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Hello, I'm a new Linux user; I recieved a secondhand Windows/Mandrake computer from a friend. I connected my old hard drive to the partitioned Win/Lin one, and now I can't ...
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    Kernel Panic: no init option found.


    Hello,
    I'm a new Linux user; I recieved a secondhand Windows/Mandrake computer from a friend. I connected my old hard drive to the partitioned Win/Lin one, and now I can't boot up in Linux.
    All it tells me is "Kernel panic: no init option found. Try passing init= option to kernel."

    I've tried looking at other help files, but I don't understand a lot of the terminology. If you could tell me as basically as possible, that would be wonderful. I'm still trying to find my way around.

    Thanks in advance!

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    how did you connect your other hard drive? same ide channel? did you make it the master?
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    yes, I made it the master. But I also have a prompt that pops up every time I start my machine (powered by mandrake) that allows me to pick either Linux, windows failsafe, windows or boot off floppy each time, so would it be a problem?

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    I believe it was the same IDE channel, but even when I disconnected the second hard drive, it won't let me access Linux again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by technofaerie
    I believe it was the same IDE channel, but even when I disconnected the second hard drive, it won't let me access Linux again.
    Check again. Just to make sure that this is the case. I faced the same problem and when I changed my channel it worked. The drive to be booted has to be your primary IDE drive. or else check that in your boot device priority.
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    Thanks apooriv,

    I tested that, and I found that when the second hard drive is unplugged, it will load Linux (I also found that I have Mandrake v. 9.1), but it won't initalize my KDE enviroment, and gives me something similar to what you would get when you open the shell console: [myusername@localhost ~]$

    I'm not sure what to to from there to get my KDE back. Any advice?

    Thank you both for your help!

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