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Boots up for ~15 sec. then shuts down

Our Asus P5PE-VM mobo is currently being testy with us. It will start up fine for ~15-20 secs, then it shuts itself down. I can watch it load up on the monitor briefly, but then it shuts down. I recently (last month) replaced the PSU, and previously we were having overheating problems. Any suggestions? I need this ****** up and running!

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  • pkwyhdwe Oct 15, 2008

    Fans are good, and I just reset the heatsink. I'm rebooting now and we'll see how things go. Thanks for the help *keeping fingers crossed*

  • pkwyhdwe Oct 15, 2008

    Okay, here's the latest:

    I've gotten further through the boot process, however I get the following errors part way through:
    - Error: /bin/insmod exited abnormally
    - VFS: cannot open root device "label=/" or 00:00
    - Please appen a correct "root=" boot option
    - Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 00:00

    After that, it'll sit (long enough for me write all of that down) and then eventually shut itself off.
    So....what now?

  • pkwyhdwe Oct 15, 2008

    any difference if I've got grub rather than lilo? I've gotten to this point:

    grub append> ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi

    I'm guessing that I would change this to ...LABEL=/ dev/hda

    ?Is that correct, or am I way off at this point?



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Usually a motherboard will shut the system down to save itself. So check that the fans are spinning and that the heatsink is properly seated. You should also test in a minimum configuration be removing all add in cards, disconnecting all drives and unnecessary cables, and removing all but one memory module. If this doesn't point out the faulty components then either the motherboard (most likely) or CPU (less likely) is faulty.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

  • Dean Joly
    Dean Joly Oct 15, 2008

    Your Linux boot loader can't find the boot partition. I found this thread that might help you: I'm not a Linux expert. You may try booting from a Linux live CD and try to repair your boot loader. There a lot of information if you Google for "VFS: cannot open root device". From what I've read you should change the label=/ line in lilo.conf to label=/dev/hda.



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