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Hi, I am having a serious problem with booting Linux RedHat9.0 on a dual AMD 2800+. We are using the linux box for CPU-intensive jobs, that require a lot of writing to disk. All of a sudden, the box froze, and after restarting it, Linux boots from a GRUB boot loader, then i choose the smp kernel, starts to go through the hardware checks, but then i get the message "Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init = option to kernel". Nothing happens after that. These are the things i tried, yet not of them worked so far: Tried ...

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    Default Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init = option to kernel

    Hi,
    I am having a serious problem with booting Linux RedHat9.0 on a dual
    AMD 2800+.
    We are using the linux box for CPU-intensive jobs, that require a lot
    of writing to disk. All of a sudden, the box froze, and after
    restarting it, Linux boots from a GRUB boot loader, then i choose the
    smp kernel, starts to go through the hardware checks, but then i get
    the message "Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init = option to
    kernel". Nothing happens after that. These are the things i tried, yet
    not of them worked so far:

    Tried to boot from CD/floppy, then from hard drive, same problem.
    Reinstalled RH9.0 from scratch, same problem.
    Reinstalled RH8.0, same problem.
    Checked the drive for bad blocks during linux installation, no
    reported bad blocks.
    Booted from a root floppy, checked the sbin/init, it is there.
    Reading dome previous postings, i got a new hard drive, installed
    Linux on it, same problem.
    Swapped the hard drive to the secondary master (for checking the board
    IDE connection), changing also the IDE cable, same problem.
    Reset the CMOS in the board before installing, swapping the ram
    sticks, same problem.
    Installing Windows 2000/xp was possible without any problem.

    Any ideeas what could be wrong? I am starting to lose my patience with
    this system. Any advice would be really appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Liviu
    Liviu Guest

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    Default Re: Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init = option to kernel

    On 30 Oct 2003 09:39:02 -0800, Liviu Mirica
    <com> wrote: 

    Try memtest86.

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    Bill Guest

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    Default Re: Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init = option to kernel

    Liviu Mirica wrote: 

    Can you get the system up in rescue mode?
    Before I switch back to Slackware I had a couple of problems with
    redhat so these may or may not be helpful.

    1) Edited /etc/fstab and changed all the "LABEL=" back to the
    regular devices "/dev/hdaX". I used lilo so running "lilo -v" was
    also needed.

    2) Found that somehow the partition type was changed from type 83
    to another type. Don't remember which off hand.

    3) Somehow it switched from ext3 back to ext2 or lost the journal
    somehow. Ran "mke2fs -j /dev/hdaX" to convert it back to ext3.

    As I said before, these may or may not solve your problem, they
    are just some problems I had but that was with redhat-7.3 and I
    don't use redhat anymore so YMMV.
     

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    Uptime: 24 days, 21:24, 2 users, load average: 0.01, 0.18, 0.5

    David Guest

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