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    Mandriva Won't Boot After Installation


    First my system specs : Acer Ferrari 4000 Laptop
    AMD Turion 64 Processor
    Chipset: ATI RADEON XPRESS 200P
    1GB DDR 333
    ATI MOBILITY RADEON X700
    100GB ATA/100 HD
    I think that's all the important information..

    Now, the problem..

    I managed to succesfully install Mandriva Linux 2005LE x86_64 on a seperate partition. Once I arrive at the Lilo bootloader and select 'linux' I receive the following error during the boot-up:
    'Kernel panic - not syncing: No init found. Try passing int= option to kernel.'

    I've tried booting in failsafe mode as well as linux_nonfb but they all produce the same error. I'm unable to actually get anywhere in the Linux system except by using the rescue CD. This is what comes up before the error occurs:
    Code:
    mounting root filesystem with flags noatime
    mount: error 6 mounting ext3 flags noatime
    well, retrying without option flags
    mount: error 6 mounting ext3
    well, retrying read-only without flags
    mount: error 6 mounting ext3
    pivotroot: pivot_root(/sysroot,/sysroot/initrd) failed:2
    umount /initrd/sys failed:2
    umount /initrd/proc failed:2
    initrd finished
    freeing unused kernel memory: 220k freed
    Kernel panic - not syncing: No init found...
    I tried re-installing the boot-loader from the rescue console and I also re-installed the whole thing but nothing changed. One odd thing I've noticed though is when I typed 'lsparts' in the recovery console it gave me a read-out of all my partitions/filesystems and for some reason both /home and / partitions were listed as ext2 filesystem. I know for a fact that I selected ext3 filesystem during both installs and mentions ext3 partitions in the actual boot process. Furthermore during the boot-up I noticed the following line near the error:
    Code:
    VFS: Mounted Root (ext2 filesystem)
    I don't really know anything about Linux but it still strikes me as wrong that it can't decide on the filesystem of the drive.

    If anyone has any idea how to fix this I'd greatly appreciate it.

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    Change bootloader

    Dear

    Init(numbers) are the processes that Linux kernel shld run before the boot.

    Now if it was unable to moun the filesystem. what will it do !!!

    Try changing the bootloader to GRUB and also use ext3 filesystem for better results.


    Enjoy!

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    Re: Change bootloader

    Quote Originally Posted by spiders
    Dear

    Init(numbers) are the processes that Linux kernel shld run before the boot.

    Now if it was unable to moun the filesystem. what will it do !!!

    Try changing the bootloader to GRUB and also use ext3 filesystem for better results.


    Enjoy!
    Thanks for the response.

    See, using ext3 is part of the problem =P

    I did select ext3 for my filesystem. ext3 partitions are mentioned during the boot-up. However, when I typed lsparts it said they weren't ext3. Each time I installed Mandriva I know I selected 'ext3' for the filesystem. So I'm sure you can understand how that's confusing

    I installed GRUB but it didn't change anything.

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