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Old 12-06-2013, 07:29 AM   #1
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Unhappy New Arch install won't boot; need GRUB troubleshooting.


Hello, kind and friendly LQ'ers!

I am one of those folks ready to "graduate" from Mint, Puppy, Bodhi, etc. to Arch. I find seeing what goes on under the hood pretty fascinating, and I actually LIKE watching console text scroll by...

Also, I am trying to assemble a VERY lean install for a very old Gateway Solo 2500 laptop.

So I followed all the instructions in the Arch beginners install wiki. The first time I installed, it failed because I neglected to input something in the GRUB setup commands.

The second time, GRUB now loads, but when I hit enter, I see the following error messages:

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error: no such device: [followed by what looks like a long UUID number]
Loading Linux core repo kernel...
error: unknown filesystem.
Loading initial ramdisk...
error: you need to load the kernel first.

Press any key to continue.
Also, it looks like GRUB is searching for something to boot, because the built in floppy drive in the laptop clicks away before the error messages load.

What do I do?
 
Old 12-06-2013, 07:47 AM   #2
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Well, first guess is that your UUID for your root filesystem in wrong in the grub config file. Good news is you can use a label, UUID or even /dev entry to specify the device (I'd go with one of the first two).

See here for more information on getting the proper device name to add to your kernel line: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php..._device_naming. You'll probably need to get in with another installed distro oor live distro to do the fix (or fix the entry manually then once booted fix it in the config file).
 
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Well, first guess is that your UUID for your root filesystem in wrong in the grub config file. Good news is you can use a label, UUID or even /dev entry to specify the device (I'd go with one of the first two).

See here for more information on getting the proper device name to add to your kernel line: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php..._device_naming. You'll probably need to get in with another installed distro oor live distro to do the fix (or fix the entry manually then once booted fix it in the config file).
Thank you VERY much for the insight. The article kind of made my head hurt, but I'll go over it again. I may also just try reinstalling from scratch and choosing the option to have my drives and partitions use the simpler, label scheme in the part where you generate the fstab file.

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I don't like GRUB
 
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I don't like GRUB
You are not alone.
 
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That's why I use syslinux
 
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That's why I use syslinux
Is is easier to deal with?
 
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In my opinion..If you re-install give it a try
 
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In my opinion..If you re-install give it a try
Will do... thanks for the tip.
 
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I may also just try reinstalling from scratch and choosing the option to have my drives and partitions use the simpler, label scheme in the part where you generate the fstab file.
Don't reinstall. Start a live distro or another installation, and use tune2fs to give the filesystem a label if it doesn't already have one, and make the necessary changes to the GRUB config.
 
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Don't reinstall. Start a live distro or another installation, and use tune2fs to give the filesystem a label if it doesn't already have one, and make the necessary changes to the GRUB config.
Oops, too late. Reformatted and running pacstrap base as I type this. It's okay. I'm learning a lot in the process. Used fdisk rather than cfdisk to partition this time and got a scheme that makes more sense. I'll report back later...

Thanks!
 
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Oops, too late. Reformatted and running pacstrap base as I type this. It's okay. I'm learning a lot in the process. Used fdisk rather than cfdisk to partition this time and got a scheme that makes more sense. I'll report back later...

Thanks!
I'm on my way now. Using syslinux rather than GRUB and configuring fstab with labels rather than UUID worked really well for me. Installing a desktop environment as I type this. Thanks, folks!
 
  


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