Kernel panic: Can't mount / on PE2450 & SuSE 7.2

Thu Mar 14 12:39:01 CST 2002

Wow, it just get's worse and worse.

I booted from the SuSE 7.2 CD#1, which allows me to go into a rescue
system. This seems to go well. However, I can't mount or e2fsck or fsck
any of the partitions. "fdisk -l /dev/sda" just returns without printing
anything out.

Am I screwed, or is there still some hope? Any suggestions?


>>> <Steve_Boley at> 03/14/02 12:06PM >>>
Could be that someone either erroneously changed some settings in lilo
you were possibly hacked or something.  Boot to rescue mode and then go
find your root partition and mount it to get to your /etc/lilo.conf
check if it's correct.  Redhat uses LABEL= for identifying partitions
the boot process and if SUSE uses the same thing you can use the
command and see if what labels are written to the partitions and check
that is correct also.  I don't think there is anything wrong with the
array because it's really looking like config issue.  You can run fsck
in rescue mode with a -y switch to give all the yeses and see if there
is a
corruption issue on filesystem (could be this causing but slim chance
when trying to mount in rescue and if gives filesystem errors then this
the case).  If running reiser which is native to SUSE I don't know the
command to fsck the filesystem on it.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2002 10:48 AM
To: Steve_Boley at 
Cc: Linux-Poweredge at 
Subject: RE: Kernel panic: Can't mount / on PE2450 & SuSE 7.2

Thanks, Steve, for giving me a hand. I've got an AIC-7??? controller
built into this motherboard. The only thing on this SCSI chain should
the tape drive, which seems to be correct; the tape drive shows up as
on this controller. The only thing on the PERC card should be the
of four 18G disks, in a RAID5. This also seems to be okay, too. My
consistency check is up to 51% with no problems so far.

The boot should be to the PERC card with the RAID5. This is where
is too. There are no hard drives connected to the onboard controller.

Thanks, again for your help. When the consistency check finishes, I'll
reseat and recheck the cables, but I've done that three or four times
already. Any other thoughts or suggestions?


>>> <Steve_Boley at> 03/14/02 11:35AM >>>
What controller is the os booting off of?  It looks like linux is
about where the root partition is.  It's obviously finding the /boot
partition to even start loading the kernel, so therefor since you only
opened it and reattached things and came up then try reseating
and also you might have placed a scsi cable on the wrong connector. 
boot to onboard controller and you also have tbu then you may have got
channels crossed between the backplane and the tape device.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2002 10:24 AM
To: Linux-PowerEdge at 
Subject: Kernel panic: Can't mount / on PE2450 & SuSE 7.2

I've had my Dell PowerEdge 2450 running without problems with SuSE 7.2
for a number of weeks now. This morning, I tried to do something
entirely gratuitous and swap the Sony SDT-10000 with another, lower
capacity tape drive from another Dell server. I got halfway into the
project when I discovered that the SDT-10000 has a 68 pin connector
while the other tape drive used 50 pins. I gave up and thought I had
restore everything the way it was, but now, when I boot, the last
messages are:
   VFS Cannot open root device "80b" or 08:0b
   Please append a correct "root=" boot option
   Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:0b

I've booted this system may times in the past without this problem.

The fact that it gets this far tells me that it's reading from the
okay. I recently installed a PERC3/DC card  in this system, but it
booted fine after that. Right now I'm running the PERC Consistency
check; it's up to 30% with no problems.

Any suggestions on what could be wrong?

If the consistency check doesn't find anything, what should I do next
to restore the system? I'm thinking I need to boot from the SuSE CD
try to mount the drive and fsck them. If nothing's found there, I
I'll edit lilo.cfg and see if anything seems wrong there. Any
suggestions are welcomed.

Thanks for your help with this problem.

-Kevin Zembower

E. Kevin Zembower
Unix Administrator
Johns Hopkins University/Center for Communications Programs
111 Market Place, Suite 310
Baltimore, MD  21202

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