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

    Quote Originally Posted by lohith View Post
    Hi drs305,
    I was very happy to see this post and your perfect solution. In the hope that it would work for me, I burned the latest 10.10 Ubuntu and tried to boot from this CD but it does not boot! My problem is explained here http://newyork.ubuntuforums.org/show...=1#post9980525
    There is this '/sbin/modprobe -bv pci:vxxxxx' unexpected exit with status 0x0009 error before it says it gave up on root device.
    I have no clue what's going on.
    I remember I set the waiting time to select kernel to zero so it boots directly into the first choice with no wait. Do you think the system is booting into old kernel instead of new? How to change this wait time now at the initranfs prompt?
    I would really appreciate your help.
    Thanks in advance!
    I don't know if this is a grub problem or if it is a problem after grub passes control to the kernel. I could be a bad UUID or root= setting but it also may be a failure with the kernel.

    Please run the boot info script from the LiveCD and post the contents of RESULTS.txt. Perhaps we can find something that needs to be fixed. It will show us what the default kernel is and how long it's waiting.

    The script and instructions are found here:
    http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net
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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    I've got something similar. I've tried your advice. But to no avail: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1611631

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

    There are a few of these that have popped up in the past week, for now with no solution. Here is another one: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1611213

    I'm subscribed to that thread as well so if a solution is found I'll pass it on here.
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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    Hi,
    Had the same problrm with 10.10. Used 9.1 live cd to get back in. I can't use my files or transfer the dics image to an external hard drive.
    I'd just as soon start over by clearing the disc and reinstalling 9.1 if it's easier, if I could save my files and settings.
    Thanks in advance.
    I did what was suggested and here is the record.
    Kevin



    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.
     => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb
    
    sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 10.10
        Boot files/dirs:   /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img
    
    sda2: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sda5: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sdb1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       vfat
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   
    
    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40016019456 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders, total 78156288 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x791f459c
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1    *             63    75,232,394    75,232,332  83 Linux
    /dev/sda2          75,232,395    78,156,224     2,923,830   5 Extended
    /dev/sda5          75,232,458    78,156,224     2,923,767  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    Drive: sdb ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xa955cbf4
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sdb1                  63   625,137,344   625,137,282   c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    
    
    blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL                         
    
    /dev/loop0                                              squashfs                                 
    /dev/ramzswap0                                          swap                                     
    /dev/sda1        d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca   ext4                                     
    /dev/sda5        e799e3d5-5318-4169-a561-19af3148cfe6   swap                                     
    /dev/sdb1                                               vfat       VERBATIM                      
    
    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev  output: ===========================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    aufs             /                        aufs       (rw)
    /dev/sr0         /cdrom                   iso9660    (rw)
    /dev/loop0       /rofs                    squashfs   (rw)
    /dev/sdb1        /media/VERBATIM          vfat       (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=devkit,uid=999,gid=999,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,flush)
    /dev/sda1        /media/d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca ext4       (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=devkit)
    
    
    =========================== sda1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================
    
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      set have_grubenv=true
      load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
      set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
        saved_entry="${chosen}"
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    
    function recordfail {
      set recordfail=1
      if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
    }
    
    function load_video {
      insmod vbe
      insmod vga
    }
    
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
      set gfxmode=640x480
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca
    set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
    set lang=en
    insmod gettext
    if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
      set timeout=-1
    else
      set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    	recordfail
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca
    	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca ro   quiet splash
    	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    	recordfail
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca
    	echo	'Loading Linux 2.6.35-22-generic ...'
    	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca ro single 
    	echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca
    	linux16	/boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
    	insmod part_msdos
    	insmod ext2
    	set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    	search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca
    	linux16	/boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    if [ "x${timeout}" != "x-1" ]; then
      if keystatus; then
        if keystatus --shift; then
          set timeout=-1
        else
          set timeout=0
        fi
      else
        if sleep --interruptible 3 ; then
          set timeout=0
        fi
      fi
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    
    =============================== sda1/etc/fstab: ===============================
    
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
    # for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
    # devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
    proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
    # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
    UUID=d608374b-7931-4832-8788-593830b560ca /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
    UUID=e799e3d5-5318-4169-a561-19af3148cfe6 none            swap    sw              0       0
    /dev/scd0       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0
    
    =================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================
    
    
        .1GB: boot/grub/core.img
       3.7GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
       1.4GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic.before_restore_2010-09-04_15.05.02.479476
      12.6GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
       1.5GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic
      12.6GB: initrd.img
       1.5GB: vmlinuz
    Last edited by drs305; November 4th, 2010 at 11:21 PM. Reason: Moved [/CODE] to end.

