Kernel panic

I have a machine I am trying to set up-Linux is installed but when I try to boot up there is an error message saying there is a kernel panic-unable to load fs on kernel.  Any help would be appreciated!
floridagrrrlllAsked:
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packratt_jkCommented:
Are you using lilo?

are you booting from a disk?

what type of filesystem is it?

what distribution / version of linux?
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shane_painterCommented:
It sounds like you told it the wrong root/boot partition during the setup phase.

Answer?...
1.Try booting of of the Install/Boot disk that either came w/the distro or the one you made during setup.
2. Assuming you know which partition is the root, you will have to mount it now, 'mount -t ext2 /dev/hd?? /mnt'
3. Then cd /mnt/etc/ and check your /etc/lilo.conf file (using 'vi' or 'pico')to see where it is looking for the root partition...
      root = /dev/hda3
This says IDE HDD on Primary controller/ master setting / partition 3
4. run lilo.. '/mnt/sbin/lilo -C /mnt/etc/lilo.conf'
5. reboot, hopefully w/o a kernel panic.

One other question, ...have you tried to recompile the kernel? If so you may have not compiled in the ext2 support.
Just a thought.
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floridagrrrlllAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the word!  I really appreciate it!  I will let you know the outcome-Floridagrrrlll
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