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Old 06-05-2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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Angry problems with my eeepc 1000he kernel liloconfig


after i do liloconfig i get this message - Your /etc/fstab configuration file gives device UUID=0bfa4d35-c017-4667-9218-3d161229d1cb as the root filesystem device. This doesn't look to me like an "ordinary" block device. Either your fstab is broken and you should fix it, or you are using hardware (such as a RAID array) which this simple configuration program does not handle. can some one PLEASE HELP !!! im so new to this. think s so much
 
Old 06-05-2011, 02:34 PM   #2
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What distribution are you using? Why are you using LILO instead of GRUB? Can you show us your /etc/fstab? I've never used LILO, but I just got gentoo working on a 1000HE and I could probably help you get your fstab right if you show it to me.
 
Old 06-05-2011, 02:52 PM   #3
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i put /etc/fstab and got this back:
bash: /etc/fstab: Permission denied
like i said ubuntu is brand new to me only been doing it for like 2 weeks now HELP LOL im using ubuntu 11.04 the reason i was using lilo is thats what the warning told me to if u know some thing better im all yours

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Old 06-05-2011, 03:18 PM   #4
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You'll need to access the file as root. You can perform a command as root by using the command "sudo". You'll have to open the file with a text editor. I don't remember what command line text editor Ubuntu uses, but try "nano". The command will look like this:
Code:
sudo nano /etc/fstab
You'll then have to enter your root password. You should then see your fstab file, which contains information and configuration options for the filesystems on your machine. Post it here and if there are any obvious problems I will try to correct them for you.

My knowledge of LILO and its configuration process is extremely limited. Some one else might know an easier way to solve your problem. GRUB is an alternative bootloader, which as far as I know is much more popular that LILO these days. Of the three linux distros I've had working on my 1000HE, all of them have used GRUB. I'd recommend switching if there's no specific reason you picked LILO instead.

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You don't actually need to be root to open fstab with nano, only to make changes to it, which we may or may not need to do later. "nano /etc/fstab" should work fine for now.

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Old 06-05-2011, 03:43 PM   #5
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hope this is it if not im so sorry here it is :# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=12a0d710-154f-4119-b4fa-9a7e812a193f / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 $
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=86a04af5-0366-412e-a319-6605d8d64f73 none swap sw 0 $
i hope u can help its driving me crazy i love the way linux is but its so hard getting use to it. u said somethig about switching how would i do that?

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Old 06-05-2011, 04:59 PM   #6
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How exactly did you set up Ubuntu? And exactly when do you receive this error? During bootup? Or is it during the configuration of LILO?

Before you make any changes to your fstab file you should back it up.

Code:
sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.backup
You'll need to enter your root password.

To restore the original fstab just run the same command with "fstab" and "fstab.backup" switched. When you're done (fstab is working and you're not going to make anymore changes to it), you can remove the backup file with this:

Code:
sudo rm /etc/fstab.backup
I don't really know what the deal is with all that UUID stuff, but it's possible that LILO doesn't like that. After you backup fstab and answer my questions we can try changing the names of your partitions in fstab.

The only way I'd know how to tell you to switch to GRUB is to start the installation over. Someone who is more familiar with Ubuntu could almost definitely tell you a better way.

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Old 06-05-2011, 05:20 PM   #7
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i put it on a dual boot with backtracks 5 backtracks got me into linux because i need to find out my wifi password was lost i like how it was so i thought i would try ubuntu 11.404 out.
Igot the error message when i updated the eee pc then i got the warning ---liloconfig(8) when you complete this process and execute /sbin/lilo after this. LILO won't work if you don't do this. Your /etc/fstab configuration file gives device │
│ UUID=12a0d710-154f-4119-b4fa-9a7e812a193f as the root filesystem device. This doesn't look to me like an "ordinary" block device. Either your fstab is broken and you should fix it, or you are using hardware (such as a RAID array) which this simple configuration program does not handle. You should either repair the situation or hand-roll your own /etc/lilo.conf configuration file; you can then run /usr/sbin/liloconfig again to retry the │
configuration process. Documentation for LILO can be found in /usr/share/doc/lilo/._ and now im here with u if u want it will be no problem just tell me the way i should install it also i did what u said on the backup

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Old 06-05-2011, 06:01 PM   #8
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I see. If we change your fstab, I wouldn't really know how to see if it is working without rebooting, and if fstab in configured incorrectly the boot will fail. I have to go, and won't be back until tomorrow, at which point I will try to help you more if you haven't figured it out. In the meantime, try searching google for instructions on how to uninstall LILO and install GRUB in Ubuntu.
 
Old 06-08-2011, 10:44 AM   #9
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after reading some on my problem its not the eee kernel i need. i think its the wifi driver because on win xp it picked up really good on ubuntu its not that great so can u help with this ?
 
Old 06-08-2011, 11:39 PM   #10
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Assuming you have a bootable flash drive you can use to save the install if it doesn't work, I'd try changing the UUID nunmbers in your fstab to /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda5 respectively. If that doesn't work, try /dev/hda1 and /dev/hda5. If that doesn't work, change them back to the original UUID numbers. Using those is generally a good idea, but currently my suspicion is that LILO doesn't like them. As for the wifi, my 1000HE's signal is always great. If you think something is wrong with it maybe you should try using WICD instead of NetworkManager, but beyond that I don't really know what to tell you.
 
  


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