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Problem Booting openSuSE 10.2

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Problem Booting openSuSE 10.2

Hi there --

I am trying to boot one of systems running openSuSE 10.2, but the following error message appears on the console during the boot process:

waiting for device /dev/sda3 to appear.....not found --exiting to /bin/sh
no job control in this shell

Additionally there is no response to any input that is entered at the keyboard.

I booted the system in question using a live distro dvd, and verified via fdisk and cfdisk that all partitions were present. There are three partitions, and they are the following:

/dev/sda1 /boot
/dev/sda2 /swap
/dev/sda3 /

The bootable flag is set to the /dev/sda1, or /boot partition. Does anyone have any ideas as to what is causing this, and how it can be fixed? Thanks.
A Journey In The Quest Of Knowledge
Exalted Contributor

Re: Problem Booting openSuSE 10.2


The data or the configuration of /boot/ is corrupt or mis-configured

Confirm the boot configuration points to a valid Kernel.

Consider trying to boot off a previous version of the Kernel.

Steven E Protter
Owner of ISN Corporation
Honored Contributor

Re: Problem Booting openSuSE 10.2

You could also try booting from a rescue CD/DVD and then running "fsck /dev/sda3" before attempting to mount it.

If this suceeds take a look at the "/etc/grub.conf" and "/etc/fstab" to ensure that all the settings are correct.
Valued Contributor

Re: Problem Booting openSuSE 10.2

Did you casually update your kernel AND are using custom compiled module for storage controller?.

Also is a good practice to mount by LABEL if you don't use LVM.