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    Boot problem - "ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid/(UUID) does not exist", (initramfs)

    Hi everyone...

    Sorry you have to see another initramfs issue but I have one which I have been working on for a week and tried several things that helped others including the

    "If the “apt-get upgrade” does not successfully complete then a flag is set and update-initramfs does not get to run, hence grub gets all messed up. You should be able to boot using the old kernel and then run the sudo update-initramfs –u -k command. Then run sudo dpkg –reconfigure. That should clear the upgrade flags and fix any broken packages."

    I did have ubuntu 12.04 installed (upgraded from 10.04) and was having some issues so I reinstalled clean and since then I have been pulling my hair out trying to find the issue.

    It will hang on the purple screen.. however if I turn off the "splash" option in grub it will show the problem. It will drop to (initramfs) but I can hit ctrl-D and it will finally boot up. I can also hit Ctrl-D when the purple screen is up .. I just need to wait a few minutes after bios post.



    This install was done by the live CD..

    Seems everything is fine until.....

    [ 6.464023] ata1: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0)
    [ 11.000021] ata1: SRST failed (errno=-16)
    [ 16.508021] ata1: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0)
    [ 21.044021] ata1: SRST failed (errno=-16)
    [ 26.552021] ata1: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0)
    [ 51.024038] ata1: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
    [ 51.878306] ata1.00: ATA-8: WDC WD10EACS-00ZJB0, 01.01B01, max UDMA/133
    [ 51.878310] ata1.00: 1953525168 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 31/32)
    [ 51.893022] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/133
    [ 51.893194] scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access ATA WDC WD10EACS-00Z 01.0 PQ
    : 0 ANSI: 5


    Gave up waiting for root device. Common problems:
    ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid/bunch of stuff does not exist. Dropping to a shell!
    BusyBox v1.13.3 ...
    (initramfs)




    Thank you for your help.


    Output of the boot script
    Code:
    Boot Info Script 0.61 [1 April 2012]
    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
    
    => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.
    => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb.
    => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc and looks at sector 1 of
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
    for (,msdos1)/boot/grub on this drive.
    => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdd and looks at sector 1 of
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and uses an
    embedded config file:
    
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    search.fs_uuid c3ca07d4-cab3-4a23-bd7b-cf15fe0120b7 root
    set prefix=($root)/boot/grub
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -----.
    
    sda1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system: ext4
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Operating System:
    Boot files:
    
    sdb1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system: ext4
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Operating System:
    Boot files:
    
    sdc1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system: ext4
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
    Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img
    
    sdc2: __________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system: Extended Partition
    Boot sector type: Unknown
    Boot sector info:
    
    sdc5: __________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system: swap
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    
    sdd1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
    File system: ext4
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Operating System:
    Boot files:
    
    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 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 1,953,523,711 1,953,521,664 83 Linux
    
    
    Drive: sdb _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 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/sdb1 63 1,465,144,064 1,465,144,002 83 Linux
    
    
    Drive: sdc _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 146.8 GB, 146815737856 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 17849 cylinders, total 286749488 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/sdc1 * 2,048 269,973,503 269,971,456 83 Linux
    /dev/sdc2 269,975,550 286,748,671 16,773,122 5 Extended
    /dev/sdc5 269,975,552 286,748,671 16,773,120 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    Drive: sdd _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdd: 300.0 GB, 300000000000 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 36472 cylinders, total 585937500 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/sdd1 63 585,922,679 585,922,617 83 Linux
    
    
    "blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________
    
    Device UUID TYPE LABEL
    
    /dev/sda1 fbd8fae6-18de-42e3-b11e-67ed091000a4 ext4 Minerva
    /dev/sdb1 6c0255e2-2f97-4b6b-a723-94c1f6f75ab2 ext4 Drive-Y
    /dev/sdc1 106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38 ext4
    /dev/sdc5 6fd2047b-1b1a-4f26-ac8b-a0edc5d3209a swap
    /dev/sdd1 df3ee783-0191-4afb-a708-8ae4c1c206f2 ext4 Drive6
    
    ================================ Mount points: =================================
    
    Device Mount_Point Type Options
    
    /dev/sdc1 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
    
    
    =========================== sdc1/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 video_bochs
    insmod video_cirrus
    }
    
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
    set gfxmode=auto
    load_video
    insmod gfxterm
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38
    set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
    set lang=en_US
    insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    if [ "${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
    if background_color 44,0,30; then
    clear
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    function gfxmode {
    set gfxpayload="${1}"
    if [ "${1}" = "keep" ]; then
    set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
    else
    set vt_handoff=
    fi
    }
    if [ "${recordfail}" != 1 ]; then
    if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
    if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
    if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
    set linux_gfx_mode=keep
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=keep
    fi
    else
    set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    export linux_gfx_mode
    if [ "${linux_gfx_mode}" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-31-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-31-generic root=UUID=106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-31-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-31-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-31-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-31-generic root=UUID=106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-31-generic
    }
    submenu "Previous Linux versions" {
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-29-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-29-generic root=UUID=106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-29-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-29-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    recordfail
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38
    echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-29-generic ...'
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-29-generic root=UUID=106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38 ro recovery nomodeset
    echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-29-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=root 106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38
    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=root 106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38
    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 ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =============================== sdc1/etc/fstab: ================================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid' 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 nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
    # / was on /dev/sdc1 during installation
    UUID=106e677b-ef40-42f5-b967-69035452de38 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # swap was on /dev/sdc5 during installation
    UUID=74eb35d5-fc76-4275-95b1-f7e8dbabfc9c none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =================== sdc1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================
    
