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rkonrad

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installation failure
« on: March 25, 2012, 09:37:28 pm »

Hi,

I'm new here.  I'm not a newbie nor do I consider myself an advanced linux user.  I have, however, installed at least a dozen linux distros on my system but here I am stumped. 

I've followed the installation procedures for VL 7 gold.  I'm using my usb external hard drive sdb1 for the installation with one partition mounted to "/" and also have a valid swap on sdb2.  I've chosen grub to go on the main boot record on my internal hard drive sda.  When I reboot, the vector linux splash screen hangs with the progress bar frozen.  What other information can I give you?  I was thinking my usb drive might be having trouble but perhaps others have experienced the same?

Richard
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rkonrad

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Re: installation failure
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 08:21:18 pm »

Here is some more data:

I just bought a new usb hard drive (1.5 tb).  Once again, grub is installed on my MBR which is my internal hd (hda).  I checked for bad blocks on that drive and all is ok.  After a fresh installation, the results are the same.  So I loaded the cd and booted directly to the installation "root=/dev/sdb3 ro" (or something like that) and I got the following message(s)

Cannot open root device sdb3 or unknown block (0,0)...... kernel panic

Any thoughts??  I'm really stumped.
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rkonrad

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Re: installation failure
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2012, 09:47:44 pm »

Ok.  It seems the kernel is loading faster than my usb hard drive can be recognized so I added "rootdelay=10" at the prompt. It worked!  Question is:  how can i make this permanent?  I'm assuming that should be entered into a grub file - but which one?  Thanks in advance.

Richard
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pierce.jason

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Re: installation failure
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 04:48:04 pm »

Good question there about grub rkonrad!

I could tell you how to hack it into place, but my method of dealing with grub really isn't ideal ;)

There's a file somewhere in etc that you should place this in. That way it will be put back into place any time the grub menu is updated.

If you don't get a good answer here, then mark this thread as solved and open a new one about adding boot options to grub ;)
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