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  1. LINUX on ThinkPad UltraBay - pls HELP

    Guys, I am stuck here...pls help... i am not very technical with this....

    My machine:
    ThinkPad R40 2682 - WinXP Home on NTFS - 1 month old.
    Allows 2nd HD in "UltraBay"

    What I did:
    * Got new HD, insert into Primary. Installed SuSE 8.2 Pro on it ---
    (so now LINUX thinks it is on Primary drive)
    * Took LINUX HD out - Put original Windoz HD back
    * Put LINUX HD into UltraBay
    * Configure BIOS boot list - move SM before PM
    * Windoz HD NOT changed in anyway.

    Also edited /etc/fstab - changed references of "hda" to "hdc"

    GRUB boots up - but failed quickly....
    Last few lines of output:
    .................................................. ...........................
    ......................
    VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem)
    Loading module reiserfs...
    Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-4GB/kernel/fs/reiserfs/reiserfs.o
    sh-2021: reserfs_read_super: can not find reiserfs on ide0(3,2)
    You may wan to retry boot with pci=noacpi or acpi=oldboot on the command
    line
    Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:02

    .................................................. ...........................
    ......................

    Apparently GRUB still looks to the Primary (ide0 ?) for filesystem, correct
    ?
    What to do now ?


    Thanks
    Robert










  2. Re: LINUX on ThinkPad UltraBay - pls HELP

    In article , Robert C wrote:
    > Guys, I am stuck here...pls help... i am not very technical with this....
    >
    > My machine:
    > ThinkPad R40 2682 - WinXP Home on NTFS - 1 month old.
    > Allows 2nd HD in "UltraBay"
    >
    > What I did:
    > * Got new HD, insert into Primary. Installed SuSE 8.2 Pro on it ---
    > (so now LINUX thinks it is on Primary drive)
    > * Took LINUX HD out - Put original Windoz HD back
    > * Put LINUX HD into UltraBay
    > * Configure BIOS boot list - move SM before PM
    > * Windoz HD NOT changed in anyway.
    >
    > Also edited /etc/fstab - changed references of "hda" to "hdc"
    >
    > GRUB boots up - but failed quickly....
    > Last few lines of output:
    > .................................................. ..........................
    > .....................
    > VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem)
    > Loading module reiserfs...
    > Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-4GB/kernel/fs/reiserfs/reiserfs.o
    > sh-2021: reserfs_read_super: can not find reiserfs on ide0(3,2)
    > You may wan to retry boot with pci=noacpi or acpi=oldboot on the command
    > line
    > Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:02
    >
    > .................................................. ..........................
    > .....................
    >
    > Apparently GRUB still looks to the Primary (ide0 ?) for filesystem, correct
    > ?
    > What to do now ?


    I've been waiting to see if you got help from someone with Thinkpad
    Ultrabay experience, as I have no idea what Ultrabay makes the disks look
    like.

    It would be good to look at the kernel messages which indicate what disks
    and partitions are found by the kernel during its boot. From the error
    messages you did post, it seems that reiserfs module is looking at
    /dev/hda2 --ide0(3,2)--, which is may not where your root filesystem is
    located.

    By the same token, however, apparently grub is being found (by the boot
    list), and getting the kernel loaded, as well as a reiserfs module. So
    your main trouble is figuring out where (which device name) the root
    filesystem is located, after moving to the Ultrabay.

    You might try using grub in the command mode (interactively), as it has
    "command/filename completion", so by hitting the tab key you can see what
    devices, filesystems, and files it's seeing. Could the boot list be
    swapping the hda/hdb device names for the purposes of locating the boot
    record, but the kernel reordering them (so the ultrabay ends up being
    hdb?

