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#1 zzzz

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 04:56 AM

This is my first experience with Linux. I'm trying to run Linux Mint 15 from a disc and later a USB drive.
 
Booting LM from the DVD disc iso file I made from the Linux Mint website in my WinXp system I got  "Boot in 6 secs" then the LM logo  and then a whitish blank screen but with, at the top, the message,
 
1.640258]Kernal 1 panic-not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown block (2.0) 
(From the later message that  "]" in1.640258] is probably a 1 -my eyes playing up)
 
The lights on Caps Lock and Scroll Lock were both flashing.
 
Going to UNetbootin I used their site to download Mint 15 to my FAT 32 USB drive. This was apparently successful.
 
Booting from this I got a similar outcome as above with the slightly different message :-
 
1.6722341 Kernal  panic-not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown block (2.0)
 
The lights on Caps Lock and Scroll Lock were both flashing.
 
Any explanations and advice please.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 05:01 AM

I said, "Booting LM from the DVD disc iso file I made ...."  This should be an iso image and not a file.

 



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 06:36 AM

What did you use to burn the image to CD?



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 06:42 AM

What kind of machine is it? I've seen a few of those with some types of hardware.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:02 PM

I used CDBurnerXP

 

The DVD iso image was done on a 2.15 GHz AMD Athlon XP with board First Intl. Computer Inc AM39L PCB .x  (XP Home SP3)

 

USB stick was done on a 2.80 GHz  AMD Athlon ll X2 240 with board ASRock N68-S  (XP Pro SP3)

if this is the relevant info you ask for.

 

Any other info I can give please ask - thanks for your interest/analysis.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 06:40 PM

At what speed was it burned at, as there may have been corruption, and I would recommend ISO Recorder - http://alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm as it has not let me down once.



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 04:32 AM

The DVD case says 4X and the memory stick took about 20 odd minutes I think -quite slow for both I suppose. So whether slow or fast is more liable for corruption I don't know but I'll try that iso Recorder link for another try - thanks for that.

 

Strange though that both my attempts gave similar errors when done on two different media on two computers.



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 05:01 AM

I have downloaded the ISO Recorder but I don't understand the 'How to use...'.

 

The first part says  'To create a CD with ISO Recorder right-click on a file with .iso extension and select "Copy Image to CD"

 

Then further on it says, Part 2,  "To create a disc image insert a CD (DVD) into a drive and right-click on it choosing Create Image from CD option."

 

Looks like a repeat to me but obviously isn't - please explain.

 

Oh now I see in FAQs this: Windows XP version of ISO Recorder does not support DVD operations. You cannot record a DVD image or create a DVD-sized image out of the directory contents. You can still make an ISO file out of a existing data DVD.

 

Nothing about using memory sticks either so am I stymied? 


Edited by zzzz, 28 September 2013 - 05:04 AM.


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Posted 28 September 2013 - 06:14 AM

A liveCD is usually 700Megabytes in size.

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 08:08 AM

On both my occasions there seemed to be no choice of size at 995MB. Will look out for the 700MB Live CD option.



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 08:12 AM

Here you go here is one of the first live cd's that came out: http://mirrors.kernel.org/knoppix/ it is 700Megs.



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:24 AM

That link seems to be a long list of Index of /knoppix whatever that is. Also I see no mention of live, CD or 700MB.

Then there is a warning if one's computer does not support PAE - how to tell?

So if not then use Mint 13 but don't if using certain Samsung laptops.

 

So not having the time to find out and consider these myriad concerns I'm going to put Linux on the back burner for now but thanks to all responders to my queries.



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:28 AM

Now I see cd is mentioned but with redhat - anyway I will rest.



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 08:01 AM

This is the one that you want: http://mirrors.kernel.org/knoppix/ADRIANE-KNOPPIX_V7.2.0gCD-2013-07-28-EN.iso this will allow you to burn it to a CD then go into your boot devices and boot from CD.  Its the same process as with Ubuntu, and I Know for a fact that Knoppix is in deed a livecd.

 

PAE = Physical Address Extension to allow one that has 32bit processors to use more then 3.5gigs of RAM.



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 11:16 AM

Right,thank you for that info. I'll give it a try.






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