The box in question doesn't boot Linux atm, so getting info is
difficult, so I'll try the easy option first. If needs, I can connect a
serial cable and something else. For them moment I will describe
messages rather than quote them
It was running F8 quite well, and then I enabled development and ran
echo yum -y upgrade | at midnight
When that had finished, seamonkey crashed and I decided on the balance
of things, a reboot was in order.
As supplied, it had 80 Gbytes disk and no DVD; I've added a DVD burner
and replaced the original drive with 320 Gbytes and added 512 Gbytes.
It displays the usual boot messages and finishes with something like
"the boot has failed" pretty much straight after "switch_root: no such
The other messages on-screen don't suggest to me that it's found either
the 320 Gbyte drive (where Fedora lives) or the 500 Gbyte drive,
although the DVD burner is clearly in evidence. It certainly complains
about its inability to find the volume group.
To make things very much worse, yum has misplaced my previous working
kernel. I expect that if I could boot that, all would be moderately well.
I do have a xen configuration (that was the whole point of the box and
of F8), but that fails even more quickly.
Things I have tried:
1. Google. Google has heard of some of the symptoms wrt other releases
and distros. It was those hits that made me look to see what the kernel
said about my disks, I wondered whether it had reordered them.
2. The incoming email from this list, which I'd not read recently.
Nothing seems pertinent.
3. Every kernel in my grub list. However, no useful overrides come to
mind. "init=/bin/bash" doesn't help.
4. Finding a rawhide rescue CD. I don't think it would work, but it
might be useful to know.
5. Booting an F8 rescue CD. I forgot the pci=nomsi,nommconf trick (which
also works for Knoppix 5.1 on the same hardware), but it didn't stop
there, when last I looked it was taking ages running /sbin/loader.
Does anyone recognise the problem, and importantly, does anyone have a
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