Problems booting setup program for Slackware 3.0

Problems booting setup program for Slackware 3.0

Post by Eric Rossi » Thu, 28 Mar 1996 04:00:00



I have a Gateway2000 P5-133 PC with 32MB of RAM.  I have a Western Digital 1.2GB
drive as the master on my primary IDE port, and a 1.6GB drive as the slave.  The
secondary IDE port holds a Wearnes 6X IDE CD-ROM drive.  My computer has an STB
Powergraph 64 Video display adapter and an SMC 8432 Etherpower PCI Ethernet
adapter(DEC 21040 compatible).

I had Slackware Linux v2.2.0 on the PC(on a 400MB partition of my 1.6GB
drive)and it was working fine(using LILO to boot).  Between 2/21/95 and today, I
downloaded Slackware 3.0.  Since I had nothing that needed saving on the Linux
partition of my system, I used MS-Win95 FDISK to delete the main and swap
partitions, and FDISK/MBR to remove the LILO boot master boot record.  I figured
I could just boot with a bootdisk/rootdisk set and reinstall.

Unfortunately, I was incorrect.  Since I have all the files on my D: drive(the
remaining space of the 1.6GB drive), and I didn't have a Slackware CD-ROM
anyway, I downloaded the "bare" bootdisk from
ftp://ftp.cdrom.com/.15/linux/slackware-3.0/bootdsks.144.  I used color.gz from
the same site for my rootdisk.  I used gzip to uncompress color.gz, and then
rawrite to create disks from both bare and color.

I booted with the boot disk and everything seemed to work as expected.
Eventually, the prompt
"VFS: Insert ramdisk floppy and press ENTER"
appeared.  I swapped disks, and pressed enter.  Almost immediately, I got the
following:

VFS: Disk change detected on device 2/28
Corrupted input
RAMDISK : gzip header not found - continuing with conventional load.

The floppy drive ran for a while, and then the following came up:

[MS-DOS FS Rel. 12,FAT 12,check=n,conv=b,uid=0,gid=0,umask=022]
[me=0xff,cs=32385,#f=255,fs=65409,fl=65409,ds=33024,de=65535,data=37215,se=65535
,ts=-1,ls=65545]
Transaction block size = 512
UMSDOS Beta 0.6 (compatibility level 0.4, fast msdos)
[MS-DOS FS Rel. 12,FAT 12,check=n,conv=b,uid=0,gid=0,umask=022]
[me=0xff,cs=32385,#f=255,fs=65409,fl=65409,ds=33024,de=65535,data=37215,se=65535
,ts=-1,ls=65545]
Transaction block size = 512
end_request: I/O error, dev 2100, sector 263648
isofs_read_super: bread failed, dev 0x2100 iso_blknum 65912
HPFS: hpfs_read_super: Not HPFS
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 21:00

And then, nothing.  I had to Ctrl-Alt-Del to be able to do anything.  Not
wanting to give up so easily, I downloaded the "abare" bootdisk file and tried
that.  That gave me these results, followed by the same lockup:

[MS-DOS FS Rel. 12,FAT 12,check=n,conv=b,uid=0,gid=0,umask=022]
[me=0xff,cs=32385,#f=255,fs=65409,fl=65409,ds=33024,de=65535,data=37215,se=65535
,ts=-1,ls=65545]
Transaction block size = 512
UMSDOS Beta 0.6 (compatibility level 0.4, fast msdos)
[MS-DOS FS Rel. 12,FAT 12,check=n,conv=b,uid=0,gid=0,umask=022]
[me=0xff,cs=32385,#f=255,fs=65409,fl=65409,ds=33024,de=65535,data=37215,se=65535
,ts=-1,ls=65545]
Transaction block size = 512
general protection: 0000
EIP     0010:0016ade2
EFLAGS: 00010016
eax: 00000000   ebx: 00000400   ecx: 00000100   edx: 00205f08
esi: feb04600   edi: 01feec00   ebp: feb04600   esp: 00093d0c
ds: 0018   es: 0018   fs: 002b   gs: 0018   ss: 0018
Process swapper (pid: 1, process nr: 1, stackpage=00093000)
Stack: 00205f08 00205f08 00000000 001f3468 00000046 00000000 00248600 fe8bc000
       0016a15b 00205f08 01ffd1a4 00000000 00000002 0016a53f 001f3468 00205f08
       00000000 00093dd4 00000001 00000021 00205f34 00000040 00000000 07ff45e0
Call Trace: 0016a15b 0016a53f 0016a80e 0011f77a 001200c4 0015bc21 001228a9
       00123365 0012a6b9 0010a2b9 0010913b 001090d0
Code: f3 a5 f6 c3 02 74 02 66 a5 f6 c3 01 74 01 a4 83 7c 24 14 01

Both of these screens were frozen for at least as long as it took me to write
them down by hand, so I have a feeling things were well-and-truly locked up.  I
would appreciate any insights, suggestions, or solutions you may have to offer!

Thanks!

Eric Rossing
Intec Company, Inc.

 
 
 

Problems booting setup program for Slackware 3.0

Post by Eric Rossi » Tue, 02 Apr 1996 04:00:00



>Unfortunately, I was incorrect.  Since I have all the files on my D: drive(the
>remaining space of the 1.6GB drive), and I didn't have a Slackware CD-ROM
>anyway, I downloaded the "bare" bootdisk from
>ftp://ftp.cdrom.com/.15/linux/slackware-3.0/bootdsks.144.  I used color.gz from
>the same site for my rootdisk.  I used gzip to uncompress color.gz, and then
>rawrite to create disks from both bare and color.

And here was my problem.  I blithely ignored the DO_NOT_DECOMPRESS_THESE_FILES
file in the rootdsks directory.  After I re-downloaded a copy of color.gz and
used that, without decompressing it, it worked fine.

(What took me so long to figure this out:  I tried recompressing my color to
color.gz and got the same results as with the decompressed file...)

Since then, all has been working fine.  Chalk another one up to brute
stupidity...

Eric Rossing
Intec Company, Inc.