Bug 90721 - Cannot boot to Windows XP or Linux. Kernel Panic : no init found. Try passing init = option to kernel
Cannot boot to Windows XP or Linux. Kernel Panic : no init found. Try passi...
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: grub (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-05-12 17:09 EDT by ear
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:53 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-06-29 16:52:37 EDT
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Description ear 2003-05-12 17:09:22 EDT
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Description of problem:
I've never used Linux, so I won't be too specific.  I have a computer with a 
120 GB internal harddrive with Windows XP and alongside that I have a 60 GB 
external harddrive.  So I wanted to install Red Hat Linux 8.0 onto my external 
harddrive.  If anything went wrong, I could unplug it and boot Windows XP 
without a problem (I thought). So I ran Partition Magic and left 5GB free on my 
external harddrive.  I started to run the Red Hat Linux 8.0 cd 1 and had them 
partition the drives themselves on the free 5GB.  That went good and everything 
was fine.  It installed and I choose my color display.  It said to make the 
floppy disk, so i did that.  I then rebooted without the floppy disk in the 
first time, and it said grub error.   I rebooted with the floppy disk in and it 
started to work.  It said something like <boot> then i would hit enter to start 
the boot.  I hit enter, numbers and info starts flying everywhere to start it, 
but it stops and give me the error :::Kernel Panic : no init found.  try 
passing ini= option to kernel :::.  It stays there and I can't type anything 
and all I can do his restart.  I can't get around it anyway!  If I unplug the 
external harddrive, GRUB still tries loading.  Somebody said I might've 
installed GRUB onto the internal harddrive, and linux onto the external 
harddrive, but I doubt that.  Why can't I start up Windows XP?  What can I do 
to boot up Linux?  Somebody said  I should boot using Lilo.  Will that be 
somewhere in my files if I never had a previous version installed.  How do I 
boot to Lilo?  Can somebody give me some advice???
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2003-05-16 18:11:12 EDT
What kind of external hard drive is this with?  (what type of connection)
Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 2003-06-29 16:52:37 EDT
Closing due to inactivity

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