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I am running SuSE 9.1 on an old IBM Thinkpad 570. I recently downloaded the latest kernel update available for this distro (kernel-default-2.6.5-7.111.19) and sources. Once I had booted into the new kernel, I decided to remove the sources for the kernel that shipped with the distro (kernel-default-2.6.4-54, i believe) to free up a bit of space.
When I rebooted again, the laptop choked - with the message:
Waiting for device /dev/hda3 ................
Device /dev/hda3 did not appear
Or something similiar. It also gave a list of device nodes that are available (/dev/hda was one of them).
I looked up the message on the internet and I found a post that said that this message relates to a problem with the initrd symbolic link pointing to the wrong file.
Having altered the symlink (and checking my grub.conf to make sure it was correct), I am now faced with a strange boot problem.
The first time you switch on the laptop, it gives the same error as above, and cannot boot. However, upon a restart, the laptop will boot up SuSE as if there was no problem at all.
If you restart again, the laptop will be unable to boot, and output the same error.
This trend continues, with the laptop only successfully booting every other attempt
It seems I have a laptop that works exactly 50% of the time!!!!!
my bet would be on a bios issue.my dual-boot main will not restart to switch os's without hanging just after the drives initialize.if i shut down and restart,there's no problem.(maxtor primary,WD secondary;bios won't recognize the drives at all the other way around.n-force chipset,bootlog shows bios not setting bits correctly and enabling work around.)