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    Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    When I try to boot I get a busybox error with (initramfs), booted to live CD to try and reinstall grub like mentioned in some other posts that said fixed the issue and I cannot mount my hard drive, it hangs. Just sits there doing nothing, not mounting, not giving an error, just sits there like it's processing.

    Tried to check the disk and it tells me the hard drive is busy?

    Also note I ran gparted and it said the hard drive was unmounted and even tried doing a check inside there and it said it was busy. Any ideas, the OS seems to think it's still active when it isn't
    Last edited by FLCL; June 19th, 2011 at 06:40 AM.

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    Re: Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    you can first try unmounting the disk manually before checking the disk....

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    Re: Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    It's not mounted to begin with, or so it says...I'm on the live disc, and umount says
    Code:
    umount: /dev/sda1 is not mounted (according to mtab)
    I tried fsck and it says:

    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fsck /dev/sda1
    fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
    e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
    fsck.ext4: Device or resource busy while trying to open /dev/sda1
    Filesystem mounted or opened exclusively by another program?
    Also just want to add that when I try to mount the drive it goes down a line and then sits there with a blinking cursor doing nothing. Trying to mount through places does nothing( or the same thing just behind the scenes)
    Last edited by FLCL; June 23rd, 2011 at 05:14 AM.

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    Re: Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    Quote Originally Posted by FLCL View Post
    When I try to boot I get a busybox error with (initramfs), booted to live CD to try and reinstall grub like mentioned in some other posts that said fixed the issue and I cannot mount my hard drive, it hangs. Just sits there doing nothing, not mounting, not giving an error, just sits there like it's processing.

    Tried to check the disk and it tells me the hard drive is busy?

    Also note I ran gparted and it said the hard drive was unmounted and even tried doing a check inside there and it said it was busy. Any ideas, the OS seems to think it's still active when it isn't
    Hi, you have to mount your partition with chroot, but first lets have a look at your disks.
    post the information from this script so we can see where everything is located:

    Boot Info Script courtesy of forum members meierfra & Gert Hulselmans

    Page with instructions and download:
    http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
    Paste results.txt in a New Reply, then highlight entire file and click on # in edit panel(code tags) to make it easier to read.
    Last edited by Wild Man; June 23rd, 2011 at 05:24 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Re: Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    Here are the results:

    Boot Info Script 0.60 from 17 May 2011


    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

    => Grub2 (v1.97-1.98 ) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector
    1 of the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and
    looks in partition 1 for (,msdos1)/boot/grub.

    sda1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: ext4
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Operating System:
    Boot files:

    sda2: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: Extended Partition
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:

    sda5: __________________________________________________ ________________________

    File system: swap
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:

    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

    Drive: sda __________________________________________________ ___________________

    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

    Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

    /dev/sda1 * 2,048 300,292,095 300,290,048 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 300,294,142 312,580,095 12,285,954 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 300,294,144 312,580,095 12,285,952 82 Linux swap / Solaris


    "blkid" output: __________________________________________________ ______________

    Device UUID TYPE LABEL

    /dev/loop0 squashfs
    /dev/sda1 d2ef76e3-2df7-4c74-9402-d259fd419d80 ext4
    /dev/sda5 5203aaa2-a9b7-4d49-a84e-d743ba753a91 swap

    ================================ Mount points: =================================

    Device Mount_Point Type Options

    /dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (ro,noatime)
    /dev/sda1 /mnt unknown (rw)
    /dev/sr0 /cdrom iso9660 (ro,noatime)


    ======================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc: ========================

