[CS-FSLUG] mini-ITX boot problem

Ron Thompson ron.t at xplornet.com
Thu Apr 2 23:23:02 CDT 2009

On Thursday 02 April 2009 11:26, Stephen J. McCracken wrote:
> Marco Tedaldi wrote:
> > Ron Thompson schrieb:
> >> I spoke too soon.  It doesn't boot properly after swapping the cards, it
> >> gets started and them comes back with Checking root file system
> >> fsck.ext3: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/hdb2
> >>
> >> I'm out of my league.
> >>
> >> Not much point in having a mni-ITX if you have to duct tape an old CD-RW
> >> onto the case just to get it to boot :-)
> >
> > It seems there is the Problem.
> >
> > The order of the drives ind Linux is:
> > 1. hda
> > 2. hdb
> > 3. hdc
> > 4. hdd
> And added to this, is that GRUB sees them as hd0, hd1, etc.
> My guess is that when you installed it (with the CD connected, you got
> it to install on:
> hd0 for GRUB
> hdb in Linux
> When you took out the CD and put in the other CF card, the "boot"
> (installed) drive changed to hd1 so it couldn't boot from GRUB.
> Switching adapters, it changed back to hd0 for GRUB to boot, but Linux
> was looking for hdb (and it was now hda).
> I would try keeping the bootable CF card where it saw GRUB, but didn't
> boot and put the CD on the other.  Hopefully, then the CF will be both
> hd0 and hda and won't change when you take the CD out.
> My $0.0002
> sjm

thanks to the help from you and the list I have a better understanding of what 
is going on.  The next attempt will probably try to use a USB drive to do a 
net install.  The motherboard has no provisions for a floppy so it will have 
to boot from the USB.


Ron Thompson, |^|
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
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