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Old 02-21-2008, 02:32 AM   #1
syphos
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Problem booting ubuntu after mounting ntfs drive


I'm trying out ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon and hoping I can get past this odd problem.

I have XP installed on 2 SATA drives RAID0 using nvidia raid. Ubuntu is installed on a single SATA drive.

I have no problems with ubuntu until I mount the windows partition. The individual drives are /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc and after installing dmraid the raid partition is /dev/mapper/nvidia_xxxxxx1 where xxxxxxx is a series of characters.

So I can mount the partition successfully with:
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sudo mount -t ntfs -o ro /dev/mapper/nvidia_xxxxx1 /media/windows
I can access all files but when I restart the machine is starts up BusyBox and I have an (initramfs) prompt. No error message is given before hand.

The first time it happened I just reformatted the linux partition and started over but the same thing happened again.

Any help would be great
 
Old 02-22-2008, 02:51 AM   #2
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just out of curiosity, did you happen to unmount the partition before you logged out?
1st. is ubuntu installed a single separate SATA 2 drive? or did you create the raid0 for windows, and while doing you left enough room for ubuntu?
could explain a bit more, and alsa is it a hardware raid or software raid?

the best of luck
 
Old 02-23-2008, 12:39 PM   #3
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I hadn't unmounted the partition before logging off. Do I need to? If so is there a way to unmount it on shutdown? Something in fstab?

I have 3 SATA drives. One has ubuntu installed on it, the other two are RAID0 and have windows XP installed. This RAID0 set up I am able to mount and view in ubuntu.

It's a hardware raid but it needs some software installed on the OS to support it. I think some call it a 'fake hardware' RAID. I've installed dmraid on ubuntu and it seems to work fine.

And thanks for the reply, let me know if you need any more info =)
 
Old 02-27-2008, 03:32 AM   #4
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There is a couple things it could be. Since you are getting initramfs as it might be something to do with your RAM, just double check and make sure they are alright. And also check to see if you don't mount the windows partition, do you still have the same problem, this way you can eliminate a few things one by one. And yes you should un mount your partition before you log off, since some partitions left mounted will cause problems. So also try restarting when you unmount the partition to see if it works then. But if it doesn't, what you gotta do is, reinstall ubuntu, but at boot when the option comes up to install ubuntu, press F6 and if remember correctly you get an option like "quiet splash" i think. Then select that and right after it add "all_generic_ide" it should look like this quiet splash all_generic_ide. Then install ubuntu. After install edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add all_generic_ide to it. It should fix it for you. If you don't want to reinstall ubuntu, see if you can edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and just add all_generic_ide to it, it might work.

I wish you the best of luck, let us know how it works.
 
  


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