[clug] Booting problem

keiths at apex.net.au keiths at apex.net.au
Thu Oct 15 17:07:55 MDT 2009

       I have been loaned a Compaq computer and am trying to boot it into
Suse11.3.  I get the usual login screens and then a string of
screen messages which end with :
       "Could not find /dev/disk/by_id/scsi-SATA_ST3802110A_5LR1ALA9-part2
       Want me to fall back to /dev/sda2?  Y/n"

       Both Y and n lead to :
       not found - exiting to /bin/sh

       A careful look into setup displayed :
       First Channel Device 0        [ST3802110A]
       First Channel Device 1        [WDC WD800JB-00]
       Second Channel Device 0  [ASUS DRW-16]

       The congruity of those numbers suggests to me that it is expecting
the primary drive to be SATA not IDE, but I am using removable hard
drives the carriers for which have only IDE input.

       I found from experimenation that the machine will boot from an old
Win98 drive and even from Win 3.11 so the system itself is sound.

       Could anyone suggest what I should do next, please?  :-)=

       FWIW the background to this is that the BIOS on my extant
motherboard has failed and I am in the market for a replacement. 
If anyone should have one on offer approx. 20mm x 28mm I would be
interested.  And I would be happy to also take chip and RAM to
ensure compatability.

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