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    Unhappy Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    liveCD
    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo blkid
    /dev/sda1: UUID="667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3"
    /dev/sda5: UUID="a453daf0-813e-4833-bda8-e23297071343" TYPE="swap"
    /dev/evms/sda1: UUID="667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3"
    /dev/evms/sda5: UUID="a453daf0-813e-4833-bda8-e23297071343" TYPE="swap"
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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    Quote Originally Posted by kminney View Post
    How can I get into my files to transfer them and do a reinstall?
    I am running my computer of the live 9.1 cd and the os that is on there is 10.10.
    Thanks,
    K
    From the LiveCD Desktop, mount your real Ubuntu installation, then use a file browser to copy transfer any files you want to save. Make sure you move them to a partition or external drive that won't be formatted/destroyed when you reinstall.

    This assumes the files you want are on your Ubuntu partition and that it is on sda1. If your files are on a different partition, change sda1 to the appropriate value.

    Code:
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
    nautilus /mnt
    GRUB2

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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    Romala,

    Which version of Ubuntu do you have installed on your computer? When you ran the update it was trying to download files from the Dapper repository.

    If you are trying to update the 10.04 files on your real installation, you must boot the LiveCD and then use the chroot procedure to get into your Ubuntu install. This is the only way you will be able to update your real files.

    If you are trying to do this from a Dapper CD, I don't know if even the chroot will work. It would be best to get a 10.04 CD, chroot into your Ubuntu partition, and install Grub2. The procedures for chrooting and installing Grub2 can be found here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1581099
    GRUB2

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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    same problems here...I can boot if I use the "e" and change to /dev/sda2, but the UUID matches perfectly. A bit stumped why it does that? Also, how can I change that permanently. I edited boot/grub/grub.cfg to make all the headers goto /dev/sda2, but when I run update-grub, they revert! Thanks...
    Last edited by woodmaster; November 8th, 2010 at 01:14 AM. Reason: bad info, situation changed
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    Smile Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    drs305,
    all works, thank you. Probably, it was 8.04 to 10.04 have not upgraded properly.
    But i have to make another steps in upgrading to Grub2:
    1. boot LiveCD 10.04, try to find a linux drive
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    (it occurs /dev/sdc1 - differing folder from such as before, in LiveCD 6.06)
    mount it and update
    Code:
    mkdir ~/mnt
    sudo mount /dev/sdc1 ~/mnt
    cd ~/mnt
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo umount /dev/sdc1
    2. reboot PC, change in Grub a string for booting on kernel ... root=/dev/sdc1, and Ubuntu 10.04 boots at last.
    3. steps "Why Chroot?" http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1581099
    4. reboots PC. The first string in Grub is asking to try Grub 2 and save it. I' ve selected it, but it answered "Filesystem type is unknown, type is ... ". I've deleted string root (hd2,0) , and Grub2 have been loaded successfully.
    5. boots Ubuntu, open a terminal and
    Code:
    sudo upgrade-from-grub-legacy
    , select /dev/sdc for Grub2.
    6. reboots PC.
    7. Grub 1.98 and Ubuntu 10.04 work.
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    Last edited by Romala; November 8th, 2010 at 11:17 PM.

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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    Hi I have had this problem as well in ubuntu 10.10 with a dual boot
    black screen, then it gave up waiting on root device. help?

    I ran the script and have RESULTS.txt but I don't know what it should look like.
    anyone?

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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    I tried editing grub as suggested in post #2. No dice. I've been fighting with this problem for a couple weeks now! I'm relatively new to Linux, but do know to search for solutions. I've tried the Linux Mint forums (I'm using Mint 10, which is Ubuntu 10.10 based) and Linux Questions. Several "solutions", but none work.

    Some solutions suggest booting from the Live CD (which boots and works fine!) and mounting the drive manually, but when I try that I get a "device doesn't exist" error. The first time I got that I used gparted to look at the drive, and it finds it fine, just says there is no boot info on it.

