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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:21 pm    Post subject: SATA and VFS error (confused) [solved] Reply with quote

Ok, im setting up my friend gentoo via SSH, and I have run into a VFS error (when booting from the system). The error that he gets is:

Code:

VFS Cannot open root device "sda3" or unknown-block(0,0)


I have checked, double checked, and tripple checked grub.conf, the kernel config, and I cant find anything wrong. I have had him open up grub on boot (by hitting "c" at the grub screen) and I have asked him to do this:

Code:

root (hd0)
(works, returns ext2)
setup (hd0,0)
(works, returns what it usually says when it sees everything it wants)


Here is his grub.conf:
Code:

default 0
timeout 30
splashimage=(hd0,0)/boot/grub/splash.xmp.gz

title=Gentoo Linux B****
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/bzImage root=/dev/sda4

title=Windows XP
rootnoverify (sd0,2)
makeactive
chainloader +1



His SATA drive comes on as /dev/sda on the LiveCD. I have followed all the relevent post about VFS errors and setting up SATA, but am stuck to figure out where my problme is. I need some smarter peoples input.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swooshOnLn,

Two things
Code:
unknown-block(0,0)
means the low level driver (SATA chip set) or high level driver (SCSI Disk Driver) is missing from the kernel.
Modules may not be used.

Code:
rootnoverify (sd0,2)
is incorrect. Grub has no knowledge of the type of interface any hard drive uses. they are all (hd...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not have SATA compiled as modules. I have them configured as build in.

And I realize that about the sd hd thing now, however I havent changed it yet because im not trying to boot into windows and am not even using that section.

Code:

livecd / # cat /usr/src/linux/.config | grep 'CONFIG_SCSI'
CONFIG_SCSI=y
# CONFIG_SCSI_PROC_FS is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_MULTI_LUN is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_CONSTANTS is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_LOGGING is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SPI_ATTRS is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_FC_ATTRS is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_ISCSI_ATTRS is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SAS_ATTRS is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_3W_9XXX is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_ACARD is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_AACRAID is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_AIC7XXX is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_AIC7XXX_OLD is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_AIC79XX is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_DPT_I2O is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_ADVANSYS is not set
CONFIG_SCSI_SATA=y
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_AHCI is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_SVW is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_ATA_PIIX is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_MV is not set
CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_NV=y
# CONFIG_SCSI_PDC_ADMA is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_HPTIOP is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_QSTOR is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_PROMISE is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_SX4 is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_SIL is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_SIL24 is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_SIS is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_ULI is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_VIA is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_VITESSE is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_BUSLOGIC is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_DMX3191D is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_EATA is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_FUTURE_DOMAIN is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_GDTH is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_IPS is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_INITIO is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_INIA100 is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_PPA is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_IMM is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_SYM53C8XX_2 is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_IPR is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_QLOGIC_1280 is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_QLA_FC is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_LPFC is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_DC395x is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_DC390T is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_NSP32 is not set
# CONFIG_SCSI_DEBUG is not set

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

from lspci:
Code:

01:0d.0 Mass storage controller: Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3112 [SATALink/SATARaid] Serial ATA Controller (rev 02)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

swooshOnLn,

It not
Code:
CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_NV=y
you need, you have a SIL 3112 SATA chpset, so you want some of
Code:
# CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_SIL is not set
Redo your kernel.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

got it! thanks!
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