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

    kminney,

    During boot, hold down the SHIFT key to display the Grub2 menu. If it appears, highlight the first entry and press "e" to enter the edit mode.

    Use the cursor to move to the start of the "search" line and hold the DEL key and remove the entire line. Then cursor to the "linux" and "initrd" lines and change them so they look like below.
    recordfail
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
    Once it looks like the above, press CTRL-x to boot. Let us know if it boots. (I'll be off for a bit)
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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    Unfortunately it says no kernal at that point.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by kminney View Post
    Unfortunately it says no kernal at that point.

    Okay, try booting from the grub prompt:
    Code:
    set prefix=(hd0,1)/boot/grub
    set root=(hd0,1)
    linux /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro
    initrd /initrd.img
    boot
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    Angry Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    Dear friends,
    there's the same problem on my PC as in the posted thread. I've tried to update Ubuntu from Live CD but update process has said
    find: WARNING: Hard link count is wrong for .: this may be a bug in your filesystem driver. Automatically turning on find's -noleaf option.
    Grub works, but "rootdelay=90" and "root=/dev/sda1" in Grub menu have not helped.
    Code:
    Boot Info Script 0.55    dated February 15th, 2010                    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
    
     => Grub 0.97 is installed in the MBR of /dev/hdc and looks on boot drive #3 
        in partition #1 for /boot/grub/stage2 and /boot/grub/menu.lst.
     => No known boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/hdd
     => Grub 0.97 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive 
        in partition #1 for /boot/grub/stage2 and /boot/grub/menu.lst.
    
    hdc1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows XP
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  Windows XP
        Boot files/dirs:   /boot.ini /BOOT.INI /ntldr /NTLDR /NTDETECT.COM 
                           /ntdetect.com
    
    hdd1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  Unknown
        Boot sector info:  
    
    hdd5: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows XP
        Boot sector info:  According to the info in the boot sector, hdd5 starts 
                           at sector 63.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   
    
    sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext3
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS
        Boot files/dirs:   /boot/grub/menu.lst /etc/fstab
    
    sda2: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sda5: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    hda: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       iso9660
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   
    
    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: hdc ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/hdc: 41.1 GB, 41110142976 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4998 cylinders, total 80293248 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/hdc1    *             63    80,276,804    80,276,742   7 HPFS/NTFS
    
    
    Drive: hdd ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/hdd: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/hdd1              16,065   976,768,064   976,752,000   f W95 Ext d (LBA)
    /dev/hdd5              16,128   976,768,064   976,751,937   7 HPFS/NTFS
    
    
    Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1    *             63   961,570,574   961,570,512  83 Linux
    /dev/sda2         961,570,575   976,768,064    15,197,490   5 Extended
    /dev/sda5         961,570,638   976,768,064    15,197,427  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL                         
    
    /dev/evms/hdc1                                          ntfs                                     
    /dev/evms/hdd5                                          ntfs                                     
    /dev/evms/sda1   667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7   ext3                                     
    /dev/evms/sda5   a453daf0-813e-4833-bda8-e23297071343   swap                                     
    /dev/hda                                                iso9660                                  
    /dev/hdc1                                               ntfs                                     
    /dev/hdd5                                               ntfs                                     
    /dev/sda1        667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7   ext3                                     
    /dev/sda5        a453daf0-813e-4833-bda8-e23297071343   swap                                     
    
    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev  output: ===========================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    unionfs          /                        unionfs    (rw)
    /dev/sda1        /mnt                     ext3       (rw)
    
    
    ================================ hdc1/boot.ini: ================================
    
    [boot loader]
    
    timeout=30
    
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    
    [operating systems]
    
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect 11111
    
    
    ================================ hdc1/BOOT.INI: ================================
    
    [boot loader]
    
    timeout=30
    
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    
    [operating systems]
    
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect 11111
    
    
    =========================== sda1/boot/grub/menu.lst: ===========================
    
    # menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
    #            grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
    #            grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
    #            and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.
    
    ## default num
    # Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
    # the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
    #
    # You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
    # is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
    # WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not change this entry to 'saved' or your
    # array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
    default		4
    
    ## timeout sec
    # Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
    # (normally the first entry defined).
    timeout		10
    
    ## hiddenmenu
    # Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
    #hiddenmenu
    
    # Pretty colours
    #color cyan/blue white/blue
    
    ## password ['--md5'] passwd
    # If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
    # control (menu entry editor and command-line)  and entries protected by the
    # command 'lock'
    # e.g. password topsecret
    #      password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
    # password topsecret
    
    #
    # examples
    #
    # title		Windows 95/98/NT/2000
    # root		(hd0,0)
    # makeactive
    # chainloader	+1
    #
    # title		Linux
    # root		(hd0,1)
    # kernel	/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
    #
    
