Quote Originally Posted by Blackrose View Post
I get this same error:

VFS: Cannot open root device "812" or unknown-block(8,18)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,18)

I am using a USB external drive with two partitions and I copy the usb version of BT3b to the partition and execute bootinst.bat and it completes. I get to boot and lilo comes up etc and then I get halted at that error. This has happened to me on the live install from CD and the USB version.

I have googled it to no avail. One question... if I am using xp how might I edit the files as detailed below?
From your post I don't think we are talking about the same thing. I am doing a full install to a harddrive. In which case bootinst.bat will not help. However it sounds to me like you are having the same problem as me. in the lilo.conf file add the line The_Denv gave me.

append="root=/dev/sdb2 rootdelay=10 nomce quiet"