trying internet installs but hangs

I’m trying to install opensuse using the internet install feature. After the loading linux kernel screen, I see a black screen with a lot of commands/steps. It keeps hanging at the line:
[2.202543] <c0804db73>] kernel_thread_helper+0x7/0x10

And at the same time, caps-lock and scroll lock lights on my keyboard are blinking. What does this mean?

what i see is this:


[2.121594]  VFS: cannot open root device "<null>" or unknown-block (3,1)
[2.121873] please append a correct "root"= boot option; here are the available options:
[2.122217] debug_block_ext_devt is enabled, you need to specify explicit textual name for "root"= boot option
[2.122631] kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: unable to mount root fs on unknow-block (3,1)

is this caused by the fact that I have an incompatible filesystem on my partition? What filesystem should I have to be able to install opensuse?

On 01/04/2010 02:06 PM, DutchArjo wrote:
>
> I’m trying to install opensuse using the internet install feature. After
> the loading linux kernel screen, I see a black screen with a lot of
> commands/steps. It keeps hanging at the line:
> [2.202543] <c0804db73>] kernel_thread_helper+0x7/0x10
>
> And at the same time, caps-lock and scroll lock lights on my keyboard
> are blinking. What does this mean?

The blinking lights are a signal that the kernel has panicked.

> what i see is this:
>
> Code:
> --------------------
>
> [2.121594] VFS: cannot open root device “<null>” or unknown-block (3,1)
> [2.121873] please append a correct “root”= boot option; here are the available options:
> [2.122217] debug_block_ext_devt is enabled, you need to specify explicit textual name for “root”= boot option
> [2.122631] kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: unable to mount root fs on unknow-block (3,1)
>
> --------------------
>
>
> is this caused by the fact that I have an incompatible filesystem on my
> partition? What filesystem should I have to be able to install opensuse?

For the NET install, the file system that it is using is a ramfs. At this point,
the disk does not matter?

How much RAM do you have? The only time I have seen the NET install panic is
when I had little RAM and no swap partition available.

the total disk space of the available hdd is almost 10 gb. will that be enough to run opensuse?

that’s a little small, but it will run, i have one in 7GB, what is your ram though.

i also already deleted all the existing partitions of the harddisk. There are no partitions at all now. I tried the installer again, but got the same problem.

If possible, I would use the dvd-install, but this computer has no dvd-drive so I have no choice but to use the net install.

ram as in sdram = 512 mb, processor: athlon 1700

On 01/04/2010 03:26 PM, DutchArjo wrote:
>
> i also already deleted all the existing partitions of the harddisk.
> There are no partitions at all now. I tried the installer again, but got
> the same problem.
>
> If possible, I would use the dvd-install, but this computer has no
> dvd-drive so I have no choice but to use the net install.
>
> ram as in sdram = 512 mb, processor: athlon 1700

Having 512 MB should be enough, but you can reduce the memory usage by selecting
the text mode. After you select “Installation”, press F3 and scroll up to “Text
Mode”. Using this option, I did a NET install with only 387 MB of RAM.

If you would please post the specifications of your hardware, that would help.
The ram is a little low, but I don’t think it’s causing this issue.
Do you have a way to try a live CD or a full DVD? Net installs have minimal drivers, and that could cause your problem.


@ Jonathan_R,

I have done net installs with 512 MB RAM,

I would try a live CD and see if your hardware works as well.

I will try a livecd tonight. Then I will lookup the hardware specifications and post them here.

thanks anyway

Unfortunately I have no empty cd’s here at the moment so I’m not able to create the live cd.
I did try to use the text install to see if it helps, but I was no help. Got the same error and blinking lights.

Will the memory test in the boot menu of the suse cd do any good?

Wouldn’t hurt it could be a memory problem.

I ran the memtest completely and it passed 100% without errors.

I’ve now burned the live cd and tried it. It worked fine. I’m now using the install option on the live cd. Hope this will also work fine.