Redhat 7.1 Install Problem (Kernel Panic root=)

Posted on 2002-05-29
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
Hello, I have a 20Gb hard disk and partitioned it into 2 partitions, C & D, with each partition with
10Gb. I have preinstalled Win 98. My problem is when I tried to install Redhat 7.1 OS, I got this problem,
which is:
"Kernel Panic: VFS: Unable to mount root 8:41 something" and the installation process halted.
Please help.
Question by:tonylkf
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is D on an extended partition?

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I think so, it should be a logical extended partition.
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this might be the problem, I'm not shure if RH can install LINUX on a logical partition. AFAIK RH uses lilo, try if you can use grub as boot loader instead.
Otherwhise you need to boot into W9x and use loadlin.exe to start Linux :-(
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Actually the redhat 7.1 CD is bootable.... it gave that kernel panic problem...
But when I tried borrow redhat 7.2 CD from my fren and install it, it works fine....
I do not know whether it is the feature of the CD or the CD error.
Where can i find the loadlin.exe file and I should run that file in win98 environment?
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as I said: might be a problem with RH
If you have 7.2, use that, or better 7.3
loadlin.exe is somewhere on the CD, don't know how RH handles this. Probably you need to do it manualy.

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Dunno, but this sounds like a LILO problem.
Older versions of Lilo had a problem with installations greater than 8GB from the start.
What you can do is boot off the CD into rescue mode, then edit your lilo.conf (/mnt/sysimage/etc/lilo.conf) and change linear to lba32.
Then chroot /mnt/sysimage /sbin/lilo to reinstall lilo. And then reboot as normal.
Hope this helps

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