[clug] Booting problem
rpeters at pcug.org.au
Sat Oct 17 15:47:27 MDT 2009
On Sunday 18 October 2009 05:00:03 linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
> Encapsulated message
> Re: [clug] Booting problem
> From: Daniel Pittman <daniel at rimspace.net>
> To: linux at lists.samba.org
> David Tulloh <david at tulloh.id.au> writes:
> > keiths at apex.net.au wrote:
> >> 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"
> > Nobody else seems to have piped up, so I'll throw in my limited
> > knowledge.
> Actually, I ignored this until now, when by complete chance one issue
> me eye for y'all to check into:
> > /dev/disk/by_id/scsi-SATA_ST3802110A_5LR1ALA9-part2 ...
> See the '_' in the 'by_id' part? On my Debian system there is this:
> ] ls /dev/disk
> by-id by-label by-path by-uuid
> Notice the naming? 'by-id', with a '-', not an underscore.
openSUSE has uuid set off by default - lack of it in the boot string should
not be an issue.
> That may well explain why the path you gave is not found, because those
> names are (IIRC) upstream udev names, not anything Debian specific.
> Outside that, David is pretty much spot on, and you should follow his
> advice. :)
The fact that Keith has put the HDD in a different computer (read different
mainboard) leads me to believe it is probably an initrd issue. openSUSE puts
the required PATA and/or SATA modules only in the initrd. Options are:
put it back with the original mobo and use Yast to *add* the relevant modules
(which does not appear to be an option in this instance) Had to do this
find another mainboard having same PATA controller
boot from CD/DVD and select "repair installed system". That will do a fairly
thorough review of the config files and should rebuild initrd.
Of equal concern is what killed the BIOS in the original mobo ? If it was a
Win virus, then perhaps anticipate more of the same.
Running Win 98 from removable HDD is a superceded approach, particular for
modern drives for which cooling is an issue. If the Win apps aren't too
demanding then VirtualBox running Win 98 is a cleaner way. Alternatively,
Wine now works with many apps after a bit of tuning.
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