Ubuntu – 13.04: Kernel panic – not syncing: No init found


I know this question has been asked several times on this forum, but none of the answers given worked for me.

Tonight I did an install of Ubuntu 13.04 on a brand new Acer Aspire laptop. I formatted the complete harddisk, removing the existing windows 8 partitions. Installation had no problems. After rebooting the system hangs and says: "Kernel panic – not syncing: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel".

I am able to boot the liveUSB.

What I have tried

  • Complete re-install of the system. Same error appears
  • Started LiveUSB, mounted filesystem, restarted. Same error.
  • Started LiveUSB, tried sudo fsck /dev/sdb1, mounted filesystem, restarted. Same error.

I am quite new to Ubuntu, what next steps can I take? How can I pass init= option to the kernel?

Thank you very much in advance!

Best Answer

  • Kernel panic can mean many things. My guess is you made some mistake during installation, related to formatting the drive.

    Here is a guide on Kernel boot parameters and how to enter them dynamically when booting via grub.