Install & Boot (/bin/sh: can't access tty) [ Solution ]

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Install & Boot (/bin/sh: can't access tty) [ Solution ]

Postby shadowmint » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:10 am

Three issues that have been annoying me like nothing else, I write to help anyone else who encounters them.

Issue 1: When you try to install linux mint do you get the message: /bin/sh: can't access tty

Choose the normal boot but add the option "break=top" to the end of the normal boot string (ro quiet splash -> ro quiet splash break=top).

This will dump you at a terminal prompt where it is possible to manually load the device drivers for your cd / dvd drive. At the prompt type:

modprobe piix

Your CD should boot if the modprobe command is successful.

Issue 2: Manual partitioning stalls during reading disk.

Remove any devices connected to the system that might be causing a problem. That probably doens't help much but I thought I'd put it out there; when my usb drive is plugged in the installer crashes religiously, when its not, the installer works fine.

Issue 3: After installing the system does not boot, giving a message like: ata2.00: Exception... failed...

The issue here is possibly related to the new ata driver under which all hard disks are considered to be SCSI devices, even IDE ones. Try changing your boot string from root=/dev/hda1 to root=/dev/sda1.

You will especially encounter this problem if you manually assign partitions, and as a result fstab will have to be updated as well. Edit /boot/menu.1st and /etc/fstab to fix the instances of hdaX to sdaX.

Hope that saves someone the annoyance I've had this evening!

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Postby Husse » Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:44 am

Welcome to Mint shadowmint
Excellent guide
One thing though - you've written menu.1st with a one not an l must be menu.lst
This is the kind of hassle you can get into when you install an OS be it Windows or Linux (I could give you some sad stories about installing Windows)
Don't fix it if it ain't broken, don't break it if you can't fix it

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