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Linux installation on PowerMac with Dos Capatibility Card

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Linux installation on PowerMac with Dos Capatibility Card

I am a new starter with Linux and i am currently trying to run with Ver 3.0 of Linux included with the book "Linux Unleashed".

I have a Power Mac 6100 which has an external Iomega Zip Drive of which i am deicating solely for the use of Linux, driven by the DOS compatibility card (486DX).

So far following the book i have created the Boot & Root Discs required for the Slackware Linux 3.0.0 installation.
This requires the P.C. to be started with the Boot disc followed by the Root disc.

On starting the initialisation with the Boot disc the screen is filled with the following text:

Loading Ramdisk
Uncompressing Linux...Large Kernel, low 1M tight done
Console: colour EGA+ 80x25, 1 virtual console (max 63)
Calibrating delay loop.. 33.55 BogoMips
Serial Driver Version 4.11 with no serial option enabled
tty00 at 0x03F8 (irq=4) is a 16540
tty01 at 0x02F8 (irq=3) is a 16540
Ftape: allocated 3 buffers aligned at: 00210000
No BIOS32 Extensions present. This release still depend on it. Sorry
SCSI: 0 hosts
SCSI: detected total
Memory: 1068k/4096K available ( 768K kernel code, 384K reserved,1876k data)
This processor honours the wp bit even when in supervisor mode Good.
Swansea University Computer Society NET3.019
Swansea University Computer Society TCP/IP for NET3.019
IP Protocols :ICMP, UDP,TCP
Checking 386/387 coupling ... O.K., fpu using exception 16 error reporting
Checking "hit" instruction .. O.K.
Linux version 1.2.13 (root@chipmunk)(gcc version 2.7.0) #2 Wed Sept 6 19:12:46 p DT 1995

VFS: Insert ramdisk flopply & press ENTER

Kernel Panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 02:1c

After inserting the Root disc the message regarding the Kernel appears!

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If anyone can help or provide useful suggestions at this point, it will be greatly appreciated. As i feel am i almost there ?

Thanks in advance Keith

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Commented:
I suspect your root disk is damaged. Try writing a fresh one on a new floppy. If you downloaded it, try getting a fresh copy.

Just one remark: why would you run Linux under Intel x86 emulation, and not under native PPC mode? Search for mklinux on the net for the latter.

(Unless of course you want to run commercial applications. They would not be as readily available for the PPC.)

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