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psynot 05-01-2008 06:23 PM

Slackware-current 20080429: Kernel panic
I've just downloaded Slackware 12.1, current 20080429,both the DVD and CDROMversions. After burning the image to disc and installing it to an external USB drive for testing. When I try to boot from the external
drive, with the internal drive disconnected, I receive the following message on the boot screen:

autorun: DONE

Cannot open root device "802" or unknown-block(8,2)

Please append a correct "root=" option; here are the available

1600 4194302 hdc driver: ide-cdrom

1640 4194302 hdd driver: ide-cdrom

Kernel panic-not syncing:

VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,2)

I have been able to run other systems, Debian, Open Suse, Solaris, and
others from this drive without difficulty and I would like to know if anyone out there has had a similar problem, or if anyone can suggest
a remedy.

T3slider 05-01-2008 07:49 PM

I have no experience in this area, but it is possible that the USB driver hasn't been initialized by that point, in which case you would want to add a delay before attempting to boot. You should search the forums for a complete answer, as it has been asked, and answered, in the past. There is a recentish thread from Alien Bob I think that detailed the process.

Bruce Hill 05-01-2008 08:32 PM


gankoji 05-02-2008 12:22 AM

More than likely you have received a bad copy of the images. Perhaps it was a bad transmission (this happened to me, the first time I d/led 12.0) or maybe there was a glitch in that build that just didn't like your hw/BIOS. You should probably d/l the latest build, or wait until 12.1 is stable.

mcnalu 05-02-2008 04:57 AM

I agree with T3Slider - see this thread.

I had the same problem with current at RC1, so it's not just a slackware 12.0 thing.

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