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jhofstede
post May 28 2015, 03:30 PM
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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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jhofstede
post Aug 21 2015, 02:42 AM
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I took the PC to a local computer shop.
Turns out that it was a hardware problem after all. Not the CPU as I thought, but the motherboard. Some of the condensators on the motherboard were blown.
I did not know how to see that, but in the shop they pointed it out to me. If you know it, you can see it.
To see what it looks like, search Google for capblown_3.jpg (I can't post the link).

I have bought a new pc copied the data from the old HDD to the new PC.
Thanks for all the help.
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