1. Slackware 3.0 bootkernel floppy can't mount root
I am somewhat of a bunny, so please bear with me here :)
Installed Slackware 3.0 on 2.1GB SCSI Conner HDD with Adaptec 2940W
controller. All hardware including SCSI CD-ROM (Matshita CD-504)
detected with install boot floppy. The kernel I installed (Selcted
in setup ) was 1.2.13.
Below is the detected disk geometry and partition table with Linux
Disk /dev/sda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 261 cylinders
Units = cylenders of 16065*512 bytes
(= 8,225,280 bytes per cylinder = 2,146,798,080 bytes - looks ok)
Device Boot Begin Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 1 134 1076323+ 6 Dos 16-bit >=32
/dev/sda2 135 135 200 530145 83 Linux Native
/dev/sda3 201 201 257 457852+ 83 Linux native
/dev/sda4 258 261 134 32130 82 Linux Swap
On /dev/sda1 is Windows 95 which will change eventually
(i.e. I want Linuix as primary boot partition with Lilo
on MBR _eventually_. But first want to crawl before walking)
I have linux root installed on /dev/sda2 and /usr to /dev/sda3
Now here is what happens when trying to boot from bootkernel
floppy (Simple /vmlinuz) created with setup:
"Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:02"
The same result when configuring Lilo and installing Lilo
on a boot floppy (Dos- Win95 boots fine with LILO even when
I set the bootable flag on /dev/sda2 with linux fdisk - Every-
thing looks correct in Lilo config file)
I am however able to mount root with the install boot floppy
when typing "mount root=/dev/sda2" at the "boot:" prompt.
I do however get the obligatory warning about the bootkernel
being read-write (only supposed to be read only) prior to fs
checking. Just press C/R anyway :)
When the HDD boots (or mounts or whatever it is doing -
much disk activity here) at the login prompt I get "Welcome
to Linux 1.3.18"
I installed kernel 1.2.13!!! I am sure of it. Could setup
be installing 1.3.18 kernel on boot/root setup disks by
default? I would think not, but who knows?
Should I try yet another install? All previous installs were
from the slackware CD - maybe should try hardisk install? It would
only be the tenth or so install attempt! lost count:(
Should I try recompiling the 1.2.13 kernel?
Please any methodical advice is welcome. I have been at it for almost
1 month now. (Pity accepted also :)
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