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Re: Unable to open initial console

> About every 1 out of 3 times my computer boots I get
> a message that says something to the effect of:
> "Unable to open an initial console"
> and the boot process stops.  I'm not familiar enough
> with the boot process to know what might be causing

It's linux/init/main.c:1005

        if ((open("/dev/tty1",O_RDWR,0) < 0) &&
            (open("/dev/ttyS0",O_RDWR,0) < 0))
                printk("Unable to open an initial console.\n");

Thus, the kernel cannot find /dev/tty{1,S0}. Now, I doubt very much
that those files appear or reappear spontaniously, so I very much
suspect that you eighter mount a different partition as root once every
3 reboots (how do you do that?), or your hardisk isn't as
reliable as it should be.

BTW, the kernel apparently does go on forking init() etc. Do
you see anything in the system logs for those failed boots?
(I guess not).

> "Failed initialization of WD-7000 SCSI Card!"   I don't
> have any SCSI drives on this computer (to my knowledge!).

And that's where your root partition resides? seems like that
could be the source of your problems.

> "PPA: unable to initialise controller at 0x378, error 2"
> What is PPA?
> Hardware is:
> DFI G586-IPV motherboard with Intel 430VX 512K and
> AMD-K5 PR90 CPU.  Award bios.
> 16 mb EDO 60ns
> Very old Maxtor 213MD hard drive

Maybe other people with "Very Old Maxtor HD"'s will be able
to give you more info, but it seems to me that it's time
to by a new HD. (213M, how much are they, these days? $50?)

I strongly suspect that you'll see that 33% ratio go up
as time goes by, to suddenly go up to 100%. If I were you, I'd
make sure to make backups before it goes to 100%.

joost witteveen, joostje@debian.org
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