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r00ster
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Boot Linux Mint with qemu

Post by r00ster » Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:26 pm

I'm trying to boot Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64bit with qemu. I'm on Windows 10 with an 64 bit architecure.
I'm booting with this command:
qemu-system-x86_64 -drive format=raw,file=linuxmint-18.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso
And then an screen appears. It says "Booting automaticly in 10 seconds..." and after these 10 seconds a black terminal screen appears. It says
error.PNG
What should I do?

Mute Ant
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Re: Boot Linux Mint with qemu

Post by Mute Ant » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:47 pm

I don't know anything about qemu, I recognise the 'write error' linux message though, the kernel has [guess] run out of RAM unpacking the busybox OS stored in initrd.lz

The rest is just normal panic because without an initramfs there's nothing for the kernel to do.

From a live-session Mint 17.3...
vmlinuz 7062624 bytes <----- The kernel [guess] 21MB unzipped.
initrd.lz 28340640 bytes <----- The busybox OS 98MB unzipped.

So the first 128-ish MB of RAM is used just to get the kernel up-and-running.

My linux dmesg output shows...
[ 0.269169] Unpacking initramfs
[ 1.084928] Freeing initrd memory 30712K

Note my bare-metal kernel has unpacked the busybox system after 1 second ... your screenshot shows 28 seconds!
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