I installed Ubuntu 10.10 Server on a very old computer (bought it in 2002), but it won't boot. It tells me it can't find the root mount volume by it's UUID and also gives me the follwing type of error:
Alert! /dev/disk/by-uuid/xxxxxxxx does not exist. Dropping to a shell!
After which it gives me a initramfs prompt. I've searched everywhere and I've found a lot of different solutions (editing my grub settings to NOT use a UUID but /dev/sda1 instead, this is infact the partition on which the installation resides)
I currently don't have acces to a keyboard or a monitor, but I'm doing everything via a LiveCD which has SSH enabled by default, so I can perform administrative tasks on the computer. The installation also should have SSH installed, so I can enter it through the network as soon as it's booted sucesfully. I also found a way to see what disks a computer has installed listed by their UUID, namely the following:
$ ls /dev/disk/by-uuid
Which I thought was an awesome way to check if the UUID which it was looking for was also in the grub settings. I am however getting a bus error when I try this command. Any idea why this is?
I also ran smartctl to check the disks for errors (there are two disks) the one with the installation on it does not report any errors, the one that doesn't does report errors, but I don't think this should be a problem. Should it?
Also I've tried setting GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_UUID=true by doing the following:
$ sudo mkdir /mnt/hdd $ sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/hdd $ sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/hdd/proc $ sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/hdd/dev $ sudo mount -- bind /sys /mnt/hdd/sys $ sudo chroot /mnt/hdd # vim /etc/default/grub -- editing the grub file -- # update-grub Generating grub.cfg ... Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic-pae Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic-pae Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin -- exit; etc --
....probably because I'm totally stupid but totally desperate to get this system working from the hard drive. And it didn't help.
If anyone has any pointers, please don't hesitate. Thank you.
-- EDIT: here's my ouput from fdisk --
user@host:~$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x0007b4bd Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 1 4661 37431296 83 Linux /dev/sda2 4661 4866 1648641 5 Extended /dev/sda5 4661 4866 1648640 82 Linux swap / Solaris
I also tried to update the initramfs, (this place gave me an impression it might be a good idea, even though I have a single-boot system and this is a fresh install). I did it pretty much the same way I changed the grub settings. Thanks for your replies. I'm just going to take out the second hard drive altogether, as I don't have access to my BIOS settings without a keyboard (or monitor). Tomorrow I'm getting those, to make things way less difficult.