    #
    # Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST
    
    ### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    ## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
    ## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below
    
    ## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs
    
    ## ## Start Default Options ##
    ## default kernel options
    ## default kernel options for automagic boot options
    ## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
    ## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
    ## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
    # kopt=root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro
    
    ## default grub root device
    ## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
    # groot=(hd2,0)
    
    ## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. alternative=true
    ##      alternative=false
    # alternative=true
    
    ## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockalternative=true
    ##      lockalternative=false
    # lockalternative=false
    
    ## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
    ## alternatives
    ## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
    # defoptions=quiet splash
    
    ## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockold=false
    ##      lockold=true
    # lockold=false
    
    ## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenhopt=
    
    ## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenkopt=console=tty0
    
    ## altoption boot targets option
    ## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
    ## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
    ##      altoptions=(recovery) single
    # altoptions=(recovery mode) single
    
    ## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
    ## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
    ## alternative kernel options
    ## e.g. howmany=all
    ##      howmany=7
    # howmany=all
    
    ## specify if running in Xen domU or have grub detect automatically
    ## update-grub will ignore non-xen kernels when running in domU and vice versa
    ## e.g. indomU=detect
    ##      indomU=true
    ##      indomU=false
    # indomU=detect
    
    ## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
    ## e.g. memtest86=true
    ##      memtest86=false
    # memtest86=true
    
    ## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
    ## can be true or false
    # updatedefaultentry=false
    
    ## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
    ## can be true or false
    # savedefault=false
    
    ## ## End Default Options ##
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-24-386
    root		(hd2,0)
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-24-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro quiet splash
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-24-386
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-24-386 (recovery mode)
    root		(hd2,0)
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-24-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro single
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-24-386
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-23-386
    # root		(hd2,0)
    # kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro quiet splash
    # initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-386
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-23-386 (recovery mode)
    # root		(hd2,0)
    # kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro single
    # initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-386
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-22-386
    # root		(hd2,0)
    # kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-22-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro quiet splash
    # initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-22-386
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-22-386 (recovery mode)
    # root		(hd2,0)
    # kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-22-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro single
    # initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-22-386
    
    #title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-21-386
    #root		(hd2,0)
    #kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-21-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro quiet splash
    #initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-21-386
    
    #title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-21-386 (recovery mode)
    #root		(hd2,0)
    #kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-21-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro single
    #initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-21-386
    
    #title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-19-386
    #root		(hd2,0)
    #kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro quiet splash
    #initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-386
    
    #title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-19-386 (recovery mode)
    #root		(hd2,0)
    #kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro single
    #initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-386
    
    #title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.15-52-386
    #root		(hd2,0)
    #kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-52-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro quiet splash
    #initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.15-52-386
    
    #title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.15-52-386 (recovery mode)
    #root		(hd2,0)
    #kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-52-386 root=UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 ro single
    #initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.15-52-386
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.04.2, memtest86+
    root		(hd2,0)
    kernel		/boot/memtest86+.bin
    
    ### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    
    # This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
    # ones.
    title		Other operating systems:
    root
    
    
    # This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
    # on /dev/hda1
    title		Windows XP Media Center Edition
    root		(hd0,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    chainloader	+1
    
    
    =============================== sda1/etc/fstab: ===============================
    
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
    proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
    # /dev/sda1 -- converted during upgrade to edgy
    UUID=667da5eb-f73d-4df0-8818-890edab5c8b7 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # /dev/sda5 -- converted during upgrade to edgy                
    UUID=a453daf0-813e-4833-bda8-e23297071343 none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/cdrom        /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto     0       0
    # /dev/hdb5 -- converted during upgrade to edgy 
    UUID=A8FCDB1BFCDAE29C /mnt/win ntfs-3g auto,gid=1001,umask=0,locale=ru_RU.utf8 0 0
    
    =================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================
    
    
     167.1GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
     167.2GB: boot/grub/stage2
     167.1GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.15-52-386
     167.3GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-24-386
     167.1GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-24-386.bak
     167.3GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-25-386
     167.3GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-25-generic
     167.1GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-52-386
     167.2GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-24-386
     167.2GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-25-386
     167.2GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-25-generic
     167.3GB: initrd.img
     167.3GB: initrd.img.old
     167.2GB: vmlinuz
     167.2GB: vmlinuz.old
    =========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================
    
