USB boot stall [SOLVED]

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USB boot stall [SOLVED]

Postby willy_36 on Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:54 pm

hi,
I did a full install of linux mint 4.0 gnome onto a 8gb flash drive. Everything seems to be working fine except in order to boot I have to go into the bios and turn off my hard drive. If the hard drive is recognized and I try booting into Mint it stalls about a fourth of the way through. Any ideas why I would need to turn off my hard drive to stop it from stalling?

thanks,
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Re: USB boot stall

Postby Husse on Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:24 am

You disable in BIOS? You don't physically disconnect?
If so I'm lost - a modern operating system (actually from win98 and all other of the same age) don't give a damn about such BIOS settings - you should be able to use the disk anyway....
However if it is not recognized (check with gparted) I'm even more lost....
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Re: USB boot stall

Postby willy_36 on Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:48 am

Well get ready to be lost. It doesn't show up in gparted, I've refreshed devices, I've tried fdisk -l, it doesn't show up and when I go into the Bios and turn the hard drive back on, the boot stalls. I haven't seen this with any other distro I've tried fully installing on a flash drive...

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Re: USB boot stall

Postby stevenofnine on Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:46 am

I don't want to take a step back, but you've changed the BIOS so that the computer looks for USB devices first, right?

And yet it still freezes?

Can you turn off quiet boot and see what step the freeze occurs at?
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Re: USB boot stall

Postby willy_36 on Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:58 am

Booting to the USB isn't the problem in fact I am writing this from my usb right now. The boot just stalls if my hard drive is on in the bios. I will tell you what step it freezes at in a bit.

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Re: USB boot stall

Postby willy_36 on Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:23 pm

Here it is... Let me know if you need more info... I am stumped.

sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] 15694175 512 byte hardware sectors (8081) Mg
sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] assuming drive cache: write through
sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] 15694175 512 byte hardware sectors (8081) Mg
sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] assuming drive cache: write through
sdb: sdb1 sdb2 <sdb5>
sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] attached SCSI removable desk
sd 4:0:0:0: Attached SCSI generic sg2 type 0


After that there is nothing, the cursor just blinks and nothing happens... maybe I'm just impatient but I gave it 20 minutes once and it still did nothing.

thanks for any help or suggestions.
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Re: USB boot stall

Postby willy_36 on Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:51 pm

One other thing... I was checking to see how much room I had left on my thumb drive when I noticed something very odd. I had used 5.5 gb but still had 8.6 gb left for a total of 14.6 gb??? my drive is only 8 gb where is all this memory coming from? would this have anything to do with my problem?

thanks,

P.S.
it says I have that much with and without my hard drive physically connected.
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Re: USB boot stall

Postby willy_36 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:27 pm

I figured it out. The grub was trying to boot from sda so I changed it to sdb and that solved it. I just screwed up and accidentally deleted something very important so I guess I'm doing a reinstall. :roll:
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