So I'm giving Arch another go, but I ran into the same problem that stopped me last time:
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
I receive that message on the Arch (not GRUB) boot screen. My laptop booted normally until this morning when I ran:
# pacman -Sy # pacman -Su
Pacman was updated, and once again I entered:
# pacman -Su
I was prompted about replacing three (seemingly) small apps, and I answered "Y" to each one. Then I allowed pacman to take care of 108MB of updates.
How can I fix this? I'm installing off an 0.7.2 disc, so should I download 0.8 and write this off as a bug on the previous release? Or is there a solution here?
Well you should definately install from 0.8.
I don't think that in Arch the old installers are supported anymore when new one is out so no bug report needed.
Having said that, I think the problem i had was either the ata_piix or device name change, all i had to do to fix the kernel panick was:
In GRUB rename hda...hda3 and so on to sda...sda3 etc. also adding some kernel parameters like acpi=off etc might help.
If not install from latest 0.8 installer. (there migh be 1-3 problems between 7.2 and 8 versions anyway ^^)
that is not the problem, you have to change the name of the .img file in menu.lst (I did it minutes ago and now it's working)
read this: http://www.openaddict.com/review_of_arc … mmick.html