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Old 04-06-2004, 10:08 PM   #1
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Gentoo 2004.0 Install Problems

I am having a problem just after the instalation of Gentoo 2004.0. Immediateley after I reboot to get into my newly installed OS just before you would normally expect stuff to start initializing but just after the hard drive and cd-rom is detected. The error message I get reads "attempt to access beyond end of device". It happens after a stage 1 or stage 3 install with both the vanilla and gentoo verisons of the 2.4.25 kernel and the vanilla 2.4.24 kernel. The 2.6 kernel gives me another hard drive related error, but a different one, telling me that it cant find the root block device. If anyone has any information on this or could point me in the right direction I would be most appreciative as I am rather desperate to get Gentoo going on this box. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-07-2004, 02:52 AM   #2
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What's your layout like?

It looks like your partition table may be wrong...
Can you boot the livecd, mount your partitions, and get a copy of your fstab?
Did you disable plug-and-play in the bios?
Do you have scsi drives?
Tell me more...
Old 04-07-2004, 02:23 PM   #3
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problem solved

the device that was giving me problems was a ramdisk that is created on bootup @ 4mb by default. By passing an option to grub in the kernel line to make this ramdisk 8mb, the problem went away
Old 04-18-2004, 08:53 AM   #4
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Could you please post how you solved this. I am having the same problem
Old 04-25-2004, 05:19 PM   #5
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I was having the same problem too (Gentoo 2004.0 using gentoo-sources), was stumped for two days until I read that post above.

default 0
timeout 5

title=Gentoo Linux
root (hd0,0)
kernel /kernel-<kernel version> root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc real_root=/dev/hda3 ramdisk_size=<nnnn>
initrd /initrd-<kernel version>

*this worked for me, ramdisk_size=4332, yours may be different.


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