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Re: debian won't boot: Inspiron 600m, Windows XP dualboot

On Mon, 14 Apr 2003 17:59:15 -0500
John Greaton Wohlbier <wohlbier@cae.wisc.edu> wrote:

>> Hi,
>> I have an inspiron 600m that I am trying to set up as a 
>> dual boot with debian and XP. For now let me just say
>> that the debian boot process (from floppies) doesn't work
>> (apm bios not found, kernel panic, etc.). Before explaining
>> the problem in detail to this list or debian-boot
>> I would like a way to generate a log file of the boot messages.
>> Is there a way to generate such a log file?

>I don't think so as from your description these messages happen before
>there is any filesystem mounted that you could log to.  The floppy you
>booted from isn't a proper filesystem.

>Have you tried the versions of the boot floppies with different kernels?

>There is one called safe which says it works around some buggy BIOSes
>and the ide-pci version doesn't have APM support so may work better on
>your hardware.

>See debian/dists/woody/main/disks-i386/3.0.23-2002-05-21/images-1.44/
>on your local debian mirror.


I have now tried both "safe" and "idepci" flavors with the same results.
Furthermore, with the idepci flavor I have tried some boot parameter
arguments as suggested in the help

boot: linux oapic aic7xxx=no_probe

with the same results. I have typed the final several lines of the
error below.

Can anyone help!?!?


VFS: Insert root floppy disk to be loaded into RAM disk and press ENTER
request_module[block-major-2]: Root fs not mounted
apm: BIOS not found.
VFS: Cannot open root device 02:00
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 02:00

John G. Wohlbier

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