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    Default No Boot after install "Gave up waiting for root device" - BT4

    I'm having trouble booting BT4 for the first time on a multi-boot system. Receiving this error during boot:
    Gave up waiting for root device. Common problems:
    - Boot args (cat /proc/cmdline)
    - Check rootdelay= (did the system wait long enough?)
    - Check root= (di the systwem wait for the right device?)
    - Missing modules (cat /proc/modules; ls /dev)
    ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid/a76c7835-eb6f-459f-a891-496f16bc00eb does not exist. Dropping to a shell!

    BusyBox v.1.10.2 (Ubuntu 1:1.10.2-lubuntu7) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

    BT4 is installed to a logical partition on an extended partition of the drive. Here is the partition info:

    /dev/sda1 ntfs winxp (working)
    /dev/sda3/ extended
    /dev/sda5 ext2 /boot (for Ubuntu 9.10 on sda6)
    /dev/sda6 ext4 / (Ubuntu 9.10, also working)
    /dev/sda8 ext3 / (for bt4 install)
    unallocated free space for later
    /dev/sda7 swap
    /dev/sda2 ext3 /home

    I've tried installing to sda8 by using the "" script and also by following the directions here:

    How to install BackTrack 3 or 4 to hard drive along with Windows XP, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSuse on Lenovo Thinkpad X60 | HydTech

    Also, I've played around with changing the rootdelay= and other parameters in the GRUB menu with no luck. I've also unplugged all USB devices (just a mini reciever for a mouse) and turning off the wireless and bluetooth.

    I am able to enter commands in busybox at the initframfs prompt but unsure of what I need to do here to get a working system. Have been digging thru the forums with no luck yet. Any help, advice or direction would be greatly appreciated! thx.
    Last edited by guitonoklops9; 07-17-2010 at 03:14 AM.

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