upgrading kernel in VMware Virtual machine of dapper kills the VM

Ben Collins ben.collins at ubuntu.com
Wed Dec 7 19:10:08 GMT 2005

On Wed, 2005-12-07 at 12:50 -0500, matt nicholson wrote:
> Not sure which mailing list to post this to so going to both users and 
> devel.
> I have dapper running in a VM on VMware 5.5, breezy as a host. All of 
> the recent Dapper upgrades have gone quite nice thus far, with one 
> exception. When performing the upgrade of linux-image-386( to 
> and linux-restricted-modules-386( to, the 
> VM dies. By this i mean that, upon reboot, Grub comes up, the system 
> starts to boot (the new "handdrawn" usplash comes up), and it gets as 
> far a "Mounting the root file system" After a few seconds here, I get 
> dropped to a console saying:
>   Alert! /dev/sda1/ does not exist. Dropping you to a shell!

Could you tell me the actual version of the linux-image itself
(linux-image-2.6.15-6-386 or -7-386, most likely).

Also, try adding BusLogic to initramfs module list and run
"update-initramfs -u -k 2.6.15-7-386"

You may also want to try and see if switching vmware to use the IDE disk
simulation instead of the SCSI disk works too.

   Ben Collins <ben.collins at ubuntu.com>
   Ubuntu Linux

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