solved redhat 5.2 install problem, kernel panic...

solved redhat 5.2 install problem, kernel panic...

Post by Jim Fiocc » Sat, 20 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Can't install redhat linux 5.2 on brand new AMD K2-2/350 system.

Each time I get to the point where I have chosen all the packages I want
to install, it starts transferring files from CD-ROM to my hard drive,
and about 10-20% into the copying process, the file transfers slow way
down, the CD-ROM and the hard disk sound like they are working very
hard.  Then I may or may not get some warnings of the form "<file> load
failed - bad file descriptor", or "<file> failed, execution of script
failed", or "<file> failed, I/O error".  After about an hour of this, I
usually get the following fatal error: "kernel panic: VFS: can not mount
root fs on 08:22".

After each attempt, I run WDDIAG (which came with my new Western Digital
hard drive), and it finds between 9 and 186 bad sectors.  Each time,
WDDIAG is able to 'repair' all the bad sectors, and then I try again.

I found my problem!  It was the CD-ROM drive!  It was a Digital Research
36x, $50 at CompUSA.  I put in an old 4x drive and linux install booted
and completed flawlessly.  Then I went out and bought a name-brand fast
CD-ROM drive (Creative Labs 48x).  Linux install failed to boot from the
CD-ROM, but after booting from floppy, install completed with a few
errors of the form "package xyz failed".  Then I went and bought another
CD-ROM drive, this one an Acer 40x that said ATAPI on it ($80 at
CompUSA).  This one also failed to boot linux install, but after booting
from floppy, it installed with no errors.

Linux seems to be really picky about the new fast CD-ROM drives.  I'm
keeping the Acer.  I successfully installed linux and Windows 98, and can
boot either from LILO.  Now comes the linux configuration fun...



solved redhat 5.2 install problem, kernel panic...

Post by Marc Ledauphi » Tue, 23 Mar 1999 04:00:00

> == PROBLEM ==
> Can't install redhat linux 5.2 on brand new AMD K2-2/350 system.

and very interresting things


> Regards,
>  Jim

I have this problem, but I suspect the memory or the mother board: Windows
98 can't be installed (DPMI error)
(CD40X and Pentium II 400)

Marc Ledauphin


1. Redhat 5.2 Problems with Installation: Kernel Panic....

I have tried repeatedly to install Redhat 5.2 (using the floppy) but I
continue to get the following messages after which the machine completely

RAMDISK:Compressed image found at block 0
crc error VFS: cannot open root device 08:22
Kernel Panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 08:22

The 'real' installation program does not even start from there onward.

I am currently still running WIN98.
My machine has 128mByte Ram

I created correct partitions for Linux (starting prior to Cylinder 524). I
have installed Debian Linux (old version) and it installs correctly.

Would appreciate any help I can get on this.

Thanks in advance,


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