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Partition check error on boot.

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by jasonrosegiese, Jan 28, 2002.

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  1. jasonrosegiese

    jasonrosegiese Thread Starter

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    Hello all,
    First of all, I've never ran linux before, so im rather ignorant about this OS.

    I Have what is supposed to be a working demo of linux 7.1

    I'm trying to install it on my spare PC so I can check it out.

    It seemed to go through the install fine, but then when I try to boot-up, I get an error.
    I think I might have partitioned the hdd wrong, But I,m not sure how to do it right.

    When it tries to do the partition check in boot-up, it says status error : status=0x58 Drive not ready for that command

    unknown partition table

    VFS: cannot open root device 03:01
    Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 03:01


    All i can figure from this is I messed up when setting the partitions.

    PLZ PLZ HELP:confused:
     
  2. stufine

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    I would say that something is wrong with the Partition. I would just redo it and go into disk drake and partition the drive yourself.

    The way I always partition my drives is like this:
    /boot make it like 15M or so nothing big
    /swap A SWAP Partition I make it 128M
    / This is the root directory I set to take remaining space.
     
  3. jasonrosegiese

    jasonrosegiese Thread Starter

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    ok this is Mandrake 7.1

    Im not putting it on a windows system, it going on all by it self.
    When installing it goes to the screen to partition the hdd. I will try that method, and reply with the outcome.
    Remember, I've never played with linux at all.
    THX
     
  4. jasonrosegiese

    jasonrosegiese Thread Starter

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    Its still saying it cannot mount root

    When Im patitioning, should the swap file be green, or red?
     
  5. stufine

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    I don't remember the colors. (

    When you made your root partition are you sure you selected just / and not /root

    As long as you selected the swap partition it should be ok. Use the drop downs and select from there.

    If you did this all right. I don't know what else to tell you.

    Check for bad blocks when you are formatting.

    Or try using the preselected workstation or server.
     
  6. jasonrosegiese

    jasonrosegiese Thread Starter

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    Well I did just like you said (I think).

    I created 3 partitions: /boot /swap /

    It goes through the rest of the install without any problems.
    It then says to remove the CD, and reboot the computer.

    It acts like its going to work, but then I get the error
    Unable to mount root Partition unknown

    It still seems like thats telling me I'm partitioning it wrong.
     
  7. stufine

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    It doesn't sound like you are partitioning it wrong. That is how I do it all the time.

    Did you set / to take all remaining space? And verify it that it has taken the rest of the space.

    I don't know what else to check. Maybe one of the moderators will come in and lend his advice.

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
     
  8. jasonrosegiese

    jasonrosegiese Thread Starter

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    I got it...
    Your advice was correct.
    Problem was, even though this is a [email protected] with 128 Mb sdram, I still had my 340 Mb hdd out of my old 486. Apparently it wasn't able to do a full install. I dug out a 2 gig hdd, and it went through and all is well.

    Thanks a million.:D

    Now all I have to do is learn to use it.

    Any good sites to learn from??
     
  9. stufine

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    Good I'm glad it works.

    Best site for good documentation

    www.linuxdocs.org.
    Scroll down to the bottom and click the All Howto's and mini how to's link.

    Just read through the long list of how-to's, pick one that sounds interesting, and have fun!!!
     
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