[Grml] booting from external disk

Michael Prokop mika at grml.org
Thu Mar 22 11:38:56 CET 2007

* August C. Quint <augustq at gmx.net> [20070321 16:15]:

[grml on external usb device]

> What I did: I downloaded the grml.iso-file via grml.gwendoline.at, burned a Cd 
> and started the notebook: works, fine. I added my external hard-disk via USB 
> ( I removed the internal hard-disk for safety, I want to keep the installed 
> XP) and installed the software via grml2hd: works, fine.


> For a test I stopped the machine, removed the CD and started it again. In the 
> BIOS I've checked 'boot from USB-device' already and voila: it worked.


> The next day I wanted to do this again: problems. So please allow me to 
> describe my problems.

> problem #1: the inital screen comes up with the 3 choices. By doing nothing 
> the choice 'grml' was started. Next was a scrren with the text: loading 
> 2.6.18-grml, followed by approx. 180 dots (takes 10 minutes or so). What's 
> this?

Loading of the kernel and initrd - takes a while on external devices
with lilo. Maybe using Grub instead is worth a try.

> At the end of this a message was displayed: BIOS data check succesfull (or 
> something similar).

> Now we come to the booting-process. This works, a lot of lines are running on 
> the screen. But we come to
> problem #2: a message appears:
> usb 2-2: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
> This will be repeated multiple times, some other messages are appearing and 
> these messages appear over and over again. One of the messages between is:
> SCSI-error, return-code = 0x00050000

> What's this?

Sorry no idea yet. Can you please provide me a screenshot of the
booting process where it hangs? (Please put the screenshot on a
webserver and don't send it directly to the mailinglist, either use
a public image service if you don't have webspace on your own or
please mail it to me off-the-list.)

Oh, and you might want to try to use root=UUID=... instead of
root=/dev/sd[a-z]... so you can make sure your system uses the
correct device for booting.

 http://grml.org/            # Linux for texttool-users and sysadmins
 http://wiki.grml.org/       # share your knowledge
 http://grml.supersized.org/ # the grml development weblog
 #grml @ irc.freenode.org    # meet us on irc
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://ml.grml.org/pipermail/grml/attachments/20070322/8721bfd7/attachment-0004.pgp>

More information about the Grml mailing list