Trouble installing Linux using boot/root disks

Trouble installing Linux using boot/root disks

Post by George Khali » Fri, 14 Apr 1995 04:00:00


I am having trouble just booting up Linux from a ramdisk using the boot/root disks.
I just bought the Linux Toolbox which comes with Slackware 2.2.0 and Linux 1.2.1

Here is my current configuration:

- Compudyne computer, PCI bus Pentium 60 MHZ flawed chip
- 16 MB RAM
- 3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy drive  (my A: drive)
- 2 Hard disks:
   - (Drive 1) Connor 540 MB EIDE drive:  1023 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors
   - (Drive 2) WD 850 MB EIDE drive:  1654 cylinders, 16, heads, 63 sectors
- SoundBlaster 16 sound card:  220 Base I/O port, 330 Midiport, Interrupt 5
- 2X SoundBlaster/Panasonic CD-ROM drive

I created the boot and root disks using the MS-Windows utility "lininst.exe".  I put the boot
disk into my A: drive and reboot.  At the "boot:" prompt I enter:

"ramdisk hd=1023,16,63 hd=1654,16,63"

so it will recognize my harddrives.  Then it goes through to recognize my CD-ROM
drive and it looks like it finds it.  Then it tries to detect my harddrives.  It prompts me to
insert the ramdisk floppy.  I insert my root disk floppy and hit enter.  Then it prompts me to
insert my root disk floppy.  I just hit enter.  Finally, I get the error Kernel Panic.

Here is what it looks like:

Partition check:
        hda:  hda1 hda2 hda3 <hda5>
        hdb:  disabled multiple mode
        hdb:  hdb1 hdb2
RAMDISK:  1474560 bytes, starting at 0x0020
VFS:  Insert ramdisk floppy and press ENTER
VFS:  Disk change detected on device 2/28
RAMDISK:  trying old-style RAM image
RAMDISK:  trying old-style RAM image
VFS:  Insert root floppy and press ENTER
[MS-DOS FS Rel. 12,FAT 0,check=n,conv=b,uid=0,gid=0,umask=022,bmap]
Transaction Block Size = 512
UMSDOS Beta 0.6 (compatiblity level 0.4, fast MSDOS)
[MS-DOS FS Rel. 12,FAT 0,check=n,conv=b,uid=0,gid=0,umask=022,bmap]
Transaction Block Size = 512

Kernel panic:  VFS:  Unable to mount root fs on 02:1c

I don't understand what <hda5> is because I only have 3 partitions on hda and I don't
know what "disabled multiple mode" means either.  It is correct that I have 2 partitions on hdb.

I am very frustrated and to the point of giving up on Linux.  Can someone help?

Thank you,

George Khalifa


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