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redhat 7.2 install kernel panic

michael worden
Occasional Visitor

redhat 7.2 install kernel panic

On the first install of redhat 7.2, i got the following error message. I am trying to install to with a dual boot to Windows ME. I have used Partition Magic
and Partition Commander to free up 5 GB of a 30 GB disk. I have tried using the proprietary software to set up the linux drives and, alternatively, have
left the empty space for the native linux tools to do the work.

The error reads as follows:
ramdisk: compressed image found at block 0
crc error freeing initrd memory: 2046k freed
Ext 2-fs: unable to read superblock
cramfs: wrong magic
isofs_read_super: bread failed,
dev=09:02, iso_blknumb=16, block=32
kernel panic: vfs: unable to mount root fs on 09:02

Some other distro's I have tried include Debian, Mandrake, Peanut, Vector and Correl. All of these, except Correl, fail at the disk partition stage,
complaining of a segmentation fault. Correl actually got to a X window and then crashed.

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SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS
Base processor and speed

Intel (R) Celeron (TM) 800 MHz processor

Socket 370
100 MHz FBS (Front Bus Speed)

Chipset

Intel 810

Motherboard manufacturer

Trigem

Memory

Component
Attributes
RAM (standard)
128 MB RAM PC100
Maximum
512 MB (2x256 MB DIMM)
Speed
100 MHz synchronous
Sockets
Two - 168 pin DIMMs
Size
32, 64, 128 and 256 MB DIMMs
Free DIMM Sockets
1
Pairs Required
No
Type Supported
SDRAM, Intel PC SDRAM unbuffered DIMM specification,
revision 1.0 compliant


Cache

Level
Quantity
Level 1
Upgrade
Sockets
32 KB (on processor)
None
Level 2
128 KB (on processor)


Hard drive

30 GB (3.5" form factor)

CD-ROM drive

Attribute
Properties
Speed
48x (maximum)
Access Speed
75-85 ms
Transfer Rate
2.0-4.8 MB/sec


Fax/data modem

Attribute
Properties
Modem
Supports V.90 K56 Flex protocols with AC97 sound down
(Cheetah2)
Manufacturer
Smart / Lucent
Data Speed
56 Kbps
Plug and Play
Yes
Hayes Compatible
Yes
Data compression
v.42 bis
Error correction
v.42
Com Port (default)
2
IRQ (default)
Variable
EIA fax commands
Class 1


Video graphics

Attribute
Properties
PCI Local Bus Controller
Intel 810
Video Memory
11 MB shared memory, Integrated
Graphics, Not upgradeable
Feature connector
(game/joystick)
Yes
Resolutions (video resolutions dependent upon specific display
used)

640 x 480
16/256/32K/64K/16.7M colors

800 x 600
16/256/32K/64K colors

1024 x 768
16/256/32K/64K colors

1280 x 1024
256 colors


MPEG-1/2 (for playback)

MPEG - 2 for full-screen, full motion digital video

Sound/audio

Attribute
Properties
Compatibility
3-D Stereo, PCI, 16-bit Sound
Controller
AMC97 Codec
Location
Crystal Sound Chip (on motherboard)
Manufacturer
Lucent/Smart
Noise Cancellation
Yes
Line Out
Yes
3-D Spatializer
Yes
Wavetable
Yes
Tone Control
No
Microphone
With HP Pavilion Multimedia Display


External ports

Total

Port Type
Quantity
USB
2
Serial
2
Parallel
1
Game
1


Front panel I/O

Port Type
Quantity
USB
1
Serial
1


Expansion slots

Total

Slot Type
Quantity
PCI
3


Available

Slot Type
Quantity
PCI
2
whatever
2 REPLIES
I_M
Honored Contributor

Re: redhat 7.2 install kernel panic

Hi

the paic message,
kernel panic: vfs: unable to mount root fs on 09:02

means that your kernel try to mount /dev/md2 (major9, minor 2)
Are you using software raid?
or just non-software raid partition?
If your disk is IDE , the 2nd partition on first disk is /dev/hda2 (03:02)

Try, from boot: prompt,
"boot: linux root=/dev/hda2"

what happend?
Steven Mertens
Trusted Contributor

Re: redhat 7.2 install kernel panic

hi,

Are you installing from floppy ?
Are your sure the problem isn't the
floppy disk ? Just a guess.

Steven