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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
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Kenrnel hda to sda


Kernel 2.6.16 was installed early on but the machine would not boot. It sat at some stage in the boot process while it seemed to be trying to access the disk. The problem seems to have been that the hard disk that was recognised under the 2.6.8 kernel as IDE (/dev/hda5) was now SCSI (/dev/sda5). So I edited /boot/grub/menu.lst assuming that newer kernels will have the same behaviour, and the default 2.6.8 will have the old:

  # kopt=root=/dev/sda5 ro
  # kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hda5 ro

Consequently, also had to update /etc/fstab, replacing the hda's with sda's.

Unfortunately I then lost the CD/DVD driver!


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