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Re: Problem booting anfter reinstall...

On Thu, May 18, 2006 at 05:17:16PM +0100, Bob wrote:
> Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> [snipped...]
> >you're being dropped into busybox, which is a limited shell, but you
> >CAN do some things. can you mount any of your disks from there? if so,
> >turn on boot logging: add or change /etc/default/bootlogd to say
> >BOOTLOGD_ENABLE=yes. Then you can read /var/log/boot after your next
> >boot and most of the messages will be there. Also, ctrl-s supposedly
> >will pause/un-pause the scrolling of boot messages, though I've not
> >done it. hopefully that will get you some more info.
> I was just playing on that box and that the init command was there,
> so did an "init 6" and I think I've found my problem:
> ALERT! /dev/sda1 does not exist. Dropping to a shell!

most likely you don't have the right modules loaded. can you insmod
them from the busybox shell and then try init 6 (also, I think you
only need init 2 in debian, but you can check that by looking at

Of course, reading back over this, my suggestion assumes you've got
modules on a readable disk and I bet you don't...

you could boot from a live-cd (knoppix) and chroot into your system
and rebuild the initrd to include the proper modules in the initrd. I
think its dpkg-reconfigure yaird or initrd-yaird. Others will know


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