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Re: [K12OSN] Trouble with Dell 486 as terminal client


I've seen 2 reasons for the message you got.

1) The vmlinuz-2.4.9-ltsp-6 kernel has a problem detecting total
   memory on 486's and small pentiums.

2) You have less than 8mb of memory.

Could either of the above be true for you ?

Jim McQuillan
jam ltsp org

On Mon, 4 Nov 2002, Ken Worster wrote:

> Hi all,
>         The tech coordinator at my school and I are currently evaluating 
> LTSP as an option to set up a 10 station lab in my science classroom. 
>  We have LTSP installed on a dual 1GHz PIII box with dual integrated 
> EEPro NICs and 1GB of RAM.  We have a Dell model 4583/L with an 83 MHz 
> Pentium Overdrive, 40 MB of RAM, and a 3C509-COMBO Ethernet card set up 
> as a client, connected to the server through a 3COM 10BT hub.  We have 
> succeeded in getting an Etherboot disk to boot the client and retrieve 
> the kernel.  The client begins to boot, then we get the dreaded message:
> VFS: Cannot open root device "ram0" or 01:00
> Please append a correct "root=" boot option
> kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 01:00
>         I have seen this series of messages on the list before, but have 
> never seen a clear solution for this.  I have made the modifications to 
> /etc/dhcpd.conf to allow the detection of the 3c509 and restarted dhcpd, 
> to no avail.  In order for this lab to be set up this year, we need to 
> use these (donated) machines and networking hardware for the clients. 
>  Has anyone had experience with Dell 486s-turned-Pentiums?  Thanks for 
> any suggestions in advance.
> Ken Worster
> Physics and Chemistry Teacher
> Penquis Valley HS
> Milo, ME
> kworster penquis com
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