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Kernel Panic after updates - can't boot

Postby msd123 on Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:31 pm

I have a LILO multiboot system (XP, Vector and MINT - v9, I think).

I booted into MINT yesterday for the first time in quite a while, and there were a load of updates awaiting me, so I installed the lot.
All completed ok.

I then installed "secure delete" and (as root) did "sfill -f /" . This took all night to run but completed ok.

I then restarted (wish I'd done this before the sfill, then I'd know a bit more about the cause of the problem), but MINT would no longer boot - giving me flashing Caps Lock & Scroll Lock LEDs, which I think is an indicator of kernel panic.

Xp and Vector still boot fine, by the way, and memcheck shows no issues.

Any tips on how I can recover this situation ?
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Re: Kernel Panic after updates - can't boot

Postby oobetimer on Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:36 pm

You could reconfigure LILO or make Mint to boot via XP's bootloader .. :wink:

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Re: Kernel Panic after updates - can't boot

Postby DrHu on Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:53 pm

msd123 wrote:I have a LILO multiboot system (XP, Vector and MINT - v9, I think).

I don't think the earlier (than mint 11x) had many boot problems..

I would stop using lilo as a bootloader unless you had a good reason to keep it
--switch to grub2 or the older grub, which won't be limited to the first 1024 cylinders for a boot: loader/manager

Switching to the newer boot manager (Grub2..) should make it easier to follow any bootloader options/updates or suggestions
--not many keep using Lilo, even though it does work well enough within its limits..
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Re: Kernel Panic after updates - can't boot

Postby msd123 on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:49 am

thanks for the help.

I dont want to use NT Loader as I will probably get rid of Windows once XP support dies.

Will take a look at Grub then. Have avoided this in the past as I don't think you can boot Vector that way.

Using the MINT install disk, will I be able to write the GRUB boot info without touching anything else (i.e. no need for a full reinstall) ?
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Re: Kernel Panic after updates - can't boot

Postby msd123 on Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:02 am

I booted into Vector and just rewrote the LILO config file (lilo -v) and now I can boot into MINT again - simple as that :D
No idea why this was necessary or why it worked but it'll do :?
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