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Old 10-12-2005, 03:10 PM   #1
Registered: Feb 2005
Distribution: Suse 9.3 also Redhat 9, Umbuto, Mandriva 2005
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waiting for device to appear boot problem

Dear all,

Sorry if this is an obvious question, but I have the following appearing in the detail console when trying to boot suse 9.3 from an external usb drive.

waiting for device /dev/sda3 to appear ... resume device /dev/sda3 not found (ignoring)
loading kernel/fs/jbd/jbd.ko
loading kernel/fs/ext3/ext3.ko
waiting for device /dev/sda2 to appear ... not found -- exiting to /bin/sh
sh: can't access ttys job control turned off

I am guessing that the initrd is missing something relating to usb, but am not sure what.
The drive is set up as sda1 = /boot
sda2 = /
sda3 = swap
grub loads initrd from sda1, enters stage 2, and all appears fine untill the above.
I can't understand why the init can apparently see the first partion, to load initrd but not the others. The bootloader is on sda's MRB.

Any thoughts?
I can boot the system via the install cd, though I have to wait untill the point where it asks if I want to install/repair or boot. Clicking boot works fine

Please let me know what other info might be of help. I am well and truly stuck

Old 10-14-2005, 06:43 PM   #2
Registered: Feb 2005
Distribution: Suse 9.3 also Redhat 9, Umbuto, Mandriva 2005
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Waiting for device to appear - solved!

Dear all,

Anyone who has this problem, please refer to my thread in the newbie forum 'Problems installing linux onto a USB drive' , where the solution (for me at least) has been posted.

Old 10-17-2005, 08:37 PM   #3
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