Installation problems with PCLinuxOS

Installation problems with PCLinuxOS

Post by Tim Downi » Sun, 12 Feb 2006 00:47:08


I'm completely new to Linux so please bear with me.

I recently downloaded pclinuxos and successfully installed it on an old PC
that I used as an experimental testbed. Had no trouble with the disk
repartitioning and the whole system dual boots fine with no data lost.

Then I tried it on my main PC (a pretty new Pentium 4 system) and everything
went fine after the installation until the re-boot.

Following this, it wouldn't boot into Linux although the windows works fine.
I tried a reinstall (reformatting the partitions etc.) but still won't
reboot into
Linux. (FWIW I'm using the LiLo bootloader program installed on the MBR)

I suspect I've made a fairly elementary *** somewhere but it's all too new
and strange to me for me to work out what to do next.

The final message showing when it hangs is:

Kernal panic - not syncing: No init found. Try passing init= option to
kernal.

Double dutch to me I'm afraid.

The rest of the error messages that preceed that one can be seen here.

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

What do I do now? Please assume I'm an idiot when offering advice.

Tim
 
 
 

Installation problems with PCLinuxOS

Post by ilyas.ei » Sun, 12 Feb 2006 14:20:01

hi
i have PCQLinux2005, from where shall i download the PCQLinux2004.,
please provide me the url, sorry for not helping you bcoz i'm new to
linux.
regards

 
 
 

Installation problems with PCLinuxOS

Post by imotg » Sun, 12 Feb 2006 20:16:32


Are you using lilo, or grub, as your bootloader? Post your lilo.conf, or
grub's menu.lst.

--
imotgm
"Lost? Lost? I've never been lost... Been a tad confused for a
month or two, but never lost."
 
 
 

Installation problems with PCLinuxOS

Post by Tim Downi » Tue, 14 Feb 2006 07:32:01


Hi, I'm using LiLo.

It looks like this:

boot=/dev/sda
map=/boot/map
default="pclinuxos"
keytable=/boot/livecd.klt
prompt
nowarn
timeout=100
message=/boot/message
menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12-oci6.mdk-i586-up-1GB
label="pclinuxos"
root=/dev/sda8
initrd=/boot/initrd-2.6.12-oci6.mdk-i586-up-1GB.img
append="noapic nolapic acpi=ht nomce psmouse.proto=imps splash=silent"
vga=788
read-only

other=/dev/sda1
label="WindowsXP"

Hope that makes some sense to you.

Cheers.

Tim
 
 
 

Installation problems with PCLinuxOS

Post by imotg » Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:43:57


Yes, and it looks good. Sorry I missed the line about using lilo in your
first post. I just saw it now while rereading it. Seems I snipped too
much, too quick.

What does /etc/inittab look like? Might as well post /etc/fstab too. Also,
post the output of "fdisk -l /dev/sda" (without the quotes).

--
imotgm
"Lost? Lost? I've never been lost... Been a tad confused for a
month or two, but never lost."
 
 
 

Installation problems with PCLinuxOS

Post by Tim Downi » Tue, 14 Feb 2006 19:05:10


There you have me. I don't have a clue (yet) how to access these.

Tim
 
 
 

Installation problems with PCLinuxOS

Post by Nico Kadel » Tue, 14 Feb 2006 20:49:18


The various system binaries are in /sbin and /usr/sbin. Most distributions,
by default, do not put those commands in every user's PATH, but put them in
for root users only. I think this is *** amamie, and tend to edit the
weirdness in /etc/profile to set them for everyone.

But the command is usually "/sbin/fdisk -l" to get the partition information
for all the hard drives, and "/sbin/fdisk -l /dev/hda" for the hda hard
drive, etc.
 
 
 

Installation problems with PCLinuxOS

Post by imotg » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 11:24:49


OK, Tim, you cracked me up with that one. :-)

How did you get your lilo.conf? If you got that, you should be able to get
inittab, and fstab, pretty much the same way. They're all in the /etc
directory. They're all plain text files, that you open in an editor. you
can make a text copy of the fdisk output by entering;

# fdisk -l /dev/sda > /home/guest/fdisk.txt <Enter>

That's a small "L", not a numeral 1, ( -l ) after fdisk.

Let's start at the beginning. Using the PCLinuxOS live CD, do you know how
to, mount a partition, call up a konsole window, open a text file with an
editor, (which edtor) set up Knode, or Thunderbird, for newsreading and
posting? In other words, what do you know how to do, with Linux? I have an
older PCLinuxOS on hard drive, and .92 burned to CD, although I haven't
tried it yet, so I don't know how much different it is from the older
version. If need be, I can boot to the live CD, so that I see what you
see, and give you a step by step, but you've got to put some effort into
this, to help me help you. Tell me what you do know.

--
imotgm
"Lost? Lost? I've never been lost... Been a tad confused for a
month or two, but never lost."