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> Kernel panic when booting from USB
post May 28 2015, 03:30 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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On a PC I have two operating systems installed (WinXP and Linux Mint).
Windows has not been used for a long time and for the last few weeks Linux Mint receives more and more errors and now it won't boot any more.
When I try to boot, I get kernel panics. And when I boot Windows, it only works if I start Windows in Safe mode with network prompt.

I have created a USB boot disk (tried Mint and Ubuntu) and even when I boot the PC from the USB stick to "try Ubuntu" I get a kernel panic.
If I boot my laptop from the same USB disk, it works fine and Ubuntu starts up.
So I think that the USB stick is ok.

I have no clue what is wrong with the computer, but I suspect it is hardware related as booting from the USB boot disk does not even work.
Now I am kind of stuck. I would like to run fdisk, but for that I need to boot into Linux first.
From Windows (safe mode) I cannot access the Linux partitions.

Any ideas what might be causing the problem and what I can do to resolve it?

PS I get several different kernel panics:
- not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
- not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block

Many thanks!
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post May 29 2015, 08:56 PM
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The hard drive could be failing but that would not prevent a USB drive from booting. If you have a CD/DVD in your computer you could try booting a live disc vs a USB flash drive.
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