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    Greetings.
    I have a laptop acer with Suse 11.2
    Everything was working ok, until today. I updated virtualbox, and then one of the repositories failed with an empty link, and cannot continue to update. After that, none of my icons or programs worked
    Then Suse hangs and I had to reboot, after few seconds during boot I've got the message:
    kernel panic not syncing attempted to kill init

    Even the failsafe shows the same message.
    Currently I'm at work, so I have to continue tonight at home.
    Anyone here with ideas or possible solutions.
    Also I'm planing to update to 11.3. I'm just wondering if that may help.

    thanks in advance...

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    Default Re: kernel panic not syncing attempted to kill init

    since you say you are getting the same even when you boot failsafe, i
    not sure, but maybe all of the problems you had are the result of the
    same _hardware_ fault, i suspect RAM may be kinda iffy or maybe there
    is a bad connection somewhere (have you dropped the machine lately),
    so unless someone else offers something else to try do this:

    boot from your 11.2 install disk (or the 11.3 disk, any openSUSE disk)
    and run the Memory Test over night...most folks say let it run for at
    least 12 hours.. (running it twice, for six hours each is not the same)

    any error is too many...you could boot a live CD and see if it runs
    great (if so it is probably not a RAM problem)..

    or, maybe your hard drive is going bad....OR, maybe it is just
    scrambled software...you could restore from your last full backup and
    see..

    as for you question about 11.3 fixing it: if it is a RAM, hard disk or
    other hardware problem then 11.3 won't help....if you scrambled your
    software without a hardware problem then you need to figure out what
    happened... did you install anything from any openSUSE repo with
    "factory" in its name?

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    Default Re: kernel panic not syncing attempted to kill init

    On 2011-01-07 21:06, catbus wrote:
    >
    > Greetings.
    > I have a laptop acer with Suse 11.2
    > Everything was working ok, until today. I updated virtualbox, and then
    > one of the repositories failed with an empty link, and cannot continue
    > to update. After that, none of my icons or programs worked


    What were you updating? What repos are you using? Details, please.

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    Default Re: kernel panic not syncing attempted to kill init

    Well I did the memory test last night and suse didn't find anything. So, really I didn't know how to resolve this and there is few information on the internet about this error message.
    The update of the virtualbox was the problem, because was the only thing I was doing before the problem, and the empty link came on, then the error message that cannot continue the update because an "empty link", so I had to abort. Very weird.

    So this morning I put the Suse 11.3 disk and I did the update, after 30 minutes I login and everything came again, icons, theme, superkaramba. Everything works

    Really I'm not sure why and update of virtualbox cuased this mess. The repositories were from virtualbox.
    I think virtualbox messed the kernel at some point, some updates remove some files, then replace them with new ones, and I guess the empty link stopped the process and the kernel became unstable, just that little part.
    Anyways...
    Thanks again for your help DenverD and robin_listas.

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