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Old 08-19-2008, 10:00 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Multiple devices on your system are labeled 07D8-0810 / boot partition corrupt


When I booted my system, it directly went to Grub command prompt.
I tried to rescue it with the Fedora9 DVD. At the point where the system image is mounted, I get an error; "Multiple devices on your system are labeled 07D8-0810. Labels across devices must be unique for your system to function properly. Please fix this problem and restart the installation process."

Here are some details:

[System Configuration]
The system is a Dell Vostro 1500
Processor: Intel Core2Duo 2Ghz
HDD: 250GB
GC: nVidia GeForce 8600
Others: wi-fi 1395, Ethernet - Broadcom, Modem, blah blah.

[Partitioning scheme]
The system is a multi-boot with Windows XP.
/dev/sda1 (less than 10MB) - this is taken by a Dell Application Media Direct
/dev/sda2 (20GB) - Windows ntfs - C:/
/dev/sda3 (around 210GB) - Windows Extended
/dev/sda4 (128MB) - /boot
/dev/sda5 (15GB) - Linux PV
/dev/sda6 (20GB) - /opt
/dev/sda7 (40GB) - Windows ntfs volume
/dev/sda8 (2GB)- this is also taken by Media Direct

/dev/sda5 contains LVs as below
root - 2GB
home - 2GB
usr - 5GB
tmp - 1GB
var - 1GB
swap - 1.5 GB

More Details
I had installed various softwares on it before the issue occured.
1. vlc - using yum (livna package)
2. some graphical enhancements using lvina
3. Tried to install drivers for the nVidia card - Unsuccessful however some dependencies were installed.
4. Installed wi-fi drivers for the 1395 card. I some have a feeling that this cause the issue. I used steps similar to ones' mentioned in the below link. I am not able to get the exact link, but the steps were same.

[Details that may interest you]
1. The issue was that the system was not booting because the kernel could not be loaded.
2. The cause was "the boot partition itself had corrupted." as it was not listed in the partition list and also e2label on the device showed problem in the partition.
{Steps tried}
3. I tried to reformat just the boot partition, however when I selected the /dev/sda4 and chose the mount point as /boot and clicked on ok, the mount point did not show up in the GUI.
4. I tried the above step again and there was a prompt that there was already a /boot created. Strange!
5. Now I clicked on next and there was a prompt that my boot partition was less than 75MB. ??????
6. I still tried to proceed and there was an error indicating a serious problem and that I needed to exit the installer.
7. Now I created a new MBR with Windows rescue CD.
8. With the windows device manager, I deleted the /dev/sda4 and formatted it with ntfs.
9. Now again I rebooted with the Fedora CD and tried to format /dev/sda4 back to boot partition, after some initial formatting of the partition I got another error, I don't know if I can actually do this (format just the boot partition).

Now I am not quite sure as to what to do. I can reinstall, but then I am sure there must be a workaround.


Last edited by ashishverma1984; 08-19-2008 at 10:06 AM.
Old 10-27-2008, 04:40 AM   #2
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ashishverma did you find a solution?

I have the same issue with a dual boot Fedora9/XP pro on a new DELL OptiPlex 755 MT : N-Series Intel Core 2 Duo E8400(3GHz,1333MHz,6MB)

I've tried reinstalling but get the same issue.

I read I can re-label a device with

$ e2label device new-label

But how do I find out which devs have the label 07D8-0A10 so I know which one to change?
Should I just try changing the linux boot partition? Or would it fail to boot even if the boot partition isn't labelled 07D8-0A10?

Thanks for any help anyone can give.

Last edited by jovie; 10-27-2008 at 04:42 AM.
Old 10-28-2008, 01:29 AM   #3
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More info. A quote from this thread

I saw that once again after some updates, my machine can't boot because it fails to mount my hard disk... this has been happening frequently since Edgy started so I certainly don't panic any more. It's plenty easy enough to modify the fstab and menu.lst entries to line up as sda1/hda1
What does he mean "modify the fstab and menu.lst entries to line up as sda1/hda1"? I think I need to check if mine are "lined up".

My fstab at present is...

/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 / ext3 defaults 1 1
UUID=e4943.... /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpf defaults 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
proc /proc sysfs defaults 0 0
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01 swap swap defaults 0 0

I don't see two devs labelled the same!?

Any thoughts on possible ways forward would be much appreciated.
Old 10-30-2008, 03:08 AM   #4
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fdisk -l output, obviously the 2s are just to save my typing huge numbers.
sda1     2  2  2  de  Dell Utility
sda2  *  2  2  2  b   W95 fat32  
sda3     2  2  2  f   W95 Ext'd (LBA)
sda5     2  2  2  7   HPFS/NTFS
sda6     2  2  2  b   W95 fat32  
sda7     2  2  2  83  Linux
sda8     2  2  2  8e  Linux LVM

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/dm-0: 12.4GB
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4042 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/dm-1: 2080MB
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 252 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x30307800
I don't seem to have a /boot/grub/menu.lst ??

I tried a liveCD but of course it failed at the same place because it tried to mount a hard drive with errors on it.

If anyone with a little know how can help me out with this I'd be most grateful.
What exactly is wrong with the way Fedora is partitioning the drive?
Would another flavour of Linux or an older version of Fedora be free of this issue? Which one?

In the mean time I'm going to remove Fedora9 create one ext3 partition and see if I can cope with running linux off the liveCD. If that doesn't work I guess I'll have to work out how you run linux within windows or is it windows within linux...

What a hatter for a bit scone. (Translation: What an effort for something simple)


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