I'd greatly appreciate any help with the following problem: When I try
to boot linux it gets to the partition check, spots the partitions
correctly, and then (presumably as it attempts to mount the root
partition), crashes. The screen is filled with seemingly random text,with
multicoloured background and foreground. After a few seconds the machine
attempts to reboot.
If I boot from a floppy, then I can mount my root partition manually,
and e2fsck doesn't report any problems with it.
A few supporting details - I'm booting using loadlin, with an ELF kernel
1.2.13 (the same versions of the kernel and loadlin that I've been using
for ages without any problems. Both of them originally from slackware
3.0). Up until the partition check the kernel seems fine, and DOS'
scandisk doesn't find any problems with my DOS partition, so I don't
think that there is any problem with by kernel image (?).
During the boot procedure, the last msg displayed is:
hda: multiple mode turned off
hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
... and then it crashes as described above.
[I think the last line is correct, there was bound to be something I
forgot to write down wasn't there? :-). The partitions are DOS/Linux
The last msg recorded in /var/adm/messages, is:
groucho kernel: *** tcp.c:tcp_data bug acked < copied
I don't know whether or not this is at all relevant, but I thought that
I had better mention it as it's not a message I can remember seeing before.
Again, many thanks to anyone who can offer some suggestions as to how I
can recover the ability to boot from my hard disk.