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Old 02-20-2006, 11:18 AM   #1
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Can't boot opensuse 10.0 on SATA drive


Hi,
I recently installed OpenSuse 10.0 on a SATA drive. During installation the installer rebooted the system. At that point I already got an error during boot:
...waiting for resume device /dev/sda6 to appear....failed(ignoring)
...waiting for device /dev/sda7 to appear... failed.. exiting to /bin/sh.

Then I rebooted from the installation CD and chose Installation --> Boot installed system. That worked fine. So the installer finished nicely. But everytime I try to boot now, I get that same error during the boot process.

First I thought the sata module didn't get loaded so I tried a mkinitrd -m sata_via. But that didn't work. /etc/sysconfig/kernel also shows the sata_via module, so I guess this shouldn't be the problem.

Does anyone know what the problem is?

My mainboard is an ASUS A7V600-X with VIA chipset. The SATA drive is a Maxtor Maxline III, model 7L300S0.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 11:33 AM   #2
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On an older version of SUSE, I used to have the problem that the S-ATA drive was sometimes detected as hda and sometimes as sda, depending on the driver used. Maybe this is your problem as well. I suggest two possible solutions:

1. change your BIOS settings, maybe you can influence this detection
2. change /etc/fstab from sda to hda (boot from CD)

This is a bit vague, I must admit, but I don't have a better idea.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 11:38 AM   #3
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Hi,

Thanks for your response.
I think my BIOS settings are fine. I wouldn't know what to change there. Regarding /etc/fstab: I already have a IDE hard disk on /dev/hda, so changing that wouldn't seem like a good idea.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 11:47 AM   #4
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Every BIOS looks differently, on some you can select the detection order of your drives.
If my theory would be correct, the sata drive could as well appear as hdb or sdb, depending on what other drives are available on your system. However, this is hard to figure out, since you can't boot to a stage where you can read the logs.

Have a try to boot with insmod=sata-via as kernel option. Maybe the driver is present, but not selected.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 12:05 PM   #5
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I went through the BIOS again but I don't have any settings to change the detection order. I also didn't find any other usefull settings. The only thing I can do is switch the SATA controller on or off.
I also tried booting with insmod=sata_via, but didn't work either.
I still don't get it, that I can't boot the system directly, but that it does work after starting the installer on the cd first.
 
Old 02-20-2006, 12:38 PM   #6
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failed.. exiting to /bin/sh.
Do you get to some kind of console that accepts commands? Maybe you can find out what drives have been found and how they are named (cat /dev/sd*, fdisk -l).
 
Old 02-21-2006, 12:35 AM   #7
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cat /dev/sd*
no such file or directory

fdisk -l
fdisk: not found.

Unfortunately, that's all I get.....
 
Old 02-21-2006, 11:44 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by broxtor
Hi,
I recently installed OpenSuse 10.0 on a SATA drive. During installation the installer rebooted the system. At that point I already got an error during boot:
...waiting for resume device /dev/sda6 to appear....failed(ignoring)
...waiting for device /dev/sda7 to appear... failed.. exiting to /bin/sh.
I have exactly the same problem! Did you do the online update during the install? If so the problem is almost certainly due to the security patch Kernel update.

I 'solved' the problem by re-installing and NOT installing the kernel patch. I have reported the bug to Bugzilla but at the moment it is unresolved.

https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=152176

If your system is still showing this fault perhaps you can supply the info that has been requested by the bugzilla staff "Please attach `hwinfo --storage-ctl' boot.msg and 500 lines of the syslog..." ?

I cannot supply it at the moment as my system is running ok and i would need to 'break' it again to get the necessary logs.

Last edited by Vulpus; 02-21-2006 at 11:53 AM.
 
Old 02-22-2006, 02:43 AM   #9
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Hi Vulpus,
I didn't even do the online update. In fact the problem appears the first time during installation. After all the packages are downloaden and installed, the system reboots. At that point I already get the error. The only way for me to boot from the SATA disk is to start the the installer on the cd first.
But I will submit my data to bugzilla anyway.
 
Old 02-22-2006, 03:44 AM   #10
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Quote:
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Hi Vulpus,
I didn't even do the online update. In fact the problem appears the first time during installation. After all the packages are downloaden and installed, the system reboots. At that point I already get the error. The only way for me to boot from the SATA disk is to start the the installer on the cd first.
But I will submit my data to bugzilla anyway.
Maybe you have a newer version of SUSE 10.0 that comes with the patch already installed? My version came of a magazine cover disk and is probably three months old at least.
 
Old 02-22-2006, 11:50 AM   #11
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I just tried to get the info that was asked. Unfortunately "hwinfo --storage-ctrl" is not recognized at that point. Boot.msg doesn't seem to exist either (cat /var/log/boot.msg). Neither does syslog.
So I'm afraid I can't deliver the given information.
 
Old 02-22-2006, 07:23 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by broxtor
cat /dev/sd*
no such file or directory

fdisk -l
fdisk: not found.

Unfortunately, that's all I get.....
fdisk is a root command and you have to do an su to log in as root before using. Whenever I get a command not found I try su -- usually works.
 
Old 02-23-2006, 12:52 PM   #13
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Fragos,
Thanks for your tips. Unfortunately my system only boots half way, perhaps even less, so there's no real console for logging in. The only thing that seems to work (a little) is "cat".
 
Old 02-23-2006, 04:42 PM   #14
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A technique I some times use is to try a live CD from a different distro. It can help you repair problems or just show that your issue is configuration oriented. The following is an example that's only about 50Mb - http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
 
Old 02-24-2006, 02:42 AM   #15
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Well, the problem is that I don't know what the problem is. That is, I do not know what causes my problem. In my quest for an answer I found an article describing similar problems, but no satisfactory answer. The person who reported that problem thought that the sata_via module got unloaded during the boot process. This sounds as a plausible cause since the SATA disk is properly detected at first. I just don't know what causes the module to unload and how to find that out or fix it.
I also tried installing Kubuntu and Mandrake and those distro's boot ok. So it looks like it's a Suse issue.
 
  


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