[mythtv-users] Dead motherboard

Gareth Glaccum gareth.glaccum at btopenworld.com
Wed Aug 29 15:04:51 UTC 2007

Can't see the start of this thread, but, if your system had the swap on sda<n>, then it is most likely that you are using a SATA disk (or SCSI, but if you were using SCSI you would know about it). This means that basically you have probably not loaded the correct driver for your new SATA controller in your initrd.
Grub is told where /boot is by the BIOS, the kernel however has to relearn how to access the disk when it loads, and it does this by using the modules in the initrd. The best thing to do is to boot the system off of an install disk for your linux, running it in rescue mode. Once you are at a command prompt (read the questions carefully, make the wisest decisions, i.e. networking not important, loading disk drivers is!), run fdisk -l
If you see a disk structure, run lsmod, and look for a module that has sata, or nvidia drivers. 
Once you have the correct driver name, chroot to the root directory of your old disk. Next, run: 
mount -t proc proc /proc
cat /proc/mounts >/etc/mtab
mount -a
if you are on a SUSE based machine, edit the file /etc/sysconfig/kernel to add in the module that you have just found, and run mkinitrd
if you are on a redhat based machine, run mkinitrd with the --with-module=module-name
Next reboot the machine and choose the initrd that you have just created. 
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