    I have an Athlon XP 2400+ processor, Radeon 8200 video card, 1 GB RAM, on an old FIC AZ31 motherboard (VIA KT133 chipset, VT 8363 North Bridge and 686A Super South), 120GB Maxtor 5400 rpm IDE hard drive. Mint 7 (Ubuntu 9.04) boots and installs flawlessly on this system. I'd really like a solution! This is my "shop" experimenting machine. If I can't get Mint 10 (Ubuntu 10.10) to run on it I'm not about to attempt and upgrade on my main machine!



    Here is the output from Bootinfo Script:
    Code:
    Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
    
    => Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
    partition #1 for (,msdos1)/boot/grub.
    => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc
    
    sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system:
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    Mounting failed:
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    
    sda2: _________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system: Extended Partition
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    
    sda5: _________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system:
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    Mounting failed:
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    mount: unknown filesystem type ''
    
    sdc1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system: vfat
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:
    Boot files/dirs:
    
    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 122.9 GB, 122942324736 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14946 cylinders, total 240121728 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition Boot Start End Size Id System
    
    /dev/sda1 * 2,048 239,933,439 239,931,392 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 239,935,486 240,119,807 184,322 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 239,935,488 240,119,807 184,320 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    Drive: sdc ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 517 MB, 517521408 bytes
    128 heads, 32 sectors/track, 246 cylinders, total 1010784 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition Boot Start End Size Id System
    
    /dev/sdc1 * 32 1,010,782 1,010,751 4 FAT16 <32M
    
    
    blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
    
    Device UUID TYPE LABEL
    
    /dev/loop0 squashfs
    /dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos"
    /dev/sdc1 vfat LEXAR MEDIA
    /dev/sdc: PTTYPE="dos"
    error: /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
    error: /dev/sda2: No such file or directory
    error: /dev/sda5: No such file or directory
    error: /dev/sdb: No medium found
    
    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================
    
    Device Mount_Point Type Options
    
    aufs / aufs (rw)
    /dev/sr1 /cdrom iso9660 (ro,noatime)
    /dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (ro,noatime)
    /dev/sdc1  /media/LEXAR MEDIA vfat  (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks,uid=999,gid=999,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,showexec,flush)
    
