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Error: Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs om 03:01???

Bruce Jin
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Joined: Sep 20, 2001
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My linux failed a few weeks after I put it on the Web. Now when I reboot it I get this error:
Group descriptor corrupted!
Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 03:01
Any fix?
Thanks


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Frank Carver
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Sounds like something in /dev has been corrupted, so it can't find the drive with the root partition. Did you have a disk crash? Did you get fsck problems ?


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Bruce Jin
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We only noticed that the box was dead and we tried to reboot and it always gave the ‘group descriptor corrupted’ message at the beginning of boot.
Guy Allard
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Bruce - Can you boot from the boot disk you made during install? (I guess probably not). If you can, e2fsck all your mount points.
If nothing will boot, get a copy of 'tomsrtbt' off the net using another box. Build a rescue floppy with that, boot it and use it to e2fsck the file systems.
I think you can even make a 'tomsrtbt' rescue disk on a Win box.
Good Luck, and keep us informed of your progress/solution.
Regards, Guy
(And just as a last thought - you did not recable HD's in that box did you?)
Tim Holloway
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Yes, you can build a "tomsbtrt" recovery diskette under Linux OR Windows. And the process is so easy even a brain-dead twerp like myself can do it.
Used one just the other day to get access to a hard drive that the Linux 2.4 kernel wouldn't pick up on (tomsbtrt is a 2.2).


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Bruce Jin
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How to build a "tomsbtrt" recovery diskette under Linux OR Windows? I have used windows help and did not find out how.
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Bruce
Secret Duke
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Joined: Feb 01, 2004
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Bruce you can buy this at http://www.icewalkers.com they have them pre made set up and ready to go.
 
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