[Techtalk] kernel panic

Wendy Galovich wendy at scottishmusician.com
Sun Aug 19 10:04:16 EST 2001

The one time I got a kernel panic message, it turned out that the processor 
fan had stopped working, and the processor was undoubtedly overheating. After 
I replaced the faulty fan, everything worked fine again. 

I couldn't tell you what the exact message was, but it was similar to yours, 
in that the system essentially couldn't find the hard drive. My system isn't 
dual boot though, so I couldn't even guess why W98 would boot, but not Linux. 
s it possible that Linux does a better job of identifying certain problems 
just as they're beginning to occur? Actually in my case, I was sure I'd have 
to replace the processor, and it surprised me that it apparently wasn't 
damaged. I am really interested in what everyone else has to say about this, 
as the resolution to my own kernel panic incident was mostly guesswork. 


On Friday 17 August 2001 22:10, Ray306 at aol.com wrote:
> I'm having a problem with starting my Linux distro on 1 of my machines. I
> have Mandrake dual booted with Win98 and the Win 98 boots just fine. When I
> boot into Linux I get
> kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 3:02
> I've deduced that there is a problem mounting hda2. I've tried to mount it
> and it will not allow that from the command line in rescue. I've also tried
> running e2fsck on hda2 and gotten a message stating that this may not be an
> ext2 filesystem ( it is) or that the it has a bad superblock (I've tried
> the next 5 superblocks to no avail).
> Any ideas as to how to get this to complete the boot process.
> Thanks
> Ray

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