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Re: [alpine-devel] Can't boot from USB stick

From: Eric Duncan <eduncan911_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:13:46 -0400

Thank you. Yes, I followed the manual to the letter.

I ended up using another USB stick that worked fine on the first go. It
must have been a bad stick as I have had other odd issues with it since (so
i trashed it / no warranty).

I'm up on alpine now but didn't realize the manual process of configuring
for a router (so used to DD-WRT and normal router web UIs). I did get the
web GUI up and all the normal packages installed and showing up on the
web. Just need to set aside another afternoon to work on it again as I
haven't setup a *nux router or route tables since the mid 90s and need to
rack my brain.

Thanks for reading!
-E
On Sep 27, 2013 11:05 AM, "HL" <freemail.grharry_at_gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey there,
>
> Format your usb stick
> Read "Format USB stick"
> read the MANUAL SECTION
>
>
> Just do what the "Format USB stick" + "manual section" says nothing more
> nothing less !!
>
> just "cut" and paste the commands, that is assuming that your usb stick is
> /dev/sda ( dmesg will show U )
>
> remember to
> "
> Verify that the primary partition is bootable
> p Print list of partitions
> If there is no '*' next to the first partition, follow the next steps:
> a Make the partition bootable (set boot flag)
> 1 Partition number 1
> "
> That's it ...
> - Harry
>
>
> On 22/09/2013 09:29 μμ, Eric Duncan wrote:
>
> (sorry for the double post - gmail shortcut keys sent the incomplete
> previous one)
>
> Hello: I am attempting to run AlpineLinux 2.5.0 for the first time. My
> only means of an HDD install is via a USB stick to boot from (and then run
> the installer scripts afterwards). It is an 8 GB stick, if that matters.
> I've attempted to create the USB boot device via multiple means in the
> wiki. The only successful one for me was the Universal USB Installer
> method from Windows.
>
> I constantly get the error "Mounting boot media failed" when booting off
> of the USB stick. I've attempted to follow the steps outlined in the
> "Troubleshooting" part:
>
> http://wiki.alpinelinux.org/wiki/Create_a_Bootable_USB#Wrong_Device_Name
>
> / # cat /proc/partitions
> major minor #blocks name
>
> /#
>
> ^- shows nothing when the HDDs are disconnected.
>
> The following screen always shows:
>
> SYSLINUX 4.06 EDD
> boot:
> [ 0.000000] tsc: Fast TSC calibration failed
> Alpine Init 2.5.0-r0
> Mounting boot media failed.
> initramfs emergency recovery shell launched. Type 'exit...
> sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
> / #
>
> System setup:
>
> Intel S3200SHC Server board
> Intel Core 2 Q9450
> 8GB ECC DDR2 ram
> 2x WD 146GB VelocityRaptors (attempting RAID1 in LSI mode for the Intel
> RST)
> 8GB USB stick (to install from)
>
> I've attempted all sorts of configurations in the BIOS. From
> enabled/disabling ECC, changing from RAID to AHCI to ATA modes, forcing
> emulation of the USB Disk (my USB stick) as cdrom and harddrive emulations,
> physically disconnected the HDDs, etc.
>
> Here's the odd things:
>
> 1) When configured for RAID1, and connecting the HDDs, two do show up:
>
> / # cat /proc/partitions
> major minor #blocks name
> 8 0 146523384 sda
> 8 16 146523384 sdb
>
> Even odder, if constantly run "cat /proc/partitions", it always shows
> just those two drives. But, if I start changing directories and looking
> around, and later run "cat /proc/partitions", then then shows up:
>
> / # cat /proc/partitions
> major minor #blocks name
> 8 0 146523384 sda
> 8 16 146523384 sdb
> 8 32 8017920 sdc
>
> Could this be a timing issue? Taking several minutes until the USB
> stick shows up?
>
> Digging deeper, it is indeed identified as "/dev/usbdisk" as well as
> "/dev/usba1", both as links to "/dev/sdc".
>
> I've modified the syslinux.cfg multiple times for "sda", "sdb", "sdc".
> I've inserted time outs of up to 60 seconds, etc. Again, while RAID/AHCI
> enabled/disabled, disconnected, etc. Nothing gets me past this screen.
>
> I am going to try to find an old 4 GB USB stick. But I am at a lost
> here. Any help is appreciated.
>
> -Eric
>
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