Problem with booting from Compact Flash

Joerg Schoppet joerg at
Thu Aug 23 09:37:13 BST 2007

Joerg Schoppet wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a soekris net5501 (
> embedded system. The only mass storage is a 8 GB CF card which
> registers itself as PRIMARY SLAVE on the IDE-port (AMD Geode 500 LX
> with CS5536).
> The PXE-installation with 7.04 went well:
> hdb1 - root-filesystem
> hdb5 - swap
> When I reboot the system GRUB cames up and I can choose, what kernel
> to start. But when the booting-process comes to the part where the
> root-filesystem is mounted, it hange for a longer time and then I get
> the error:
> ALERT! /dev/hdb1 does not exist. Dropping to a shell!
> And a BusyBox-shell is opened.
> If I start a rescue-system from PXE, it detects correctly the card.
> So I think, during installation and rescue, the system loads a special
> module, which recognizes the CF-card correctly, but this module is not
> active during the "normal" boot-process.
> How can make the installer to create a correct initramfs?
> By the way: An actual debian stable works out of the box.
> Thanks in advance
> Joerg Schoppet

here some additional tests:
Gutsy: not working
Dapper: *WORKING*


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