[CentOS] Re: booting usb stick

Jerry Geis geisj at pagestation.com
Mon Jun 16 17:08:55 UTC 2008

> Hi,
> On Mon, 2008-06-16 at 10:38 -0400, Jerry Geis wrote:
> >/ Hi all,
> />/ 
> />/ I have been trying to get a usb stick 8G to boot centos.
> />/ I am as far a it boots and hangs at "Switching to new root".
> />/ 
> />/ I take the same USB stick and put it another PC and it boots fine.
> />/ 
> />/ What might I look for as to why the machine hangs at switching to new root?
> />/ 
> />/ Of course the machines are different. The one that does not boot is an 
> />/ ebox 2300sx and
> />/ the one that does boot is an amd 4800+ with all disks unplugged except 
> />/ the USB stick.
> />/ 
> />/ I am sooooo close.
> /Looks like the ebox 2300sx has a Vortex86sx chip, which is i486
> compatible, not i686 like a default CentOS install/live. You might have
> to compile a new kernel for i486 architecture or use a different distro
> which is directly i486 compatible.
> 	Regards,
> 	Michel
> p.s. getting this to work on a 2300sx might be a challenge :) But CentOS
> doesn't support the i486. So you're on your own ;)
I found a howto for the 2300sx, I have used their config for kernel 
2.6.18, applied their patch.
This is all good. I boot now and I get all the way to "Switching to new 
root" and then it just stops.

It gets past "Red Hat nash starting"

What might it looking for here that it is stopping?
What might be something I can try?

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