Fresh install from express cd fails

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Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby sprinkle » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:28 pm

After selecting all the default prompts including the option to wipe my drive, the system appears to install correctly but on reboot I'm dropped to a grub prompt.

I attempted to manually select the root drive however grub tells me the drive does not exist.

here's some output I grabbed after booting from a liveCD

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fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders, total 3907029168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x000510bf Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 411647 204800 83 Linux /dev/sda2 411648 4540415 2064384 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/sda3 4540416 3907028991 1951244288 83 Linux

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blkid /dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs" /dev/sda1: UUID="4075374b-1487-4d81-85e4-f5bc82554775" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3" /dev/sda2: UUID="e43a0737-231f-4464-97e4-f465b0a8c169" TYPE="swap" /dev/sda3: UUID="fa691b6e-4acf-4412-8d7b-6a91b765eff4" TYPE="ext4"

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cat /mnt/mount/grub/grub.conf # grub.conf generated by anaconda # # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file # NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg. # root (hd0,0) # kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda3 # initrd /initrd-[generic-]version.img #boot=/dev/sda default=0 timeout=0 splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz hiddenmenu title Amahi6 (2.6.35.13-92.fc14.i686.PAE) root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.35.13-92.fc14.i686.PAE ro root=UUID=fa691b6e-4acf-4412-8d7b-6a91b765eff4 rd_NO_LUKS rd_NO_LVM rd_NO_MD rd_NO_DM LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet initrd /initramfs-2.6.35.13-92.fc14.i686.PAE.img
any suggestions would be much appreciated!!!

clearly a linux n00b

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Re: Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby radioz » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:19 pm

The only thing I'm seeing as unusual is"
/dev/sda1: UUID="4075374b-1487-4d81-85e4-f5bc82554775" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3"

I don't know what it means, but I've never seen that before. Mine says: TYPE="ext4"

Are you doing a headless install?

Is this a 32bit or 64bit installation?

What selections are you making during the install?

Are you following the install instructions from here: http://www.amahi.org/support/instructions?

What else have you tried? Have you tried re-installing again?

Sorry for all the questions; I'm just trying to find out more about the situation :)

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Re: Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby sprinkle » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:53 pm

Are you doing a headless install?
yes
Is this a 32bit or 64bit installation?
32
What selections are you making during the install?
default across the board. All though I've attempted to install now a dozen times with the same result and have tried a number of scenarios.
Are you following the install instructions from here: http://www.amahi.org/support/instructions?
yes
What else have you tried? Have you tried re-installing again?
just recently tried booting off the live CD and blowing away the MBR and all partitions, to no avail ... same result.

My current attempt has been to write zero's across the entire drive (2TB sigh!) if it finishes sometime tonight (not likely) I will try to reinstall Amahi again tomorrow.

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Re: Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby radioz » Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:15 pm

Is there some way you could try a non-headless install?

Unless there is some type of hard-disk failure going on, it must be something to do with the install.
Many people have been installing this (using defaults) with success, so we know the process usually works.

Have you tried manually setting up the partitions?

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Re: Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby sprinkle » Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:59 am

Just swapped the drive for a new one and trying the headless install one more time.

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Re: Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby sprinkle » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:17 am

Brand new drive same exact issue, going to step through the graphical installer now. Is there a recommend partition layout?

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Re: Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby bigfoot65 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:25 am

I did this one and it works well for me.

http://wiki.amahi.org/index.php/Install_without_LVM
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Re: Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby sprinkle » Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:30 pm

not sure why but Fedora just doesn't like me. Following the none LVM partitioning scheme didn't resolve my issue so I attempted to install Fedora 14 from DVD with the same result

grub>

if I attempt to;

grub> root (hd0,

tab complete I get: selected disk does not exist

SIGH!

going to try and install gentoo at this point and see if I can't pinpoint the problem step by painful step.

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Re: Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby bigfoot65 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:08 pm

This is starting to sound like a hardware issue. I have seen this in the past where the video card or sometimes the network card is not compatible with Fedora.
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Re: Fresh install from express cd fails

Postby radioz » Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:55 pm

It's not clear from your description, but are you ending up in a grub menu?

If so, at which point in the install process does this happen?

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