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Old 03-06-2005, 07:31 AM   #1
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Drive mount at boot time problems


After just reinstalling suse 9.2, the system boots fine for the first time but on the second boot this message is recieved

kernel panic - non syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(3,2)

and the system stops booting. The config is one IDE 80gb drive and 2 300gb SATA drives. The system is installed on the 80gb (hda). If the SATA drives are unplugged the same problem still appears.

The system was reinstalled as there was a similar problem last time, any suggestions would be great

thanks
 
Old 03-06-2005, 10:28 AM   #2
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I think block(3,2) would be hdd3 which obviously isn't your root drive. Err try checking your /etc/fstab. / should be on hda probably hda1 if it's on the first primary partition. Hope this helps.

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Old 03-07-2005, 08:36 AM   #3
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It could be that the drive order as recognized by the BIOS has changed. That means during installation, the IDE drive has been assigned as 4th drive (so probably even after the CD-drive). You could try to boot with the option ide=reverse (type at grub menu to test and add to /boot/grub/menu.lst to make it permanent).

In the following link you'll find a short descrition how this option works:
http://lists.suse.com/archive/suse-l...-Nov/0894.html
 
Old 03-13-2005, 10:50 AM   #4
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Originally posted by APB_4
Err try checking your /etc/fstab.
Adam [/B]
Can i do this from a bootable cd, like knoppix?




You could try to boot with the option ide=reverse (type at grub menu to test and add to /boot/grub/menu.lst to make it permanent).

This doesnt seem to make any difference
 
Old 03-13-2005, 03:17 PM   #5
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Can i do this from a bootable cd, like knoppix?
Yes but you will have to mount your hard drive with the fstab on. Here's a quick tutorial:
1. Make a directory. Something like /mnt/hd like this "mkdir /mnt/hd"
2. Mount the drive with your fstab on. mount -t (put your filesystem type here eg. reiserfs or ext3) /dev/hda1(probably although you can try some other hdas if that doesn't work) /mnt/hd.
That's "mount -t ext3 /dev/hda1 /mnt/hd".
 
  


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