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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:51 pm    Post subject: Problem booting new install of Gentoo on dual-boot machine Reply with quote

Hello all

I'm having some problems installing Gentoo on a Compaq Presario 1609UK desktop. It has:

Sempron 3000+ processor
512 RAM
160 GB IDE drive (hda)
30 GB IDE drive (hdb)
Lite-On DVD+- writer
Creative CD-ROM
Built-in multimedia card reader

Win XP is installed on hda

I installed Gentoo onto the 30 gig drive using the Gentoo 2005.1 Universal install CD. Drive was partitioned as hdb1 50MB /boot, hdb2 1GB swap, hdb3 remaining space for / partition. Inbstallation was done exactly as per the guide at, except that I installed to hdb rather than hda (GRUB is on hda).

On final reboot I got this error:


Setting /sbin/udevsend as hotplug agent [OK]
Mounting devpts at /dev/pts [OK]
Activating (possible) swap [OK]
Remounting root filesystem read-only (if necessary) [OK]
Checking root filesystem...

fsck. ext3: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/ROOT

The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2 filesystem. If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2 filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else), then the superblock is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate superblock:

e2fsk -b 8193 <device>

* Filesystem couldn't be fixed :(
Give root password for maintenance
(or type Control-D to continue):_ <blinking>


I tried editing /etc/fstab to read /dev/hdb3 instead of /dev/ROOT with nano but was told:

error writing /etc/fstab: read-only file system

Also, should the filesystem for / be ext2 rather than ext3? The installation guide states ext3, but the error described above suggests to me that it should be ext2...

This is the /etc/fstab listing:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo-src/rc-scripts/etc/fstab,v 2005/01/31 23:05:14 vapier Exp $
# noatime turns off atimes for increased performance (atimes normally aren't
# needed; notail increases performance of ReiserFS (at the expense of storage
# efficiency). It's safe to drop the noatime options if you want and to
# switch between notail / tail freely.
# See the manpage fstab(5) for more information.

# <fs> <mountpoint> <type> <opts> <dump/pass>

# NOTE: If your BOOT partition is ReiserFS, add the notail option to opts.
/dev/BOOT /boot ext2 defaults,noatime 1 2
/dev/ROOT / ext3 noatime 0 1
/dev/SWAP none swap sw 0 0
/dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,user 0 0
/dev/cdroms/cdrom1 /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,user
#/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto 0 0

# NOTE: The next line is critical for boot!
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0

# glibc 2.2 and above expects tmpfs to be mounted at /dev/shm for
# POSIX shared memory (shm_open, shm_unlink).
# (tmpfs is a dynamically expandable/shrinkable ramdisk, and will
# use almost no memory if not populated with files)
shm /dev/shm tmpfs nodev,nosuid,noexec 0 0

This is the /grub/grub.conf lisitng:

default 0
timeout 30

title=Gentoo Linux 2.6.14-r5
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.14-gentoo-r5 root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc ramdisk=8192 real_root=/dev/hdb3 udev
initrd /boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.14-gentoo-r5

title=Windows XP
root (hd0,1)
chainloader +1

title=Windows recovery
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

WinXP boots fine from Grub. If after trying to boot Gentoo I then type halt at the command line (after the error described above has occured) the system will not shut down, I have to use the power key...

Output is:

Failed to cache service dependencies
error running '/sbin/'!
Please correct any problems above.
INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel

I've used Mandrake in the past, but have decided to switch to Gentoo, partly because Mdk 10 won't load on this new machine (I get a no CDROM found error - Mdk 9.2 will install just fine though). Knoppix 4.0 also runs fine, I'm using it now. Apologies for the long post but thought I should provide some detail. The command line is still something of a black art to me though so please be gentle!



Graham 'Rip' Townsend
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