> DB> We're trying to install Linux on an IBM Thinkpad 486 w/ 12 MB of
> DB> ram. We got past LILO and the boot prompt--after loading a
> DB> screenful of drivers, it asks us to insert the ramdisk. This isn't
> DB> mentioned in the instructions, but we tried inserting various disks.
> DB> With all of them, it simply tells us that we changed the disks,
> DB> then says to insert the rootdisk. After the rootdisk is inserted,
> DB> it says "Kernel Panic: VFS: Could not mount fs on " and what looks
> DB> like a hex address--something like "01:5C". I saw another posting
> DB> about this, but it was as far back as my newsreader goes, and I
> DB> didn't see any useful replies..does anyone know about this? We used
> DB> different combinations of the net and bare bootdisks and the color
> DB> and text rootdisks, to no avail.. Thanks for any advice!
When you're prompted for the boot parameters, you need to enter
"floppy=thinkpad" as a command-line option. I don't know which kernels
support this--I'm running RedHat 1.2.13 kernel on my Thinkpad 755c with a
USR 14.4 Modem and 3Com 3c589 Ethernet on PCMCIA. (I've got the 1.3.99
sources and will build them for APM one of these days... :) )
There used to be a Linux on Thinkpad WWW page in France, but it appears
to have gone away. Maybe I'll get some of my own notes up one of these
Another (so I've read) common problem with Linux on ThinkPads has to do
with the fact that the HDD geometry is not stored in BIOS or something,
and must be entered on the command line as well, but I never had that
problem on my system (May only be older models).
Also, the X support is a little sketchy for me, since I have an obscure
Western Digital video chipset (WD90C24), but it works pretty well (Better
than my roomate's Dell P120 Notebook >:) )
Feel free to email me with any more problems or questions you might have.
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