Kernel Panic w/P6 & NT Boot

A friend of mine has attempted to install Caladra Linux on my Pentium-Pro. I have installed Windows NT 4.0 ws using an NT boot manager (bootpart 2.20 for winnt by G Vallant - info@winimage.com). This boot manager is supposed to work with Linux/NT.

The install goes well with no problems. Upon boot we get this final mssage - Kernel Panic - VFS unable to mount root fs on 03:02 !

NT boots fine on 2 hard drives. The Linux parition is sitting on the same HD as my C drive - the D drive is on a seperate drive (I have 2 drives) both Western Digital 3.2 gig and 2.0 gig.)

My main drive is partitioned as follows: C: 1500 MB, Linux 1449 MB & the Linux swap file is 71 mb. The D drive is a seperate 2 gig HD.

The computer is as follows:

Pentium Pro (p-6) (Custom build)
128 ram
#9 128-II Imagine 4mb VRAM
AWE 32 SB (disabled - my option)
17" Iiyama Vision Master Pro 17
SuperMicro P6 SNE motherboard

What is causing my problem at boot? Is is the boot manager or the original install of Linux ? Which would be the BEST solution - other than forgetting Linux. I understand compatabillity issues DO exist with them - as does almost anything with NT.

I am nearly 60 years old. I selected NT as my 1st OS as 4.0 had just come out (build 1381). since then I have used NT ws/server and even OS/2 alongside using an NT boot manager - no problems. (I am happy with NT btw)

Anyway - I want to use Linux for the sheer joy of learning it and to say I did  it.

Sincerely
H. M. Green
HMC/USN/RET
windows-nt4@usa.net

HMCSAsked:
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tq3407Commented:
Hi  I was able to boot linux with the NT Boot loader.  Where did you install LILO?  Let me know so I can help you get going.
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HMCSAuthor Commented:
Edited text of question.
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HMCSAuthor Commented:
I have no bloody idea ! I am not a Linux person - my freind did all the  dirty work. I suppose it is somewhere on the Linux partition.  Prob as boot is goes thru a sequence and ends in a
kernel panic !

Help ?
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HMCSAuthor Commented:
Simplified - is this a problem with:

1. Boot loader of NT
2. The install of Caladra

Boils down to this question. Can I salvage the install or have my friend do it ALL over again ? I do not have the skill or a Linux install - NT sure all day long !
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hansendcCommented:
  You can most definitely salvage the install.  Linux is not like windows, you don't have to install it once a week.  
   The problem is not with the Caldera install.  
   When you boot and select Linux from the NT bootloader, do you get something on the screen that says "LILO: "?
   If you don't, it is a LILO problem.  To fix it, you will need to boot up on your Linux rescue diskette and re-run Lilo.  We can help you configure it if you get to this point.
   If you do get a LILO prompt, the problem is probably with your /etc/fstab file.  I had a problem once where a kernel recompile switched my SCSI drive between sda and sdb.  This was reconciled by changing the entry in /etc/fstab to point to the correct drive.  
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
You have to install LILO in your Master Boot Record and configure it for booting Linux and any other non-serious OS you wish.
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patowicCommented:
There is some good information on getting linux and NT to coexist at http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/mini/Linux+NT-Loader.html

That might have some useful info for you.  Basically, when you're running NT, you do NOT want to use lilo.
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HMCSAuthor Commented:
Been away sick - I got 3 weeks to do this now before I am extended away at work for months !

I do not think I have a rescue disk & then if I do not need LILO to begin with
what then shall I do?

I am highly tempted to attempt, without my friends help, to reinstall Linux and go from there since this is a real mess to begin with.

Sadly enough I must have NT and linux co-exist - otherwise I do not think I would be having this discussion.

The URL from patowic might prove very helpful in this situation as well as his suggestion to not need LILO in the 1st place.

A salvage may not be possible but from this I might be able to create an install that would work from scratch.
Thanks :-) Will keep you posted !
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
LILO is the boot manager, that' s all I can say.
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patowicCommented:
The NT Boot manager, ISTR, can be crowbar'd into loading linux, however.  And (naturally enough) NT doesn't like to coexist with non-MS stuff, so it (and I speak from memory) tends to barf on lilo.

Good Luck HMCS!
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mixerfix122699Commented:
Ok, you kernel is failing in finding the root partition on the primary master disk, second partition (03:02) which, you say, _is_ your Linux partition.

Please double-check (using fdisk or disk manager under NT)  that this _is_ indeed your Linux partition and that it's number is INDEED partition 2.

post a followup and we'll go from there...

oh - by the way - what distribution are you using?


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HMCSAuthor Commented:
In response to mixerfix - the Linux partition is indeed 3:02. My distribution is Caldera Open Linux 1.3.
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mixerfix122699Commented:
If so - you have something munged in the lilo install.

probably the simplest method to fix that would be to boot rescue (using the CD or floppy) and re-running lilo with the correct lilo.conf...

Can you post the lilo.conf, please?
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rolfcCommented:
Hi
I have a machine with W98, W2000 and Linux. I put lilo on the inuxpartition and boot with NT loader. The trick is to use bootpart which you find here.
http://www.winimage.com/bootpart.htm.
Only thing is that you have to run bootpart under NT every time you change the lilo configuration

with best regards
Rolf Cronberg
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