kernel panic:I have no root I want to scream

From: Ravi Kumar Munnangi (
Date: Sat Jun 14 2003 - 06:18:34 EST

Iam using Redhat linux 2.4.18-14(which came with
installing RHlinux-8.0.
Now I want to reconfigure the kernel.

I have download the linux 2.4.18 from

Ihave put the file in /home/cs0205/
There itself I unzipped the file.
Then I saw a new directory /home/cs0205/linux
then cd /home/cs0205/linux
make mrproper
make xconfig
  During the configuration I havn't made any changes
   the default configuration.I have just saved the
   default configuration and exited.
make dep
make clean
make bzImage
make modules
make modules_install
make install
  After this I observed that there are new files in
  /boot like vmlinuz-2.4.18 and vmlinuz-2.4.18.img
  Before there were files named vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 and
 I have then changed my /etc/lilo.conf file as follows

        append="hdb=ide-scsi root=LABEL=/"
        append="hdb=ide-scsi root=LABEL=/"


I have run /sbin/lilo
when I tried booting with the new kernel image, its
stopping after giving the message,
kernel panic:I have no root I want to scream

please help me!!!!!!!!!

Dear friends,
  Iam new to linux.
  I don't know why we should do make mrproper,dep
  What is the result of this make?
  will u please suggest any resources on net?
  or any text book?
  I have read somewhere saying that we have to copy
  bzImage in linux/arch/boot/ to /boot/
  I have also seen something regarding!

  What does this and bzImage contain?
  Do I really have to copy them?
  Then what is the use of make install?
 please answer to my queries!!!!!!
 for reading the mail patiently!

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