    --
    Dave Brown Austin, TX

  3. Re: LINUX on ThinkPad UltraBay - pls HELP

    On Sat, 11 Oct 2003 14:21:24 -0400, Robert C wrote:

    > Guys, I am stuck here...pls help... i am not very technical with this....
    >
    > My machine:
    > ThinkPad R40 2682 - WinXP Home on NTFS - 1 month old.
    > Allows 2nd HD in "UltraBay"
    >
    > What I did:
    > * Got new HD, insert into Primary. Installed SuSE 8.2 Pro on it ---
    > (so now LINUX thinks it is on Primary drive)
    > * Took LINUX HD out - Put original Windoz HD back
    > * Put LINUX HD into UltraBay
    > * Configure BIOS boot list - move SM before PM
    > * Windoz HD NOT changed in anyway.
    >
    > Also edited /etc/fstab - changed references of "hda" to "hdc"
    >
    > GRUB boots up - but failed quickly....
    > Last few lines of output:
    > .................................................. ..........................
    > .....................
    > VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem)
    > Loading module reiserfs...
    > Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-4GB/kernel/fs/reiserfs/reiserfs.o
    > sh-2021: reserfs_read_super: can not find reiserfs on ide0(3,2)
    > You may wan to retry boot with pci=noacpi or acpi=oldboot on the command
    > line
    > Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:02
    >
    > .................................................. ..........................
    > .....................
    >
    > Apparently GRUB still looks to the Primary (ide0 ?) for filesystem, correct
    > ?
    > What to do now ?


    I thrashed around with this for a week on my thinkpad T23 and finally put
    my Linux drive in the standard slot and my windoze drive in the ultrabay
    slot and told grub what to do with the windoze drive and all works great !

    If you want I can send you a copy of my grub file as it also has entries
    for booting with DVD support or dual hard-drive under linux.

    After a while I found I don't boot very often into windoze anymore so I
    normally just have the DVD installed instead of the ultrabay hard drive
    (suprised?)...

    Douglas Cole
    Registered Linux user #188922

  4. Re: LINUX on ThinkPad UltraBay - pls HELP

    > If you want I can send you a copy of my grub file as it also has entries
    > for booting with DVD support or dual hard-drive under linux.


    Hi, Doug thanks ! please send it. I can use any info....
    I tried all of the suggestions (except ones that require reconfig the windoz
    HD)....
    still got similar error message...

    > I thrashed around with this for a week on my thinkpad T23 and finally put
    > my Linux drive in the standard slot and my windoze drive in the ultrabay
    > slot and told grub what to do with the windoze drive and all works great !


    So you just gave up on trying to boot/run LINUX from UltraBay, huh ?
    I guess I'd have to do the same until I run into some guru at some user
    group meeting......
    Does your T23, when running Windoz on UltraBay, function all the same
    as it did on the Primary ?

    Can you watch DVD miovie on LINUX now ?
    Also let me know your distro.


    Thanks !
    Robert




    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Douglas Cole"
    Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.portable
    Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 10:34 AM
    Subject: Re: LINUX on ThinkPad UltraBay - pls HELP


    > On Sat, 11 Oct 2003 14:21:24 -0400, Robert C wrote:
    >
    > > Guys, I am stuck here...pls help... i am not very technical with

    this....
    > >
    > > My machine:
    > > ThinkPad R40 2682 - WinXP Home on NTFS - 1 month old.
    > > Allows 2nd HD in "UltraBay"
    > >
    > > What I did:
    > > * Got new HD, insert into Primary. Installed SuSE 8.2 Pro on it ---
    > > (so now LINUX thinks it is on Primary drive)
    > > * Took LINUX HD out - Put original Windoz HD back
    > > * Put LINUX HD into UltraBay
    > > * Configure BIOS boot list - move SM before PM
    > > * Windoz HD NOT changed in anyway.
    > >
    > > Also edited /etc/fstab - changed references of "hda" to "hdc"
    > >
    > > GRUB boots up - but failed quickly....
    > > Last few lines of output:
    > >

    .................................................. ...........................
    > > .....................
    > > VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem)
    > > Loading module reiserfs...
    > > Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-4GB/kernel/fs/reiserfs/reiserfs.o
    > > sh-2021: reserfs_read_super: can not find reiserfs on ide0(3,2)
    > > You may wan to retry boot with pci=noacpi or acpi=oldboot on the command
    > > line
    > > Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:02
    > >
    > >

    .................................................. ...........................
    > > .....................
    > >
    > > Apparently GRUB still looks to the Primary (ide0 ?) for filesystem,

    correct
    > > ?
    > > What to do now ?

