[Solved] Can not load a ramdisk with an old kernel image

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[Solved] Can not load a ramdisk with an old kernel image

Postby douglbe on Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:04 am

Yesterday I downloaded the Linux Mint 14 ISO with Mate and burned it to a DVD. I ran Linux Mint from the DVD with no problems. Today when I booted to the Linux Mint DVD I get this error message "can not load a ramdisk with an old kernel image". Is my bootable disk no longer good? Anything I can do to boot from this disk?
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Re: Can not load a ramdisk with an old kernel image

Postby viking777 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:30 pm

Past reports of this error message have sometimes been linked to lack of memory or failing memory in the host computer. Is this an old machine? How much memory does it have? Have you tested the memory with something like memtest recently? It is unlikely that a dvd will fail after one day, although reburning it is probably a cheaper option than replacing failing memory. Of course, if your memory chips are failing (and that is by no means certain) then you would have to replace them eventually anyway .
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Re: <Solved> Can not load a ramdisk with an old kernel image

Postby douglbe on Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:23 pm

I ran memtest86 and the memory is ok. I tried the disk after running the memory test and I did not get the error, but Mint would not load, it hung up. This machine is an Acer Aspire laptop, Intel I3, 4GB ram, and running Windows 7 64 bit. The laptop is 4 years old. The boot disk is OK, I tried it on my desktop and it has loaded. Tried the laptop again and no go. I plugged in a portable USB DVD drive and booted from that and Mint loaded with no problems. Looks like my issue is with the internal DVD drive. Thanks for your help Viking 777, it made me to keep troubleshooting. I am probably going to install on my laptop as a dual boot system and give it a try. Thanks again.
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