Booting problem

Keith Powell keith at
Mon Oct 6 13:46:35 UTC 2008

Mark Haney wrote:
> Keith Powell wrote:
>> My set-up here is two internal hard drives. One has XP on it and the 
>> other Ubuntu  8.04.1. Each installation is entirely separate. While the 
>> BIOS is booting, I select which hard drive to use.
>> This has been working perfectly until a couple of days ago. Now I am 
>> having a big problem!
>> With only the Ubuntu hard drive plugged in, it boots correctly.
>> However, with both hard drives plugged in, Ubuntu starts booting and 
>> then stops with the error message:
>> BusyBox v1.1.3 (Debian 1:1.1.3-5ubuntu12) Built-in shell (ash)
>> Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands
>> (initramfs)_
> It looks like initrd is doing something stupid.  Possibly with the way 
> the drives are now being discovered or mapped.
> Can you try using a previous kernel with both drives plugged in?  It 
> almost sounds like a kernel upgrade has included an initrd (as shown by 
> the 'initramfs_' line) that is funky with your system.
> That's about the only option I can give you without cracking open the 
> initrd image on that kernel.

Thank you for your help, Mark.

As I have said to Karl, things work properly with Ubuntu on a different 
hard drive - even with the new kernel.

I'll do as you suggest; put the original Ubuntu drive back and see what 
happens when I use the older kernel.



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