[CS-FSLUG] mini-ITX boot problem -- /dev names

Ron Thompson ron.t at xplornet.com
Thu Apr 2 23:25:35 CDT 2009

On Thursday 02 April 2009 21:28, Jonathan E. Brickman wrote:
> On Thursday 02 April 2009 12:26:53 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 FAILED
> I just read the whole thread again, and realized some significant import
> of the last line above.
> Some distros, like RedHat, are still using /dev/hda, /dev/hdb, etcetera.
> This approach is causing the problems, for the reasons discussed.
> Distros using more recent IDE/EIDE/SATA setup (available via the same
> kernels which RedHat uses), are using /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, et
> cetera, for IDE, EIDE, SATA, and SCSI hard drives.
> This accounts for why (a) two years ago, when I tried to install Puppy
> Linux on a few machines, I ran into /dev/hdxyz problems just as being
> discussed now, and (b) in the last week and a half I have installed the
> current Puppy (using the newer IDE/EIDE/SATA driver sets) on upwards of
> twenty different PCs, some SATA, some IDE, without a single hard drive or
> CD-ROM unfound, some with two CD-ROMs, some with four partitions on a
> secondary master hard drive, et cetera.  No matter what the
> master/slave/primary/secondary situation, they were all found, easily
> and straightforwardly.
> I don't have a list of distros which are using the better IDE/EIDE/SATA
> driver set; I am very distressed to hear that RedHat is still using the
> one causing these problems.  I do know that Sabayon and Puppy use the
> newer.
> J.E.B.

   I've taken a quick look at the Puppy site, the information might be there 
to figure out how to do a USB booted net installation.  That would get me up 
and running.  Puppy might be all that I'd need for what I'd like to do with 
the mini-ITX.


Ron Thompson, |^|
Yellowknife, NT, Canada
"Who are are these that fly as a cloud, and as doves to their window?" Is 60:8

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