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  1. #1

    what are the boot-time kernel options for linux?

    Hi all,

    I've installed PCLOS into a logical-partition in my extended partition and would like to be able to boot it from my existing GRUB menu.

    Using the PCLOS BootloaderFAQ & some help elsewhere, I've managed to add an entry that finds and boots my kernal in my PCLOS partition...

    unfortunately, it doesnt finish loading, crashing out with this error:

    "Kernal panic! - not synching"
    "try passing an init=option into the kernal."

    I'm presuming I need to add this (and possibly some other stuff) to my
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hda5
    in my menu.lst in the grub configuration??

    My disk is divided up like so:

    1: Windows XP (NTFS), ok
    2. Linux swap, ok
    3. Knoppix (DEBIAN) ...(with the GRUB config), ok

    4. then the extended partition containing....
    - 5. PCLOS, fails
    - 6. A spare FAT32 partition, ok

    My grub entries:

    title Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.16-beyond4.1 Default
    root (hd0,3)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda4 ro ramdisk_size=100000 lang=us apm=power-off nomce vga=791
    initrd /boot/initrd.img

    ... then some special options Knoppix/Debian kernel start-up options...


    #### Windows XP
    title Windows 2K/XP/2003 (hda1)
    chainloader (hd0,0)+1

    ### PCLinuxOS!!!
    title PCLinuxOS
    root (hd0,4)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hda5
    initrd /boot/initrd.img
    Here's my OS...
    PClinuxOS: version: p93a- "mini me"
    PCLOS Kernel
    Knoppix/Debian Grub: v0.97

    I want to keep my existing Grub menu, because it contains special multimedia options for my Debian OS

    Does anyone have any suggestions or point me to some reference-site for the kernel startup options?

    eg. maybe i could do a step-by-step startup with debugging info, like you can on windows



  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    CT --> PA
    my guess is the partition that is holding that stuff is not supported natively by the system (ie the partition is ReiserFS and you only have native support for ext3) What are the errors leading up to that kernel panic?
    Chicks dig giant mechanized war machines

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