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    Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    Since the early days of Rairing I have been unable to run a Raring live session or install. Every daily image I try dumps me at a Busybox (initramfs) command line with the message: "Unable to find a medium with a live file system."

    This has happened on Raring images for Ubuntu amd64 (last tried 20130112), amd64+mac (20130112), i386 (20130113) and Kubuntu (20130114).

    Other images work fine. Such as 12.04.1; Ubuntu Gnome Remix (12.10); Ubuntu Secure Remix (12.10).

    The motherboard is 5 years old with a boring, standard BIOS. Removing 'quiet splash' shows the loading stopping at Initializing Nouveau. Adding 'debug' to the boot parameters confirms that it is in a panic because it cannot find a live file system. It then runs scripts to set up the Busybox console.

    Anybody else getting this?

    I found this old bug

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/817145

    And added my comments to it. Error messages are there. I am at the bottom. I also reported it on QA testing tracker.

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    Re: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    are the working images using the same device (hdd) than those not working ?

    because the bug owner said:

    **** Modifying BIOS settings to use AHCI instead of IDE for sata related stuff fixed the issue. ****

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    Re: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    Quote Originally Posted by dino99 View Post
    are the working images using the same device (hdd) than those not working ?

    because the bug owner said:

    **** Modifying BIOS settings to use AHCI instead of IDE for sata related stuff fixed the issue. ****
    I went through the BIOS about 2 hours ago. I am sure that the SATA drive is not set to work as IDE. I remember looking at those settings. I have not tried an image since then. Been doing other work. I will double check. I only have one drive and it is SATA.

    And I am trying different images on different disks. On disks I know work.

    But why would 12.04 and 12.10 images work but not Raring images? As a Vulcan once said: "It is not logical. Jim."

    Thanks for thinking about this.
    Last edited by grahammechanical; January 14th, 2013 at 08:48 PM.
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    Re: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    I am interested in your lspci output please.
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    Re: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    This is not quite the same problem but I just updated my Intel BIOS. I had been having some problems with the BIOS recognizing the PCI-e 3.0 USB card. In the BIOS it refers to then as 'bootable cards'. When I go to BIOS I can't move the up/down priority. It osrt of gets locked up. Even after the update, now the USB boot default is gone. I had been having a similar problem with my SATA drive and USB. I would have to shut down and switch the SATA drive to a different socket and then reboot and the USB option would return.

    Currently I am on IDE Enabled and that is the only way the SATA (or CD/DVD for that matter ) will work. I also had to remove the 80 line UDMA cable to the DVD drive(used 40 line cable) and that restored it somewhat also. I am about to stick the USB PCI-e 3.0 card back in and see what happens.

    My apologies if this is off topic.

    And now I find that it is almost impossible to find a Pentium D 3.4 GHz processor for this machine.

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    Re: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    An update.

    SATA was set to Enhanced with another setting - Configure SATA set to IDE. The other two options are RAID and AHCI. So, I changed it to AHCI. Does not resolve the problem of Raring ISO images unable to find a medium with a live file system but the machine does seem to boot faster.

    graham@Seven-Raring:~$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82P965/G965 Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82P965/G965 PCI Express Root Port (rev 02)
    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
    00:1a.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 02)
    00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 02)
    00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev f2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HB/HR (ICH8/R) LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HR/HO/HH (ICH8R/DO/DH) 6 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT216 [GeForce GT 220] (rev a2)
    01:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 12)
    03:00.0 SATA controller: JMicron Technology Corp. JMB363 SATA/IDE Controller (rev 02)
    03:00.1 IDE interface: JMicron Technology Corp. JMB363 SATA/IDE Controller (rev 02)
    04:00.0 Multimedia video controller: Micronas Semiconductor Holding AG nGene PCI-Express Multimedia Controller
    06:03.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link) [iOHCI-Lynx]
    06:04.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8001 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 14)
    As requested. I will come back to this issue tomorrow. Time for evening meal.

    P.S. Regarding the off topic subject. In my BIOS if I have legacy floppy set then I lose USB options including boot order options. I found this out last year when I installed Ubuntu on a USB stick. A little later I hit the Power button just after I pressed it to power on - stopped it booting and I had to use the previous boot profile to boot. Phew! But I lost the ability to boot from USB because I had reverted back to legacy floppy being set.

    Regards.
    Last edited by grahammechanical; January 14th, 2013 at 09:44 PM.
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    Re: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    Quote Originally Posted by grahammechanical View Post
    An update.

    SATA was set to Enhanced with another setting - Configure SATA set to IDE. The other two options are RAID and AHCI. So, I changed it to AHCI. Does not resolve the problem of Raring ISO images unable to find a medium with a live file system but the machine does seem to boot faster.



    As requested. I will come back to this issue tomorrow. Time for evening meal.

    P.S. Regarding the off topic subject. In my BIOS if I have legacy floppy set then I lose USB options including boot order options. I found this out last year when I installed Ubuntu on a USB stick. A little later I hit the Power button just after I pressed it to power on - stopped it booting and I had to use the previous boot profile to boot. Phew! But I lost the ability to boot from USB because I had reverted back to legacy floppy being set.

    Regards.
    I had the exact same thing happen here except I had to enable "Plug-n-Pray' in the BIOS to get the Floppy working so I could burn in the updated BIOS. All went well but now I can't find the enable/disable Plug n' Play and I too now cannot boot from the USB without the PLOP bootloader (err mabey even thats broke now too.
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    Re: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    Looks like you have 2 SATA controllers.
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    Re: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    I had the same prob. Press F6 in the purple screen before the dots, F6 again for "Other Options" check the 2 first "acpi=off" and "noapic" then try Ubuntu without instaling. That worked for me.

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    Re: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

    Sorry people, I have been 'unavailable for comment' during Tuesday = shopping.

    Yes I do have two SATA controllers. One gives 6 x SATA drives and the other gives 1 x UltraDMA for 2 x PATA devices, 1 x internal SATA port and 1 x external SATA port (SATA-On-the Go). I have over capacity on my motherboard for what I use this machine for.

    Situations where the Raring image dumps me at a Busybox prompt

    1) All F6 options when used on their own.
    2) noapic + nolapic.
    3) acpi=off + edd=on.

    Situations where I get a live session.

    1) acpi=off + noapic > slow, slow, very slow loading + blackscreen = slow, slow, very slow live session. Both CPUs running at 30%. It is as if 1GB is not enough memory to run the session. Do not hold breath waiting for things to happen.

    2) acpi=off + nolapic > slow, slow loading + blackscreen = slow but usable live session. Take a deep breath before running a task. System monitor only shows one CPU on this dual core CPU and it is running at 100%.

    In the meantime my beard has grown an inch. Testing finished for today. Will try an install tomorrow.

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    Update: 17/01/2013

    I just put in an install using acpi=off + nolapic. It is not what I would call a satisfactory user experience when I have to spend so long looking at "Check askubuntu.com for all your Ubuntu questions" as the install process is very slow.

    Update 19/01/2013

    I can get a reasonable live session from using F6 option acpi=off and adding irqpoll to the boot parameters. The session loads as fast as it should and runs as fast as usual. I have never needed these options before.

    Regards.
    Last edited by grahammechanical; January 19th, 2013 at 07:03 PM.
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