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Bug 5023

Summary: linux does not boot from hard disk: kernel panic VFS: unable to mount root fs on 03:03
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: jeffersontan
Component: abootAssignee: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Version: 6.0CC: jeffersontan
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Hardware: i386   
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Description jeffersontan 1999-09-09 14:09:40 UTC
/dev/hda2 was partitioned, formatted and installed with
Red Hat Linux 6.0 from CD. /dev/hda3 is the linux swap and
/dev/hda1 is an NT partition.

At boot time, linux boot stops right after autorun says
"DONE" with this message:

Kernel panic VFS: unable to mount root fs on 03:03

But if we were to boot from a floppy and mount /dev/hda2 as
root from there then it's fine.

The bootable flag has been set for both /dev/hda2 and
/dev/hda1. The hard disk is a Quantum Fireball CR8.4A 8063MB
hard disk with 418KB Cache. The default is linux (its
lilo.conf entry precedes that of "other").

The NT partition boots fine. The linux partition is
about 1.3GB. The swap partition is about 60MB. The lilo.conf
entry looks normal.

Comment 1 Preston Brown 1999-09-24 19:43:59 UTC
something is wrong with your /etc/lilo.conf.  I bet you have
root=/dev/hda3 in there, not /dev/hda2.