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Re: installing, bad primary partition fatal error

What command did you use with loadlin?  It should be

    loadlin linux root=/dev/ram initrd=root.bin

Try this and make sure that you get it right.

The FATAL ERROR message is most likely caused by a bad floppy.  Linux is
_very_ picky about floppies and you might need to make 5 or 6 before you
get a good one.  No kidding.  For this reason the loadlin method is

Lindsay Allen   <allen@cleo.murdoch.edu.au>  Perth, Western Australia
voice +61 8 9316 2486    32.0125S 115.8445E    vk6lj      Debian Linux

On Fri, 3 Jul 1998, Avalon Rusk wrote:

> I tried installing debian 1.3 after downloading it from the website.
> I made a rescue floppy and attempted an install from DOS with loadlin
> (1.6).  From loadlin, I got the following message during the install
> process (but before configuring the monitor or keyboard):
> Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 01:00
> I was then able to boot back into DOS/Win95. (I have 8M ram and a 285M
> IDE hard drive.)  I then attempted to boot/install Linux from the
> rescue disk.  The following error occured when I was adding partitions
>  (after configuring monitor and keyboard):
> I tried a few more times each way with the same results (FATAL ERROR
> for rescue floppy and Kernel panic for loadlin).  Can someone please
> help me figure out what to do?
> --
>   Avalon
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