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Unable to mount root fs on 08:41

By dlevine ·
Does anyone know what this represents? I belive its my scsi hard drive or controller. The entire message reads:
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:41.

I'm running a Compaq Proliant 2500 server with 256mb ram. I'm new to linux, so any assistance would be great.

Thank you

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Unable to mount root fs on 08:41

by taminato In reply to Unable to mount root fs o ...


The error message "Unable to mount root fs on 08:41" is telling you that the kernel is unable to find the root file system on device ID (major:minor) 08:41 which translates to (I think) /dev/sdc8. If you know exactly where you root filesystem is, you can startup linux by issuing the command 'linux root=/dev/****' to tell the kernel where your root fs is.

You can find more information regarding Linux device major and minor number at

Good luck.

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