Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 136394
Fedora cannot find hard disk on installation from CD
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:10:54 EST
Description of problem:Installation - VFS: Cannot open root
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible:From downloaded iso image for FC3test3
MD5 checksum on ISO image downloaded befor burning the CD matches the
one the download page:
FC3-test3-i386-disc1.iso (md5sum: bc4efae0c3db8f32820b5a779455d20f)
although it does not match the one included with the download image
in the file:MD5SUM.i386
(there is a discrepancy in the downloaded mdgsum.i386 and the one on
the download page.)
The cd was burned with Nero Ultra version 6.
This has been tried with the same results on three different pcs.
We have tried it formating the hard disk with fat, fat32, and
unformatted with the same results.
The exact error message during the installation atempt is:
VFS: Cannot open root device "NULL" or unknown-block(8,3)
please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-
A boot with knoppix version 3.6 finds the hard drive and windows 2000
will run on the system.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Using AMD K6-400mhz 128mb ram with unformatted 10gb hard drive
2.boot from CD 1 of 4 of fedora3 test3 burned from iso image on
download page above.
3.At boot prompt type "linux text" (or just wait for default boot)
An update has been released for Fedora Core 3 (kernel-2.6.12-1.1372_FC3) which
may contain a fix for your problem. Please update to this new kernel, and
report whether or not it fixes your problem.
If you have updated to Fedora Core 4 since this bug was opened, and the problem
still occurs with the latest updates for that release, please change the version
field of this bug to 'fc4'.
This bug has been automatically closed as part of a mass update.
It had been in NEEDINFO state since July 2005.
If this bug still exists in current errata kernels, please reopen this bug.
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