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jhofstede
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!
michaelk
Your problem could be due to bad memory. If you can not boot any operating system from CD/DVD or USB disk then it is going to difficult to use any diagnostic tools. If you only have one module then you might be stuck taking to a local computer shop.
jhofstede
QUOTE (michaelk @ May 29 2015, 01:57 PM) *
Your problem could be due to bad memory. If you can not boot any operating system from CD/DVD or USB disk then it is going to difficult to use any diagnostic tools. If you only have one module then you might be stuck taking to a local computer shop.

Hi Michael,
Thanks for your reply.
Any reason why you think it would be memory related and not for instance harddisk, cpu or anything else?
Actually I noticed that in the Grub menu there is a memory test. That does not show any errors in the memory.
michaelk
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.
lucyframe
May be it is the problem about the hardware of the Linux Mint.....
jhofstede
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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