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Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:

However, I would have to add that I am amazed that you have not noticed
in your reading about grub
that you normally need an initrd as well as a kernel to start a Linux system.

I think it is only absolutely required if the device drivers needed to access the root filesystem must be loaded as modules.

From the kernel name, it looks like he is using a Fedora kernel, and not one he compiled himself. So he is going to need an initrd. The drivers he needs are not going to be compiled in.

Grub only briefly covers using an initrd in the OS specific section covering Linux. This is understandable, because it is a general purpose boot loader. You are expected to go to the kernel documentation to find out when/why you need an initrd.

I thought ide drivers were normally included in the kernel - maybe that has changed. In any case, the boot should proceed to load the kernel and fail at the point where it needs to mount the root partition. It doesn't sound like it is getting that far.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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