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Old 05-29-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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I am trying to install arch and am running into problems after rebooting. It says Waiting 10 seconds for device /dev/... Then says error: device blah not found And is says its unable to find root device root. It drops me into a root shell after saying it can't access tty. That the job control turned off.

I'm following this guide ---> m.wikihow.com/Install-Arch-Linux


Im using 15000 for the root directory, and 512 for the swap. I don't touch the configuration files and just set the root password. So what's going on here? Any ideas?

Btw, I am using a 40GiG HDD with no OS on it.

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Old 05-29-2012, 04:47 AM   #2
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I don't know anythingabout "wikihow", but I would use the instructions at the Arch website. Also, be sure to read thru the various news bits---going back to the latest release (almost a year old). there are some "gotchas" when doing a full upgrade after installing that version.

You say you did not touch any config file---that's a normal part of the installation, so I'm not clear why you skipped that step.

You say it "drops you into a root shell". That is normal for an initial installation**. Can you log in as root? can you do "pacman -Sy" to sync up the package manager

Finally, please give exact error messages. "can't find device blah" does not tell us anything" (But--after initial install--it also may not be an issue.

**The intial Arch install basically gives you nothing---you have to separately install the X-windows system, then some kind of window manager and desktop environment. It you follow all the steps, wired internet will work out of the box, but wireless needs some extra steps.
 
Old 05-29-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
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This is what has been happening http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...58#post4690458
 
Old 05-29-2012, 01:25 PM   #4
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I have an old PIII with Arch on it that does just that. It started doing that with kernel 3 I think.
While booting, the old 20GB PATA drive is too slow or doesn't get detected soon enough.
After it drops to root shell, wait a minute, the curser will drop down a line, type exit and it goes ahead and boots normally.
 
Old 05-29-2012, 01:36 PM   #5
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Just tried that and I get:
Code:
Trying to continue (this will most likely fail) ...
ERROR: Failed to mount the real boot device.
Bailing out, you are on your own. Good luck.

sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
I'm using an external hard drive if that makes a difference.

I just tried it exit again and it gave me:
Code:
[   308.069435] Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempting to kill initial!
[   308.069605] Pid: 1, comm: sh Not tainted 3.3.7-1-ARCH #1
It then prints a call trace and hangs

I tried it once more and it gives me
Code:
Mount: you must specify the filesystem type.
I thought I did when I formatted my hard drive to ext4. I even tried 2 and 3 as well.

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Old 05-29-2012, 01:48 PM   #6
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I downloaded the net-util version. I'm going to download the core version and see if it will make a difference. Unless someone has some suggestions.

I have been Googling and it seems to be a bug.

The core install got rid of the bsdpcio error. Still have the address space collision error.

I temporarily fixed the address space collision error by appending pci=nocrs to my kernel boot time args.

Now I'm receiving root device [root device] doesn't exist. Attempting to create it. Unable to determine the major/minor number of root device

It then drops me into a root shell.

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Old 05-29-2012, 05:32 PM   #7
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I'm using an external hard drive if that makes a difference.
When you install to an external drive via USB you need to edit the /etc/mkinitcpio.conf when you round up the installation by check/edit all the config files (rc.conf,pacman.conf etc)
Code:
HOOKS="base udev autodetect pata scsi sata filesystems usbinput fsck" # just an example from a standard Arch setup 
HOOKS="base udev usb autodetect pata scsi sata filesystems usbinput fsck" #early USB inserted
 
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:14 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Babertje View Post
When you install to an external drive via USB you need to edit the /etc/mkinitcpio.conf when you round up the installation by check/edit all the config files (rc.conf,pacman.conf etc)
Code:
HOOKS="base udev autodetect pata scsi sata filesystems usbinput fsck" # just an example from a standard Arch setup 
HOOKS="base udev usb autodetect pata scsi sata filesystems usbinput fsck" #early USB inserted
Solved that issue but now I am receiving ata_id [190]: HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sda': invalid argument

File system check also fails and I'm dropped into a maintenance shell.

IDEAS??
 
Old 05-29-2012, 09:37 PM   #9
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Figured it out. I just finished my first attempt at installing the desktop UI and I ran into a ton of problems again. This thing is on big head ache! I can only imagine the feeling I will get when finally finish completely installing Arch!
 
  


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