    =========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================
    
    Unknown BootLoader on sda1
    
    
    Unknown BootLoader on sda2
    
    
    Unknown BootLoader on sda5
    
    
    Unknown BootLoader on sdc1
    
    00000000 eb 3c 90 4d 53 57 49 4e 34 2e 31 00 02 10 01 00 |.<.MSWIN4.1.....|
    00000010 02 00 02 00 00 f8 f7 00 20 00 80 00 20 00 00 00 |........ ... ...|
    00000020 3f 6c 0f 00 80 00 29 00 00 00 00 4e 4f 20 4e 41 |?l....)....NO NA|
    00000030 4d 45 20 20 20 20 46 41 54 31 36 20 20 20 33 c9 |ME FAT16 3.|
    00000040 8e d1 bc fc 7b 16 07 bd 78 00 c5 76 00 1e 56 16 |....{...x..v..V.|
    00000050 55 bf 22 05 89 7e 00 89 4e 02 b1 0b fc f3 a4 06 |U."..~..N.......|
    00000060 1f bd 00 7c c6 45 fe 0f 38 4e 24 7d 20 8b c1 99 |...|.E..8N$} ...|
    00000070 e8 7e 01 83 eb 3a 66 a1 1c 7c 66 3b 07 8a 57 fc |.~...:f..|f;..W.|
    00000080 75 06 80 ca 02 88 56 02 80 c3 10 73 ed 33 c9 fe |u.....V....s.3..|
    00000090 06 d8 7d 8a 46 10 98 f7 66 16 03 46 1c 13 56 1e |..}.F...f..F..V.|
    000000a0 03 46 0e 13 d1 8b 76 11 60 89 46 fc 89 56 fe b8 |.F....v.`.F..V..|
    000000b0 20 00 f7 e6 8b 5e 0b 03 c3 48 f7 f3 01 46 fc 11 | ....^...H...F..|
    000000c0 4e fe 61 bf 00 07 e8 28 01 72 3e 38 2d 74 17 60 |N.a....(.r>8-t.`|
    000000d0 b1 0b be d8 7d f3 a6 61 74 3d 4e 74 09 83 c7 20 |....}..at=Nt... |
    000000e0 3b fb 72 e7 eb dd fe 0e d8 7d 7b a7 be 7f 7d ac |;.r......}{...}.|
    000000f0 98 03 f0 ac 98 40 74 0c 48 74 13 b4 0e bb 07 00 |.....@t.Ht......|
    00000100 cd 10 eb ef be 82 7d eb e6 be 80 7d eb e1 cd 16 |......}....}....|
    00000110 5e 1f 66 8f 04 cd 19 be 81 7d 8b 7d 1a 8d 45 fe |^.f......}.}..E.|
    00000120 8a 4e 0d f7 e1 03 46 fc 13 56 fe b1 04 e8 c2 00 |.N....F..V......|
    00000130 72 d7 ea 00 02 70 00 52 50 06 53 6a 01 6a 10 91 |r....p.RP.Sj.j..|
    00000140 8b 46 18 a2 26 05 96 92 33 d2 f7 f6 91 f7 f6 42 |.F..&...3......B|
    00000150 87 ca f7 76 1a 8a f2 8a e8 c0 cc 02 0a cc b8 01 |...v............|
    00000160 02 80 7e 02 0e 75 04 b4 42 8b f4 8a 56 24 cd 13 |..~..u..B...V$..|
    00000170 61 61 72 0a 40 75 01 42 03 5e 0b 49 75 77 c3 03 |aar.@u.B.^.Iuw..|
    00000180 18 01 27 0d 0a 49 6e 76 61 6c 69 64 20 73 79 73 |..'..Invalid sys|
    00000190 74 65 6d 20 64 69 73 6b ff 0d 0a 44 69 73 6b 20 |tem disk...Disk |
    000001a0 49 2f 4f 20 65 72 72 6f 72 ff 0d 0a 52 65 70 6c |I/O error...Repl|
    000001b0 61 63 65 20 74 68 65 20 64 69 73 6b 2c 20 61 6e |ace the disk, an|
    000001c0 64 20 74 68 65 6e 20 70 72 65 73 73 20 61 6e 79 |d then press any|
    000001d0 20 6b 65 79 0d 0a 00 00 49 4f 20 20 20 20 20 20 | key....IO |
    000001e0 53 59 53 4d 53 44 4f 53 20 20 20 53 59 53 7f 01 |SYSMSDOS SYS..|
    000001f0 00 41 bb 00 07 60 66 6a 00 e9 3b ff 00 00 55 aa |.A...`fj..;...U.|
    00000200
    
    
    =======Devices which don't seem to have a corresponding hard drive==============
    
    sdb
    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================
    
    hexdump: /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda2: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda2: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda5: No such file or directory
    hexdump: /dev/sda5: No such file or directory
    Last edited by drs305; February 22nd, 2011 at 07:09 PM. Reason: Added [code] [/code] tags. You can too, with the # icon in the menubar.

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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    Jthirt, My experience(and yours, look at the length of this thread) indicates that Ubuntu is NOT an appropriate OS for a computer newbie. To unstable, too buggy. If you don't understand coding at all, Ubuntu will just create frustration after the first honeymoon ends with a kernel panic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockcarver View Post
    Jthirt, My experience(and yours, look at the length of this thread) indicates that Ubuntu is NOT an appropriate OS for a computer newbie. To unstable, too buggy. If you don't understand coding at all, Ubuntu will just create frustration after the first honeymoon ends with a kernel panic.
    +1
    I would even go farther and say that unless you have a PhD in computer science, you should not even try to switch on any electronic device!

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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    to drs305:

    Thanks!! You are a lifesaver!

    Suddenly, and without any updates that I know of, I got dropped to the busybox initramfs prompt, with the gave up waiting for root device error.

    I edited the GRUB2 menu option (pressing "e") from root=UUID=long number, to root=/dev/sdxy (sda6 in my case), and it booted again

    After running sudo update-grub it reverted to root=UUID... stuff again, but still boots (for the 3rd time so far...), so I don't really know what the issue was. Using Ubuntu 9.10 32-bit.


    Thanks again!

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