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Old 11-12-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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Booting from usb drive


Hi I would like to link to this thread as an on going problem that I,m trying resolve. I have tried every combination with fstab & grub.cfg and installing grub. I can boot lfs if I put it as the only drive in laptop, But if i connect it as usb even as the only drive usb and set fstab grub.cfg as sda it will not load. I,m now thinking that I have missed something which lets it find usb drives. The laptop will boot from usb as there is another drive which boots. Need some help here plz
 
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Hi,

What's the partitioning scheme like? Is the first partition bootable? Are the partitions set up right in fstab?

Some loose thoughts...

Thor
 
Old 11-12-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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It will boot if it,s fitted in laptop, everything setup for sda works fine, if i fit it as the only drive but usb same setup it wont boot fdisk -l shows it as sda. I have selected make partition bootable with disk utility in Ubuntu but still no joy.
 
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Hi,

You don't mention this, but have you already tried Larry Webb's advice from the other thread?

Using UUID's instead of /dev/sdxy makes things more flexible.

Hope this helps.
 
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Hi drunna I did try all suggestions that I,m given. at the moment after going through I dont know how many web sites. Any way I have now tried booting from grub prompt, which dose find the vmlinux- file but get an error on "filesystem could not mount and kernel panic VFS fs on unkown block". This is the same errors I get when trying to boot it normally.
Bearing in mind it will boot when set on IDE of laptop.
I did recompile the kernel again checking for any sata drive stuff and usb stuff and ext4 fs stuff. So is this looking like a Grub problem or Kernel???
I have posted to lfs-support as well
 
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Ok I seemed to have solved the problem I added rootdelay to grub.cfg. The reason behind it is so grub can wait for the usb to load

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Thanks spiky0011!!! I learned something here, you brightened up my day (and week)

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i,m glad i helped
 
  


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