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Zubenelgenubi
March 9th, 2009, 07:01 AM
Recently aquired nasty virus that compromised windows XP to the extent that the machine regularly shut down without warning. Decided to give Linux a go but all attempts to install alongside XP have failed. When I attempt to reboot as per instructions I recieve the following error messages (even if I try safe mode)

Operation aborted
0.185820 ACPI Aborted because broken padding
1.580468 invalid compressed format (err=2)
1.645307 Kernel panic - not syncing VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown wn. block (8,1)

I guess the next step is reformatting the hard drive and flying solo with Linux but am worried the that problem maybe more complex and possibly terminal.

Any tips?

Tks]

lindsay7
March 9th, 2009, 07:59 AM
I would be worried about the shut downs with windows, a lot of things could cause that. I am going to look for a post on a similar error code read out and post it for you when I find it.

lindsay7
March 9th, 2009, 08:04 AM
Not sure this will help at all but there some boot options on the live cd that may tell you somemore.


Re: Complicated problem with Live CD. (wont boot, error's galore )
I just saw this in another post on a different problem, but maybe this would help.

On the live cd install disk when you start the program, one of the first screens you get has at the bottome a list of f keys (f1, f2 . etc) for alternate startup instructions. on the f key listed for other options, you should get these options:

ok, i went to other boot options, and it has 5 options of ACPI=OFF noapic nolapic edd=on Free Software Only

Maybe one of those options will get you going.