Installing on Multia

Matt White (
Thu, 28 Nov 1996 17:23:46 -0600 (CST)

I just got a Multia (VX40), and I'm trying to install RedHat on it.
Actually, I managed to get it installed once, and then I tried to install
Digital Unix to see if I could. Since then, I haven't been able to
re-install RedHat.

The problem seems to be in mounting the ramdisk. I've created the MILO,
boot, and root disks, and the MILO and boot disks work fine. However,
when I put in the root disk, I get:

VFS: Insert root floppy and press ENTER
[MS-DOS FS Rel 12,FAT 12,check=n,conv=b,uid=0,gid=0,umask=022,bmap]
kernel: unaligned trap at fffffc0000393294: fffffc0000056411 29 1
Transaction block size = 512
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 02:00

I then grabbed the ramdisk.img that is used for the Craftwork
installation, and it boots fine with the same kernel and milo disks that I
was using before.

I can take the root disk to another linux machine that I have here (i386),
dd from the disk to a file, run it through gzip, and dd it to a HD
partition, and that partition is mountable as an EXT2 partition - the disk
is obviously OK.

This leads me to believe that the kernel is having problems reading a
compressed ramdisk image from the root disk. Has anyone seen this, or am
I doing something exceptionally stupid?

I have tried MILO from gatekeeper built on kernel versions 2.0.22 and
2.0.25, and I'm using the latest noname.img and ramdisk.img as the kernel
and root disk images, respectively.

- Matt White -
- Network Technical Support -
- College of Arts & Science University of Saskatchewan -
I said, "Officer, what have I done?"
He smiled and said, "Boy, you're having too much fun."
Daryl Singletary..."Too Much Fun"

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