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Old 10-15-2008, 09:52 AM   #1
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Cannot boot Mandriva 2009

(similar question x-posted to Mandriva Forum)

Trying to install Mandriva 2009 and am encountering the following errors and the system freezes on the boot.

If it helps, I am trying to install on a Lenovo Thinkpad T61p (Intel Core2 T7500 2.2 GHz, 2 Gig ram, Hitachi 100 Gig SATA HDD)


Could not resolve resume device (UUID=3b7561ff-29ba-4c23-9c6e-bd12257ea419)
Creating root device.
Mounting root filesystem.
mount: could not find filesystem '/dev/root'
Setting up other filesystems
setuproot: moving /dev failed. No such file or directory.
setuproot: error mounting /proc: No such file or directory.
setuproot: error mounting /sys: No such file or directory
Switching to new root and running init:
Switchroot: /dev does not exist in new root
Booting has failed.


Had similar problems when I installed Mandriva 2008.1, but was able to continue using the older, working kernel. With the 2009 install, that was no longer an option.

Problem appears related to the change in kernel from 2.6.22 (2008.0) and 2.6.24 (2008.1).

Any thoughts or suggestions on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated.
Old 10-15-2008, 05:02 PM   #2
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Missing driver?

I can't tell for sure, but it looks like the new kernel is missing the driver for your hard drive controller. Grub can see it, but when it hands control over to the kernel, the kernel can't see your drive and, therefore, can't mount the root file system. You may need to boot with an old kernel and then rebuild the initrd (initial RAM disk) for the new kernel with the missing module.

-Adam Keck
Old 10-15-2008, 06:54 PM   #3
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I think you're correct.

The folks at Mandriva are working on an issue with Marvell drive controllers (bug in the driver I think), but all my stuff appears to be Intel-based.

Trying one other install option and then will likely downgrade to 2008.0 where I had a working kernel and drivers.



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