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    Default Kernel Panic @ Noob Installation

    I followed the How-To at [oh my god I have to post 15 times before posting URL's] ---post id 14751--- and got the error
    Kernel Panic! Not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,3)
    How do I fix this? What is this?

    I installed it onto a external disk (WD Passport 2)
    Now that I've created three partitions too, ext3/boot, linux-swap and ext3/. How can I convert the rest of the drive to a fourth NTFS partition without messing up the rest? primary or expanded part.?

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    you will need to reformat partitions and use a more newb friendly approach:

    partition boot as fat32 1.5GB
    partition ext2 for changes
    linux swap
    u can use windows disk manager to partition any unused space to ntfs.

    once partitioned, go into windows, use winrar or similar to extract bt3 iso to your boot drive.
    then open command promt (start run type "cmd")
    then type "X:" (X=drive letter of your BT3 boot partition)
    then type "bootinst.bat"
    Follow on screen instructions.

    Reboot with USB installed, and should be okay (select boot from USB in computer bios etc)

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    When I do x:\boot\bootinst.bat x: I get "Wrong Parameter"
    Or run it normally for that matter...

    So you are telling me to go from
    sda1 2GB /boot
    sda2 4GB swap
    sda3 60GB /

    to

    sda1 1.5GB /boot
    sda2 60GB /
    sda3 4GB swap

    Does boot have to be fat32? the tutorial told me there should be ext2

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    Sorry, I mean ext3, anyone care to reply?

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    Okay, so I did the boot part in fat32, same error, just block 8,19 instead of 8,3

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    Rolsen this is not that hard.
    1. partition your drive like this...
    sda1 - fat 32 - 1 gig
    sda2 - ext3 - whatever is left
    sda3 - swap -2gigs

    I use fdisk but any partition utility will work.

    Next copy the boot and bt3 folders to sda1 ( the fat32 partition)
    If you are in windows simply navigate to the boot folder on the usb drive via My Computer and double click the batch file to run it. If you are doing this in linus there is a shell (.sh) script in the boot folder for that too.

    Okay so were booted up right? Now go to the konqurer menu and go to media. select the drive which contains the boot and bt3 folders and click on boot. then click on syslinux. Now you will see a file called syslinux.cfg.

    Choose the option in that file you want to boot and add the line
    changes=/dev/sda2 (or whatever your drive lable is)
    Now open a bash shell and navigate in to the boot folder which will be located at /mnt/sda or whatever your drive is and run the bootinst.sh script
    bt~#./bootinst.sh
    now reboot and you should be good.

    now reboot and make sure that works before proceeding.

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