    Unknown BootLoader on sda2

    00000000 8b c6 8d 65 e0 5f 5e 5b 8b 4d fc 33 cd e8 5b 8d |...e._^[.M.3..[.|
    00000010 ff ff c9 c3 55 8b ec 83 ec 10 ff 75 08 8d 4d f0 |....U......u..M.|
    00000020 e8 c0 92 ff ff ff 75 28 8d 4d f0 ff 75 24 ff 75 |......u(.M..u$.u|
    00000030 20 ff 75 1c ff 75 18 ff 75 14 ff 75 10 ff 75 0c | .u..u..u..u..u.|
    00000040 e8 2d fc ff ff 83 c4 20 80 7d fc 00 74 07 8b 4d |.-..... .}..t..M|
    00000050 f8 83 61 70 fd c9 c3 55 8b ec 51 51 a1 48 00 41 |..ap...U..QQ.H.A|
    00000060 00 33 c5 89 45 fc a1 50 29 41 00 53 56 33 db 3b |.3..E..P)A.SV3.;|
    00000070 c3 57 8b f9 75 3a 8d 45 f8 50 33 f6 46 56 68 7c |.W..u:.E.P3.FVh||
    00000080 25 40 00 56 ff 15 68 10 40 00 85 c0 74 08 89 35 |%@.V..h.@...t..5|
    00000090 50 29 41 00 eb 34 ff 15 34 10 40 00 83 f8 78 75 |P)A..4..4.@...xu|
    000000a0 0a 6a 02 58 a3 50 29 41 00 eb 05 a1 50 29 41 00 |.j.X.P)A....P)A.|
    000000b0 83 f8 02 0f 84 cf 00 00 00 3b c3 0f 84 c7 00 00 |.........;......|
    000000c0 00 83 f8 01 0f 85 e8 00 00 00 39 5d 18 89 5d f8 |..........9]..].|
    000000d0 75 08 8b 07 8b 40 04 89 45 18 8b 35 a4 10 40 00 |u....@..E..5..@.|
    000000e0 33 c0 39 5d 20 53 53 ff 75 10 0f 95 c0 ff 75 0c |3.9] SS.u.....u.|
    000000f0 8d 04 c5 01 00 00 00 50 ff 75 18 ff d6 8b f8 3b |.......P.u.....;|
    00000100 fb 0f 84 ab 00 00 00 7e 3c 81 ff f0 ff ff 7f 77 |.......~<......w|
    00000110 34 8d 44 3f 08 3d 00 04 00 00 77 13 e8 4f 09 00 |4.D?.=....w..O..|
    00000120 00 8b c4 3b c3 74 1c c7 00 cc cc 00 00 eb 11 50 |...;.t.........P|
    00000130 e8 4a e5 ff ff 3b c3 59 74 09 c7 00 dd dd 00 00 |.J...;.Yt.......|
    00000140 83 c0 08 8b d8 85 db 74 69 8d 04 3f 50 6a 00 53 |.......ti..?Pj.S|
    00000150 e8 1b 8d ff ff 83 c4 0c 57 53 ff 75 10 ff 75 0c |........WS.u..u.|
    00000160 6a 01 ff 75 18 ff d6 85 c0 74 11 ff 75 14 50 53 |j..u.....t..u.PS|
    00000170 ff 75 08 ff 15 68 10 40 00 89 45 f8 53 e8 74 d0 |.u...h.@..E.S.t.|
    00000180 ff ff 8b 45 f8 59 eb 75 33 f6 39 5d 1c 75 08 8b |...E.Y.u3.9].u..|
    00000190 07 8b 40 14 89 45 1c 39 5d 18 75 08 8b 07 8b 40 |..@..E.9].u....@|
    000001a0 04 89 45 18 ff 75 1c e8 be 06 00 00 83 f8 ff 59 |..E..u.........Y|
    000001b0 75 04 33 c0 eb 47 3b 45 18 74 1e 53 53 8d 00 fe |u.3..G;E.t.SS...|
    000001c0 ff ff 82 fe ff ff 02 00 00 00 00 78 bb 00 00 00 |...........x....|
    000001d0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 |................|
    *
    000001f0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 55 aa |..............U.|
    00000200

    I also left for a while after I tried mounting and came back to this error:

    Code:
    Unable to mount 154 GB Filesystem
    DBus error org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.

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    Re: Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    Hi, did you post everything the script said? if so you have a partition problem. Run this command from terminal while using the livcd.
    Code:
    sudo e2fsck -C -0 -p -f -v /dev/sda
    Let me know what it says.
    Last edited by Wild Man; July 2nd, 2011 at 02:35 AM. Reason: added text

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    Re: Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    Yeah thats everything that was in the results.txt, I just selected all and pasted it in the post.

    Ran that command and it tells me it's busy.
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo e2fsck -C0 -p -f -v /dev/sda
    e2fsck: Device or resource busy while trying to open /dev/sda
    Filesystem mounted or opened exclusively by another program?

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    Re: Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    Quote Originally Posted by FLCL View Post
    Yeah thats everything that was in the results.txt, I just selected all and pasted it in the post.

    Ran that command and it tells me it's busy.
    Hi, open disk utility in the livecd and unmount the drive and try that command again.

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    Re: Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    It says it isn't mounted, also ran umount and it returns
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ umount /dev/sda
    umount: /dev/sda is not mounted (according to mtab)
    tried mounting in disk utility to see if I could unmount after and the wheel just spins forever trying to mount

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    Re: Cannot boot, busybox (initramfs) error on boot

    Quote Originally Posted by FLCL View Post
    It says it isn't mounted, also ran umount and it returns
    tried mounting in disk utility to see if I could unmount after and the wheel just spins forever trying to mount
    Hi, I am going to give you a link for a program that will make it is to repair grub, if that is the only issue, but it looks like your file system is corrupted and you need to use testdisk to repair it, but try the link first.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...7#post10871917

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