[ubuntu-uk] Gutsy install bug

Paul Tansom paul at aptanet.com
Wed Oct 24 13:04:16 BST 2007

OK, before I report this as a bug, which I'm reasonably confident it is,
I'd like to get some more information to go with the report, maybe even
a fix.

The background is that I have installed from the Ubuntu Gutsy alternate
install CD (I've never had a successful install from the live CD, and am
more comfortable with a more traditional install!). Everything went
fine with no errors until the reboot. Following the reboot it stuck on
the Ubuntu image with the progress bar for a while and then dropped out
into a BusyBox shell. The same happens with the rescue boot option from
the Grub menu, but I get a little more information, notably an error

Check root= bootarg cat /proc/cmdline or missing modules, devices: cat
/proc/modules ls /dev
ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid/abdc9bae-8758-4732-b038-ef726beee880 does not
exist. Dropping to a shell!

This makes sense because there appears to be no /dev/disk/by-uuid
directory at all, so I'm guessing that the necessary module to support
the IDE card I have in the machine is not being loaded at boot. I can
see the two DVDRW drives that are on the motherboard IDE interface.

I've tried using 'all_generic_ide', but not had any success. I'm working
on the basis that I need to load the pata_it821x driver that supports
the card the drive is connected to into the ramdisk at boot time.

Does anyone have any good references on doing this? I've not had much
success with Google yet!

Oh, and the reason I'm hanging my HD off of a PCI card is that the
motherboard is restricted to 33MHz on the IDE bus, and more importantly
is restricted to the 137G limit, whereas the drive is a 160G 133MHz bus
drive. I was impressed to start with that the card was recognised by
Ubuntu because I pulled it from a Linux box because of major hassle
getting it working with Debian (the driver hadn't made it into the
kernel at the time), now I'm dual booting the Windows box it was put

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