I'm trying to install Red Hat 8 on an IBM ThinkPad 390E that up until now had Win 98 on it. The computer has a Pentium II 333, with a 6 GB hard drive and 128 MB of RAM. The Red Hat CDs I have are from the SAMS Linux in 24 hours series.
Twice I tried to load it and it stalled during the install process. The third time it went all the way through (though it took more than 90 minutes), but on reboot it ended with the following error:
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 00:00
OK, I figure. I'll boot from the boot floppy I made during the install process. That gave me the following error:
Boot failed: please change disks and press a key to continue
Now the laptop is even less useful than one with Win 98 on it. I accepted the defaults (mostly) throughout the install, though I set it to delete all partitions on the drive, and said it was a two-button generic mouse rather than a three-button generic mouse.
Any ideas what the best next step would be?
-- b.r.t. (penguinista in training)