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Old 11-11-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
Jim VE7ROX
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Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Lenny won't boot up.


One of my computers uses Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Lenny. When I went to boot up this morning, this is what I got:
Decompressing Linux ... Parsing ELF ... done.
Booting the kernel.
[ 0.248015] PCI: Not using MMCONFIG
Loading, please wait ...
udevd [381]: error getting socket: Invalid argument
error initializing netlink socket

udevd [381]: error initializing netlink socket

error sending message: Connection refused

udevadm [382]: error sending message: Connection refused

After 5 minutes of the above data on the screen, this is what came up:

Gave up waiting for root device. Common Problems:

- Boot args (cat/proc/cmdline)
- Check rootdelay=(did the system wait long enough?)
- Check root= (did the system wait tor the right device?)
- Mi8ssibng modules (cat/proc/modules;Is/dev)

ALERT! /dev/sdal does not exist. Dropping to a shell!

BusyBox vl.14.2 (Debian 1:1.14.2-2) built-in shell (ash)
Enter: help for a list of built-in commands.

/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
(initramfs)

Anybody know what is going on, and what I can do to fix it?
 
Old 11-11-2009, 05:01 PM   #2
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So it was working before? Any recent updates?

I would try booting up in single user mode and see if you can make any sense of the error messages and/or doing a disk check.

If that fails, boot up with a Live CD and check the hard drive that Linux is on.
 
Old 11-12-2009, 03:05 AM   #3
Jim VE7ROX
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Thank you for the response pentode. Yes, it was working fine the day before and there was no trouble booting up then. I have been doing updates/upgrades pretty much every day - apt-get update and then apt-get upgrade after the update. I will try a few things and see if I can get something happening. Again, thank you for the tips. I will re-post something here if there are any changes.
 
Old 11-12-2009, 01:56 PM   #4
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Yes, I tried booting up in single user mode and it went to a login prompt. I then typed startx at that prompt, and got this:

Failed to start the X server (your graphical interface). It is likely that it is not
set up correctly. Would you like to view the X server output to diagnose the problem?

< Yes > < No >
 
  


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