I'm trying to install Mepis on a Win 2000 Pro VMW workstation. Do I need to create a swap virtual partition or do I just leave the whole virtual partition and let mepis handle all that?

This is my first time using VMWare.

The first time I installed mepis from cd, I did create a separate partition for swap and it looks like everything installed. But time to reboot/restart, I get the kernel panic message about 'can't open root device, sda2 or unknown-block(0,0)'

'Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)'

Any ideas/suggestions on what I'm doing wrong?