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Thread: Slackware boot problems

  1. #1
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    Jul 2008
    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    Slackware boot problems

    I just finished installing Slackware 12.1. Everything went fine until I boot up. I keep getting the error
    Kernel panic-not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on Unknown-block(253,0)
    I have heard that similer problems are common, but I can't find a good soulution. Any ideas

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    Re: Slackware boot problems

    You'll get better support Here <-click. Be sure to at the very least include a little bit of hardware information. Motherboard make and model, or the chipset and controller chipset.

    The error means the kernel was unable to locate your root file system/unable to mount the partition. Most likely, if you're not booting with the huge-smp kernel, your intrid isn't correct. Or you have a BIOS issue, and may need to pass noapic. Or you have a hard drive controller that is support by lib ata, and need to pass hda=noprobe.

    Look for a bios update for your PC.

    Also take a look at google. There's roughly 1,650 hits on your exact issue
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  3. #3
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    Aug 2005
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Lubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Re: Slackware boot problems

    Quote Originally Posted by disturbed1 View Post
    Or you have a hard drive controller that is support by lib ata, and need to pass hda=noprobe.
    I think this may be the problem. See the Slackware 12.1 Changes And Hints.txt:
    If you notice extremely long wait times when formatting partitions in the
    installer, and you're installing on a Thinkpad that has a SATA drive, it's
    possible that the wrong driver is being used, which disables DMA on the drive
    (and could happen on other machines). A bit more detail about it is here:
    Try passing "hda=noprobe" to the kernel when booting the installer, and it
    should use the correct libata driver.
    Is your hard drive sata or ide? You could try booting from a live CD, mount and chroot into your Slackware install, and changing your fstab entries from 'hda' to 'sda'. Change hda to sda in lilo.conf also, and append hda=noprobe to the kernel section; or put it in the global section. Then rerun lilo. Try booting with the huge-smp kernel first. Then try and reboot into Slack.

    Or just try a reinstall with passing "hda=noprobe" to the kernel when booting the installer, as it says in Changes and Hints. This same thing happened to me when I installed Slack 12.1 on my laptop, and hda=noprobe fixed it.
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