Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 09-29-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Sep 2010
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
trying to boot puppy 5.1.1 from hard drive. Error 17: cannot mount partition

I'm new to linux and changing code to boot new OS. I have inspiron 4150, <2ghz intel, 30gb hdd. I have XP on hdd as well and do not have any partitions that I know of. I'm trying to use the frugal install instructions on to make this work. I read other similar threads on to try and fix problem first but no luck. I have a folder (C\boot) that contains:

my psubdir (mylupu) contains:
isolinux (BIN file)

My menu.lst currently reads:

# Boot menu configuration file
# Boot automatically after 10 seconds

timeout 10

default 0

title mylupu 5.1.1 (on /dev/hda1)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /mylupu/vmlinuz psubdir=mylupu pkeys=us
initrd /mylupu/initrd

When starting laptop i have choice to select XP or puppy. I select puppy and have choice on next black and white screen to select mylupu 5.1.1. I select mylupu 5.1.1 and get:

Booting 'mylupu 5.1.1 (on /dev/hda1)'
root (hd0,0)
Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0xde
kernel/mylupu/vmlinuz psubdir=mylupu pkeys=us
Error 17: cannot mount selected partition

Do I have to partition my hard drive to get this to work? Can I provide more information to give you a better idea of what's going on? Assistance is much appreciated.

Last edited by dasjr7; 09-29-2010 at 11:46 PM.
Old 10-01-2010, 12:23 PM   #2
Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Distribution: Debian, CentOS, windows 7/10
Posts: 879

Rep: Reputation: 113Reputation: 113
The grub that you install is it the grub dos version that works with windows? And where is the root files system for your linux distro? I've never used puppy linux how ever I would still recommend creating a dedicated partition for your linux distro. If windows is taking up the whole harddrive then you will have to resize it. Also is your harddrive a ide or sata? if it is sata then you should be using /dev/sda1
Old 10-01-2010, 02:11 PM   #3
Registered: Jun 2010
Distribution: Ubuntu, played with Puppy Slitaz & OpenSUSE
Posts: 40

Rep: Reputation: 4
Partition type 0xde

Hi dasjr7

I googled partition type 0xde and came up with "Dell Diagnostic partition" whatever that is.
As I don't have a Dell computer I can't have anything more than a guess to the layout of your disk, there may be other partitions than the one used by XP.
Can you try running puppy from a CD or memory stick (the way it was designed for) and get the output of "fdisk -l" (lower case L)



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mounting Hard drive partition as writable with -rw swich using mount command fultron Linux - Newbie 12 08-16-2013 06:56 AM
How to mount a spare partition on a hard drive? sirius57 SUSE / openSUSE 1 02-10-2009 04:41 AM
Ubuntu: Installed to external hard drive; boot to primary hard drive gives error 22 dcorb62 Linux - General 7 09-04-2007 11:28 PM
Mount problems for hard drive partition in ubuntu 6.06 krishghosh Ubuntu 3 03-29-2007 04:03 AM
puppy won't boot from hard drive byewindoze Puppy 3 11-04-2006 04:08 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:34 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration