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Mint4Win fails to boot with kernel panic, unable to mount

Postby jbmatson on Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:15 pm

Hi,

I have been trying unsuccessfully to install Linux Mint for the past couple of days.
First I tried to do a dual boot with Windows 7, but that ultimately failed because my laptop doesn't support LBA mode. (An HP NX8220)

So then I thought it's no great loss, I'll just use Mint4Win and save myself some hassle...
Well, I managed to get Mint4Win to install ok (using the run as administrator with Vista SP1 compatibility trick described in another thread)

However, when I try to boot it, it failed with an ACPI error followed by:
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount to root fs on unknown-block(104,1)

If I reboot and select the safe boot mode for ACPI support it gets a bit further but still fails with the same Kernel panic error.
I've been doing some searching, and I think it might be a problem with mounting the installation iso created by the Mint4Win installer.
I've checked the MD5 of the ISO that I downloaded, and it's ok. I can also boot the CD as a live CD (without any ACPI or Kernel panic errors), so I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

What else could be going wrong?
Any suggestions for a fix?
Thanks,
James
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Re: Mint4Win fails to boot with kernel panic, unable to mount

Postby jbmatson on Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:38 pm

I've fixed it!
After a bit more searching I found a few people that had the same problem with Wubi for Ubuntu, and their solution was to do a Disk Cleanup and Defrag after the install before the first boot.

That seemed to do the trick for me too.
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Re: Mint4Win fails to boot with kernel panic, unable to mount

Postby merlwiz79 on Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:32 pm

This happens when Windows doesn't unmount the hard drive correctly.
Booting into Windows and shutting down properly should fix it.
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