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Old 06-30-2008, 07:03 PM   #1
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Question error 11 unrecognized device string

Hi, I am triple booting Windows XP,Ubuntu, and Puppy 400. At the grub, when I choose Puppy, I get the error message error 11 unrecognized device string. This is a new install of Puppy.

I used frugal install and have a new partition for the iso and kernel etc.

I modified the grub (menu.lst) in hd0,4 to include this:

title Puppy Linux 400 Frugal
root noverify (hd0,3)
kernel /puppy400/vmlinuz pmedia=idehd
initrd /puppy400/init.gz

I can boot to HD from the CD, but would like to be able to boot directly from grub.


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Old 07-01-2008, 01:00 AM   #2
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The main problem I spotted is that the file in your last line should read initrd.gz, not init.gz. Are your puppy files on hda4?

Try this:
title Puppy Linux 400 Frugal
root (hd0,3)
kernel (hd0,3)/puppy400/vmlinuz PMEDIA=idehd
initrd (hd0,3)/puppy400/initrd.gz
Old 07-01-2008, 07:54 AM   #3
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goot an error 17 message this time

Good morning Honeysuckle,
I tried your suggestion. I get an error 17 this time. Grub menu.lst is located on sda5 (hd0,4). Puppy is on sda3. Right now I don't know Puppy's hd0 number.

Got interested lately in minimal installation, and Puppy is minimal, but amazing speed for one who has a two year old computer.

I tried putting the grub menu in Puppy's partition, but got into all sorts of problems with that. I couldn't boot anything.

Thanks for the information. Any more help would be appreciated.

Problem Solved: Thanks Honeysuckle I used your menu.lst configuration, but changed to (hd0,2), and Puppy booted!

Now for the fun part. Playing with this great little distro.

Last edited by ubume2; 07-01-2008 at 08:02 AM. Reason: Solved
Old 07-01-2008, 09:27 AM   #4
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Oh that's good, glad you got it sorted.
Old 01-30-2009, 12:25 PM   #5
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Hi all...I m not a complete noob in linux,let s say i m in the middle

SO,i ve got almost the same problem as ubume...The difference is I have Vista,ubuntu and zenwalk 5.2 and i try to get zenwalk to load through grub.
I've edited the grub with these

title Zenwalk
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz- root=/dev/hda6 ro
initrd /boot/initrd.splash

Am I doing something wrong?I get "error 11 unrecognized device string"...Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!!


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