[Mageia-discuss] System won't boot after hardware upgrade

JA Magallon jamagallon at ono.com
Fri Sep 23 00:00:38 CEST 2011

On Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:21:19 +0530
xi <ctrl.alt.sup at free.fr> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have changed my motherboard and Mageia now refuses to boot (kernel 
> panic after trying to mount /dev/sda1 : "waiting for device sda1 to 
> appear (timeout 1 min), ...").
> I think I know the reason of my problem : the initrd does not load the 
> correct driver for my "new" IDE controller, so it can't mount my disk 
> (driver for old motherboard is pata_amd and new driver is pata_via).

Can you post your mobo model ?

> I tried to play with mageia rescue CD, but I am unable to regenerate the 
> initrd with the correct IDE driver (in fact, the rescue CD doesn't even 
> contain the mkinitrd command).
> My question is : how can I solve my problem, given that I have only one 
> rescue CD and my HD containing mageia that don't boot anymore ?
> A long time ago in the perfect world of Mandrake (:P), all IDE 
> controller were included _inside_ the kernel and _not_ compiled as 
> modules*, so this problem never occured because all IDE drivers were 
> always "loaded" (thus allowing my system to be booted on any computer).
> Now that the ide/sata drivers as compiled as modules, why don't the 
> initrd try to load all the ATA drivers if mounting of "/" fails ?
> (from my point of view, it is a much better solution than failing with a 
> kernel panic ...)
> Thanks for your help,
> Xavier
> *this is _my_ interpretation, I may be wrong.

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