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Re: boot problems

Sorry my reply has take so long.

Scott Kersey <snk@po.cwru.edu> writes:

>   I am trying to install Debian GNU/Linux 2.2r2 (3 disks) on a Dell laptop.
>   I ran through the initial installation off the CD using the default
>   options.  After that, I am not able to boot off the rescue CD, 
>   hard drive, or rescue floppy.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!  
>   Here are the specifics:
>   My machine is a:
>      Dell Inspiron 8000 Notebook, 15" SXVGA (1400x1050), PIII 700MHz,
>      32MB ATI range mobility chip set graphics card, 20GB HD, 192MB RAM,
>      PICMIA ethernet card, Psion Gold card PICMIA modem,
>      external mouse, 
>      dual partition with Windows ME (the disk was partitioned using
>      Partition magic: 15GB for Linux with 800MB swap space)
>   When Booting Off the rescue CD:
>     I type "rescue root = /dev/hda6" at the "boot:" prompt.

Why are you typing this?  this is completely contrary to the
installation Manual and the documentation.  There is some danish
tutorial floating around that instructs to do this, but it doesn't
make sense.

The command line you gave means "use the kernel on this floppy, but
mount root off an existing linux root partition, hda6".  Based on what
you said you are doing, that doesn't make any sense -- you don't have
anything on /dev/hda* at all yet.

Don't type *anything* -- just hit return and you will boot off the
floppy, CD, or whatever.

Whoever told you otherwise, please hit them with a very very large
clue bat.  Repeatedly.

>     The last error message I get before hanging up is:
>       "Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 01:00".

Not a bug -- this is the kind of errors that occur if you give the
wrong arguments.

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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