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Old 04-10-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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Mandriva 2011: Fresh Install/Update will not boot

I installed Mandriva 2011 and did a complete update. After reboot I get this.

mount: /dev is not a block device
umount; /sysroot: not mounted
device node has wrong file type

I did a reinstall and same thing happened. I can still boot into safe mode though.

The system is setup to have
Encrypted LVM(root,swap,home)

I get prompted to unlock the drive before it it stops at the above screen.

Any help would be appreciated.
Old 04-15-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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If the system boots in safe mode, then you may use a command-line switch to try and boot to the gui login screen.

Interrupt options

Interrupts are a complex aspect of kernel behavior. The boot-time options deal mostly with the interface between the kernel and the hardware that handles interrupts, such as the Intel chip's Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC).

apic — Change the verbosity of the APIC subsystem when booting.


Control how much information the APIC subsystem generates when booting the kernel.

noapic — Do not use any IOAPICs.

Prevent the kernel from using any of the IOAPICs that might be present in the system.

lapic — Enable the local APIC.

Cause the kernel to enable the local APIC even if the BIOS had disabled it.

nolapic — Do not use the local APIC.

Tell the kernel not to use the local APIC.
another is nomsi,

If the PCI_MSI kernel config parameter is enabled, this kernel boot option can be used to disable the use of MSI interrupts system-wide.
Try one or two in combination, you may also use F3(?) key with Grub, to select most used command line switches.

Hope this helps you, Regards Glenn
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Thanks for your reply,

When I got the time I started looking at the settings. The system update removed the root target from grub and replaced it with just "/dev". I corrected this and it still didn't boot so I stripped off some of the graphical options and it booted fine with the exception of a missing encryption module. I also found it odd that on the first safe-mode boot vbox-additions was installed.

I ran into a few other issues that should have been sorted out a long time ago and ended up just switching back to Fedora. Mandriva is a great OS but 2011 seems to be broken as far as LVM goes.

I will try it again in the future though.
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sorry to see that, I believe that the system could have been sorted, even though I don't use the same distro.

Mageia-2 beta 3 has been released for preview, debug (and suggests).

check your local repo here,

Cheers, and hope it goes better next time.


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