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    fresh install wont boot

    ok i bought a new WD 120 gig hd and installed in my gateway w/ P3 450 192megs of ram and a 9 gig hs w/ winxp alerady installed on a ultra 66 card.
    I then d/led mandrake 10.1 and md5sum said ok. I'm install linux on the new hd. It installed fine as long as the hd was on the primary ide. but after installation it wont boot and i get this error.
    starting udev
    creating root device
    mounting root device
    mount: error 6 mounting ext3 flags defualt
    will retry with no option flags
    mount: error 6 mounting ext3
    will retry read-only without flags
    mount: error 6 mounting ext3
    pivotroot: pivot _root (/sysroot, /sysroot/initrd)failed:2
    umount /initrd/sys failed:2
    umount /initrd/proc failed:2
    initrd finished
    freeing unused kernal memory : 200k freed
    kernal panic : no init found
    try passing init = option to kernal

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    Re:fresh install wont boot

    1st question - what are you using to boot the system? e.g. grub, LILO? If I recall it is grub...

    2nd question - where is this installed -e.g. on the mbr, same as linux partition?

    from the error message it looks like it the initial ramdisk (initrd) was loaded but things are not where it expects things to be. I would check out the file /etc/fstab and see if it makes sense - you may need to use and boot CD to access it.

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    Re:fresh install wont boot

    thanks for the reply bt i figured it out the bios was using mbr of windows drive instead of linux drive i switched them and all was fine. thnks anyways.

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