    >
    > I thrashed around with this for a week on my thinkpad T23 and finally put
    > my Linux drive in the standard slot and my windoze drive in the ultrabay
    > slot and told grub what to do with the windoze drive and all works great !
    >
    > If you want I can send you a copy of my grub file as it also has entries
    > for booting with DVD support or dual hard-drive under linux.
    >
    > After a while I found I don't boot very often into windoze anymore so I
    > normally just have the DVD installed instead of the ultrabay hard drive
    > (suprised?)...
    >
    > Douglas Cole
    > Registered Linux user #188922




  5. Re: LINUX on ThinkPad UltraBay - pls HELP

    On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 07:34:40 -0700, Douglas Cole wrote:

    > On Sat, 11 Oct 2003 14:21:24 -0400, Robert C wrote:
    >
    >> Guys, I am stuck here...pls help... i am not very technical with this....
    >>
    >> My machine:
    >> ThinkPad R40 2682 - WinXP Home on NTFS - 1 month old.
    >> Allows 2nd HD in "UltraBay"
    >>
    >> What I did:
    >> * Got new HD, insert into Primary. Installed SuSE 8.2 Pro on it ---
    >> (so now LINUX thinks it is on Primary drive)
    >> * Took LINUX HD out - Put original Windoz HD back
    >> * Put LINUX HD into UltraBay
    >> * Configure BIOS boot list - move SM before PM
    >> * Windoz HD NOT changed in anyway.
    >>
    >> Also edited /etc/fstab - changed references of "hda" to "hdc"
    >>
    >> GRUB boots up - but failed quickly....
    >> Last few lines of output:
    >> .................................................. ..........................
    >> .....................
    >> VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem)
    >> Loading module reiserfs...
    >> Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-4GB/kernel/fs/reiserfs/reiserfs.o
    >> sh-2021: reserfs_read_super: can not find reiserfs on ide0(3,2)
    >> You may wan to retry boot with pci=noacpi or acpi=oldboot on the command
    >> line
    >> Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:02
    >>
    >> .................................................. ..........................
    >> .....................
    >>
    >> Apparently GRUB still looks to the Primary (ide0 ?) for filesystem, correct
    >> ?
    >> What to do now ?

    >
    > I thrashed around with this for a week on my thinkpad T23 and finally put
    > my Linux drive in the standard slot and my windoze drive in the ultrabay
    > slot and told grub what to do with the windoze drive and all works great !
    >
    > If you want I can send you a copy of my grub file as it also has entries
    > for booting with DVD support or dual hard-drive under linux.
    >
    > After a while I found I don't boot very often into windoze anymore so I
    > normally just have the DVD installed instead of the ultrabay hard drive
    > (suprised?)...


    Here is a copy of my grub "menu.lst" file, hope it is self explanatory, if
    not try the grub documentation, it tells alot, I could go into the gory
    details as to why I didn't try to make the primary drive the Windoze drive
    (mostly because I don't normally use it), but it mostly had to do with a
    lack of patience and time to figure it out.

    Got the "software modem" working with the "smartlink" drivers (2.7.9) but
    still have not gotten the dvd to play my movies (even after installing
    libdvdcss) :^(

    So here goes , hth...


    # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Fri Jul 18 07:36:18 2003


    color white/blue black/light-gray
    default 0
    gfxmenu (hd0,0)/message
    timeout 8

    title linux 2hdd
    kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 vga=0x317 splash=silent showopts acpi=off apm=on
    initrd (hd0,0)/initrd

    title linux dvd
    kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 vga=0x317 splash=silent showopts hdc=ide-scsi acpi=off apm=on
    initrd (hd0,0)/initrd

    title windows
    hide (hd0,0)
    unhide (hd1,0)
    rootnoverify (hd1,0)
    chainloader (hd1,0)+1
    makeactive

    title floppy
    root (fd0)
    chainloader +1

    title failsafe
    kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz.shipped root=/dev/hda3 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off vga=normal nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 3
    initrd (hd0,0)/initrd.shipped

    title memtest86
    kernel (hd0,0)/memtest.bin




  6. Re: LINUX on ThinkPad UltraBay - pls HELP

    On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 20:42:42 -0400, Robert C wrote:

    >> If you want I can send you a copy of my grub file as it also has entries
    >> for booting with DVD support or dual hard-drive under linux.

    >
    > Hi, Doug thanks ! please send it. I can use any info....
    > I tried all of the suggestions (except ones that require reconfig the windoz
    > HD)....
    > still got similar error message...


    No need to reconfig the windoze drive, if you do what I did.

    >
    >> I thrashed around with this for a week on my thinkpad T23 and finally put
    >> my Linux drive in the standard slot and my windoze drive in the ultrabay
    >> slot and told grub what to do with the windoze drive and all works great !

    >
    > So you just gave up on trying to boot/run LINUX from UltraBay, huh ?
    > I guess I'd have to do the same until I run into some guru at some user
    > group meeting......


    I tend to be lazy when it comes to messing with computers (thats why I use
    Linux, its easier than messing with windoze)so once I got Linux -and-
    windoze running on this I said "fine"...

    > Does your T23, when running Windoz on UltraBay, function all the same
    > as it did on the Primary ?


    Yup, runs just fine (well as well as Win2K could run) still thinks its the
    "C" drive.

    >
    > Can you watch DVD miovie on LINUX now ?

    Nope, not yet, but I haven't put much effort into it.

    > Also let me know your distro.
    >


    SuSE 8.2pro

    >
    > Thanks !
    > Robert
    >


    Remember, Have fun


    Douglas Cole
    Registered Linux user #188922


  7. Re: LINUX on ThinkPad UltraBay - pls HELP

    On Sat, 18 Oct 2003 22:02:24 -0700, Douglas Cole wrote:

    > On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 07:34:40 -0700, Douglas Cole wrote:
    >
    >> On Sat, 11 Oct 2003 14:21:24 -0400, Robert C wrote:
    >>
    >>> Guys, I am stuck here...pls help... i am not very technical with this....
    >>>
    >>> My machine:
    >>> ThinkPad R40 2682 - WinXP Home on NTFS - 1 month old.
    >>> Allows 2nd HD in "UltraBay"
    >>>
    >>> What I did:
    >>> * Got new HD, insert into Primary. Installed SuSE 8.2 Pro on it ---
    >>> (so now LINUX thinks it is on Primary drive)
    >>> * Took LINUX HD out - Put original Windoz HD back
    >>> * Put LINUX HD into UltraBay
    >>> * Configure BIOS boot list - move SM before PM
    >>> * Windoz HD NOT changed in anyway.
    >>>
    >>> Also edited /etc/fstab - changed references of "hda" to "hdc"
    >>>
    >>> GRUB boots up - but failed quickly....
    >>> Last few lines of output:
    >>> .................................................. ..........................
    >>> .....................
    >>> VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem)
    >>> Loading module reiserfs...
    >>> Using /lib/modules/2.4.20-4GB/kernel/fs/reiserfs/reiserfs.o
    >>> sh-2021: reserfs_read_super: can not find reiserfs on ide0(3,2)
    >>> You may wan to retry boot with pci=noacpi or acpi=oldboot on the command
    >>> line
    >>> Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:02
    >>>
    >>> .................................................. ..........................
    >>> .....................
    >>>
    >>> Apparently GRUB still looks to the Primary (ide0 ?) for filesystem, correct
    >>> ?
    >>> What to do now ?


    I forgot to mention that you also need to make sure that you are booting
    from the primary master drive on the ide bus (bios setting) and that that drive is the
    Linux drive, once I did that and made the entries in menu.lst all played
    nicely.



    Douglas Cole
    Registered Linux user #188922




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