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This is my first experience with Linux. I'm trying to run Linux Mint 15 from a disc and later a USB drive.

Booting LM from the DVD disc iso image I made from the Linux Mint website in my WinXp system I got "Boot in 6 secs" then the LM logo and then a whitish blank screen but with, at the top, the message,

1.640258]Kernal 1 panic-not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown block (2.0)
(From the later message that "]" in1.640258] is probably a 1 -my eyes playing up)

The lights on Caps Lock and Scroll Lock were both flashing.

Going to UNetbootin I used their site to download Mint 15 to my FAT 32 USB drive. This was apparently successful.

Booting from this I got a similar outcome as above with the slightly different message :-

1.6722341 Kernal panic-not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown block (2.0)

The lights on Caps Lock and Scroll Lock were both flashing.

Any explanations and advice please.
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Hi,

Only my two cents...

Is your system old? from the site:

The 32-bit ISOs of Linux Mint 15 use a PAE kernel. If your processor is not compatible with PAE please use Linux Mint 13 Maya LTS instead. Linux Mint 13 is supported until 2017.

Does the machine have 512 MB of RAM or more?
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Sorry late in responding but only just now has your response come up in my email altho I've been online every day since 26 Sept.

Firstly yes I have 712MB Ram.

Secondly I've moved on to different attempts to run Linux, also without success. I've managed, just yesterday, to make a bootable CD of Knoppix 7.2, Kernal 3.9.6

I've just now tried to boot from this CD and got the following:-

"Welcome to Knoppix 7.2....
Kernal 3.9.6

Could not mount disk to /mnt-system. Starting debugging shell....
..can't access tty; job control turned off

# _ "

Any clues here?

This is about the 4th or 5th time I've got stuck trying to run Linux.

Amazingly I'm beginning to appreciate the superb wonderful achievement of MS Windows!!
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Hi,

Is the machine working with windows?

Some of those Linux live CD's include Memtest86 to test the memory try it.

Can you post the machine specs?
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Didn't see any Memtest86 anywhere, only just what I posted. Yes, XP Home.

Specs:

2.15 GB AMD Athlon XP
Board 1st Intl. Computer Inc AM39L PCB 0.x
Bus Clock 166MGHz
BIOS Phoenix Tech. LTD 6.00 PG07/08/2003

704 MB Usable Installed memory

78 GB Usable HD Capacity
58GB Free

These small Linux packages are supposed to be ideal for running on one's old PC/laptops to get more use out of them I read.

Edited by Plutox, 01 October 2013 - 10:00 AM.

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Hi,

Can you boot with the Knoppix CD on a different machine?

You need to make sure the CD can be read successfully one way to do that is to install CDCheck on Windows XP.
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Did the CD Check. It said no errors were found but..- Errors 0, Warnings 0, Others 1.

This 1 was "For at least 1 file no valid hash file was found (code 54)" Now note in my post #3 the pasted info of the screen message, after running the disk, at the end which has #_ . That _ was flashing.

Any clues here?

PS I have another XP machine but haven't tried it yet.

Edited by Plutox, 01 October 2013 - 12:01 PM.

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