    Unknown MBR on /dev/hdd
    
    00000000  33 ca 8e da bc 0a 7c fb  50 0f 50 1f fc be 1b 7e  |3.....|.P.P....~|
    00000010  bf 1b 06 5a 57 bb e5 0b  f3 ae cb bf be 0f b1 0e  |...ZW...........|
    00000020  38 6e 00 7e 09 7f 13 8b  c5 1a e2 fe cd 1a 8b ff  |8n.~............|
    00000030  83 ce 10 4b 74 1b 38 2e  74 fe a0 bf 07 be 07 8b  |...Kt.8.t.......|
    00000040  f0 ae 3c 0a 74 fe bb 0f  00 be 0e cf 10 eb f2 8a  |..<.t...........|
    00000050  4e 1a e8 4e 00 7b 2a fe  46 1a 80 7e 04 0b 74 0b  |N..N.{*.F..~..t.|
    00000060  80 7e 04 0e 74 0f a0 be  07 7f d2 8a 46 0a 06 8b  |.~..t.......F...|
    00000070  46 0a 06 8b 56 0a 00 ea  21 0a 73 0f a0 be 07 eb  |F...V...!.s.....|
    00000080  bc 8b 3e fe 7d 5f aa 7e  0b 8a 7e 1a 00 7e c8 aa  |..>.}_.~..~..~..|
    00000090  b7 0f eb ab 8b fe 1e 5f  8b ff cb bf 05 0a 8a 5e  |......._.......^|
    000000a0  00 be 08 cf 13 7a 23 8a  c1 2e 3f 9a 8a de 8a fe  |.....z#...?.....|
    000000b0  43 ff e3 8b d1 8e d6 bb  06 da ee 4a f7 ea 39 5e  |C..........J..9^|
    000000c0  0a 7f 23 7a 05 3b 46 0a  73 1e b8 0b 02 bb 00 7e  |..#z.;F.s......~|
    000000d0  8b 4e 02 8b 56 0a cd 1b  73 5b 4f 7e 4e 3a e4 8a  |.N..V...s[O~N:..|
    000000e0  56 0a cd 1b eb ee 8a 5e  00 6a bb aa 55 be 41 cf  |V......^.j..U.A.|
    000000f0  13 7a 36 8b fb 5f aa 7f  30 fe c1 0b 74 2b 61 6a  |.z6.._..0...t+aj|
    00000100  6a 0a 6a 0a ff 7e 0a ff  76 0a 6a 0a 68 0a 7c 6a  |j.j..~..v.j.h.|j|
    00000110  01 6a 10 be 42 8b f4 cf  13 6b 61 7b 0e 4f 74 0b  |.j..B....ka{.Ot.|
    00000120  32 ee 8a 5e 00 cf 13 eb  d6 6b f9 cb 49 6e 76 6b  |2..^.....k..Invk|
    00000130  6c 6b 64 2a 70 6b 72 7e  69 7e 69 6f 6e 2a 74 6b  |lkd*pkr~i~ion*tk|
    00000140  62 6e 65 0a 45 7a 72 6f  72 2a 6c 6f 61 6e 69 6e  |bne.Ezror*loanin|
    00000150  67 2a 6f 7a 65 7a 61 7e  69 6e 67 2a 73 7b 73 7e  |g*ozeza~ing*s{s~|
    00000160  65 6f 00 4f 69 7b 73 6b  6e 6f 20 6f 70 6f 72 6b  |eo.Oi{skno opork|
    00000170  74 6b 6e 6f 20 7b 79 7b  74 6f 6d 0a 00 0a 00 0a  |tkno {y{tom.....|
    00000180  00 0a 00 0a 00 0a 00 0a  00 0a 00 0a 00 0a 00 0a  |................|
    00000190  00 0a 00 0a 00 0a 00 0a  00 0a 00 0a 00 0a 00 0a  |................|
    000001a0  00 0a 00 0a 00 0a 00 0a  00 0a 00 0a 00 0a 00 0a  |................|
    000001b0  00 0a 00 0a 00 2e 44 6b  c2 8e 60 ff 00 0a 00 00  |......Dk..`.....|
    000001c0  01 01 0f fe ff ff c1 3e  00 00 80 0d 38 3a 00 00  |.......>....8:..|
    000001d0  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  |................|
    000001e0  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
    
    Unknown BootLoader  on hdd1
    
    00000000  10 80 10 80 10 80 10 80  10 80 10 80 10 80 10 80  |................|
    *
    000001b0  10 80 10 80 10 80 10 80  10 80 10 80 10 80 00 01  |................|
    000001c0  01 01 07 fe ff ff 3f 00  00 00 41 0d 38 3a 00 00  |......?...A.8:..|
    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
    
    
    =============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================
    
      No volume groups found
    mdadm: No arrays found in config file
    Appreciate your help, thank you
    Last edited by drs305; November 5th, 2010 at 02:09 PM. Reason: [QUOTE] replaced with [CODE] for formatting

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
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    Re: Boot problem - "Gave up waiting for root device.", (initramfs)

    Hi, Tried you last suggestion and it went into kernal panic.

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Beans
    19

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

    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

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