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although I hate to repost, I am doing so because if I haven't laid out enough information about this problem, maybe someone can tell me what I've left out. I won't pretend to know very much but I have been doing some Googling but not coming up with anything. but as I say if there's something I've neglected to put in here, by all means let me have it... I told YAST to install the boot loader in the boot sector of the boot partition, which it informed me was /dev/hdb3 after I select SuSE from the VPART boot, the ...

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    Default can't seem to boot SuSE 9.0 (II)

    although I hate to repost, I am doing so because if I haven't
    laid out enough information about this problem, maybe someone
    can tell me what I've left out. I won't pretend to know very
    much but I have been doing some Googling but not coming up with
    anything. but as I say if there's something I've neglected to
    put in here, by all means let me have it...



    I told YAST to install the boot loader in the boot sector of
    the boot partition, which it informed me was

    /dev/hdb3

    after I select SuSE from the VPART boot, the screen reads:

    GRUB loading Stage 2

    soon the Grub> prompt comes up with its little disclaimer

    I type

    root ( [TAB]

    returns

    possible disks are fd0 hd0 hd1

    (how come it didn't list hdb3?)

    then I type

    root (hd1,2) [ENTER]

    returns

    Filesystem type is reiserfs, partition type 0x83

    I type

    kernel /boot/vm [TAB]

    returns

    vmlinuz-3.4.21-99.default vmlinuz vmlinuz-3.4.21-99.default.gz

    I type

    kernel /boot /vmlinuz

    returns

    [linux-bzimage, setup=0x1400, size= 0x1218 cd]

    I type

    initrd /boot/initrd

    returns

    Linux-initrd 0xdf7f000,0x700fa bytes

    which seems to start the booting process -- with lots of text
    scrolling by, until

    Loading kernel/fs/reiserfs/reiserfs.o
    sh-2021: reiserfs_read_super: can not find reiserfs on sd(8,5)
    kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 08:05

    and that's all she wrote

    I thought my BIOS was recent enough (the machine is fairly old
    -- a Supermicro P6 w/onboard SCSI) that disk translation was
    enabled, but am I mistaken? does anything suggest itself to
    anyone?

    tia,

    --

    -rafe t.
    www.ray-field.com
    ray Guest

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    Default Re: can't seem to boot SuSE 9.0 (II)

    ray field wrote:
     

    Do you have the correct entry for the root ('/') partition in /etc/fstab?
    Using another linux image or the Suse CD-ROM, mount the partition and
    examine the contents of this file.
    vturner Guest

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    Default Re: can't seem to boot SuSE 9.0 (II)

    In article <SGHPb.4497$news.prodigy.com>,
    vturner <com> wrote:
    ..... 

    thank you, will have a look over the weekend.

    --

    -rafe t.
    www.ray-field.com
    ray Guest

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    Default Re: can't seem to boot SuSE 9.0 (II)

    In article <SGHPb.4497$news.prodigy.com>,
    vturner <com> wrote: 
    >
    >Do you have the correct entry for the root ('/') partition in /etc/fstab?
    >Using another linux image or the Suse CD-ROM, mount the partition and
    >examine the contents of this file.[/ref]

    I figured out what was wrong -- should have been able to
    tell just from Yast's identifying a /dev/hdb3: I had been
    using an old Maxtor IDE drive along with the SCSI HD, but it
    was jumpered as a slave. which probably explains the
    occasional funkiness I'd gotten over the years.

    as it happens, pulling it out and rejumpering it was enough
    to give it clicking death -- the thing never really was any
    good. (tried freezing it and also dropping it to see if I
    could rouse it long enough to pull data off it -- no such
    luck). I hadn't backed up most of it for three or four
    months but never really used it much for serious work so no
    big deal.

    anyway, went to Circuit CIty and replaced it with a Western
    Digital 40gb, jumpered it as solo, repartitioned, and
    installed SuSE 9.0 successfully last night. looking forward
    to playing around with it.

    --

    -rafe t.
    www.ray-field.com


    ray Guest

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