[techtalk] RE: Error installing Red Hat Linux 7.0

Brian Sweeney bsweeney at imagedog.com
Wed Mar 7 09:35:45 EST 2001


I remembered seeing this once before, but that was a problem with a SCSI
adapter?.  In any case, your root filesystem here isn't on your hard drive
anyway, it's on the floppy you're booting from.  Chances are then the
problem is with the floppy (I've already found 3 bad floppies out of a box
of 50 I recently bought :() Try creating new ones off of the cd.

A search on google confirmed my suspicions, and points to the other
possibility of a busted floppy drive (they die often enough as well):

Problem with Boot Disks

I'm a beginner. After creating the boot disk using rawrite with boot.img as
its source, I tried to boot using the diskette. After I pressed <ENTER>, my
PC froze. Here is the last line of the message:
RAMDISK : Compressed image found at block 0
CRC errorVFS : Cannot open root device 08:22
kernel panic : VFS:Unable to mount rootfs on 08:22

Use a pair of brand-new floppy disks, and this problem should go away. The
compressed file system placed on the root disk consumes almost all the disk,
and any errors on the disk will cause this problem. Usually, replacing the
disk with a fresh floppy will solve the problem. The worst-case scenario is
a bad floppy drive, but that is unusual.

Good luck; let me know how it goes...


-----Original Message-----

From: Shannon Botz <shabot at kwu.edu>
To: "'techtalk at linuxchix.org'" <techtalk at linuxchix.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 10:51:59 -0600
Subject: [techtalk] Error installing Red Hat Linux 7.0

I am having problems installing Red Hat Linux on a computer.  I am using a
P3 550mhz with 64meg of RAM.  After booting with the floppy and entering any
install type (text, expert) I get the following error before the GUI
install.   crc errorVFS: Cannot open root device 08:41
Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 08:41.
   No matter what HD or Bios set-up I attempt to use, I get this error.
Every once in a while I get into the install GUI but it locks up after the
partition prompt.  Any ideas on how to fix this?


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