    GiB - GB File Fragment(s)
    
    36.233379364 = 38.905294848 boot/grub/core.img 1
    36.233386993 = 38.905303040 boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
    27.761825562 = 29.809033216 boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-29-generic 2
    1.011283875 = 1.085857792 boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-31-generic 2
    36.188037872 = 38.856609792 boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-29-generic 1
    0.743881226 = 0.798736384 boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-31-generic 1
    1.011283875 = 1.085857792 initrd.img 2
    27.761825562 = 29.809033216 initrd.img.old 2
    0.743881226 = 0.798736384 vmlinuz 1
    36.188037872 = 38.856609792 vmlinuz.old 1
    
    ======================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc: ========================
    
    Unknown BootLoader on sdc2
    
    00000000 ca b4 89 09 08 0e 91 26 4b 48 51 23 5c 08 c7 21 |.......&KHQ#\..!|
    00000010 23 12 21 82 25 33 01 57 c2 14 40 0c 70 d3 2a ad |#.!.%3.W..@.p.*.|
    00000020 4c 39 2b 92 37 48 94 9e 3e 70 d3 26 19 1b d2 75 |L9+.7H..>p.&...u|
    00000030 53 e5 01 7c 03 de 2e 9a 1a 42 6c 12 04 b8 09 42 |S..|.....Bl....B|
    00000040 6b 55 89 8e 82 68 0e ea 2a 79 c3 6a 10 34 07 7b |kU...h..*y.j.4.{|
    00000050 51 a2 1c 7f d6 12 6b f5 20 02 f8 d3 53 dd 9c 2a |Q.....k. ...S..*|
    00000060 e5 e0 1a 2a b7 1a 7b 8f e5 25 25 55 ce 29 55 c9 |...*..{..%%U.)U.|
    00000070 4c ac be d2 d5 2d 44 c1 7a 46 9e 49 99 d9 22 b3 |L....-D.zF.I..".|
    00000080 71 47 21 21 44 89 8d 52 25 cc 00 dd 68 24 12 87 |qG!!D..R%...h$..|
    00000090 25 94 c4 6b 52 5a 23 73 5c 1b 23 d4 05 e9 0c cd |%..kRZ#s\.#.....|
    000000a0 a0 7d d2 5c 61 aa 01 20 91 74 50 cc f6 65 30 3d |.}.\a.. .tP..e0=|
    000000b0 b3 41 ba 08 05 c7 10 68 00 31 b5 de 0c 34 d5 a2 |.A.....h.1...4..|
    000000c0 e9 ea cd a9 d2 16 52 35 39 a4 71 d5 4d b2 76 5e |......R59.q.M.v^|
    000000d0 df 6b 31 bb 86 b4 5e b8 d3 89 a6 1e 46 3d 7a e4 |.k1...^.....F=z.|
    000000e0 f9 eb b4 9b 45 a7 06 03 6f 02 e2 a0 24 f1 53 82 |....E...o...$.S.|
    000000f0 47 37 b3 94 77 fa 4e 1e 4d 0e a6 19 c8 89 7c 23 |G7..w.N.M.....|#|
    00000100 ce 49 f4 3d 77 62 0b 88 84 a2 e0 87 18 ba e1 99 |.I.=wb..........|
    00000110 df 32 75 9b 73 00 09 89 a7 8c e2 ec e0 ca ab 03 |.2u.s...........|
    00000120 2e db 47 38 4d 7e c9 e1 05 5c 93 6a a2 42 c1 a0 |..G8M~...\.j.B..|
    00000130 3a 4a 80 8f e7 13 25 d7 5f 50 3b d6 8b df 54 c4 |:J....%._P;...T.|
    00000140 75 5f b2 36 a5 a0 c7 66 a9 1d fa 7b 7e 92 2e a5 |u_.6...f...{~...|
    00000150 59 10 72 81 df ee 2a ba b0 04 ee c7 8d 03 4a 1e |Y.r...*.......J.|
    00000160 e0 2a 86 35 e5 18 5a 27 04 af b6 05 bd 41 41 26 |.*.5..Z'.....AA&|
    00000170 66 b1 2a c6 8e 8b 91 6d da 24 92 4a 8c 33 43 05 |f.*....m.$.J.3C.|
    00000180 ae 4d 75 f5 62 3e cd c6 28 68 50 15 5d 48 15 e4 |.Mu.b>..(hP.]H..|
    00000190 56 d7 03 ec 59 73 88 53 3d 22 42 7e 30 af 71 53 |V...Ys.S="B~0.qS|
    000001a0 56 24 13 91 69 f5 c0 0a 9a 67 e2 30 94 6f a5 fd |V$..i....g.0.o..|
    000001b0 a7 27 b3 5f b8 15 a0 ab 8e 94 79 fc a2 52 00 fe |.'._......y..R..|
    000001c0 ff ff 82 fe ff ff 02 00 00 00 00 f0 ff 00 00 00 |................|
    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: ===============================
    
    xz: (stdin): Compressed data is corrupt
    xz: (stdin): Compressed data is corrupt
    Last edited by ca_20gti; October 10th, 2012 at 04:00 PM.

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