Ubuntu 10.04 /boot or /dev/sda startup mount problem

After a long gap,I am back to Ubuntu from Fedora and I am really impressed by the pleasing interface ‘Lucid Lynx’ comes up with. 🙂

After installing Windows XP ,I installed Ubuntu 10.04.The installation process was smooth.But the problem I faced when I restarted the system is, at the splash startup screen.It said ,

The disk drive for /boot is not ready yet or not present.

Continue to wait, press S to skip or M for manual recovery.

I waited for a long time and it is of no use.so I skipped the process and edited some file to mount it automatically.

here is what I did,

1.Open your terminal by ctrl+alt+t or Applications –> Accessories –> Terminal

2.use the below command in terminal,

gksudo gedit /etc/fstab

3.A file will open,find /boot line.It will look something like this ,

/dev/sda2 /boot ext4 defaults 0 0

4.Now open another terminal and use the below command ,

ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid

5.Now find the UUID for /dev/sda2 and replace the below line in fstab ,

/dev/sda2 /boot ext4 defaults 0 0


UUID=a647ea33-74ee-4123-84bf-7edc32e2e39b /boot ext4 defaults 0 0

[Replace the UUID number with your number]

6.save the file and restart the system.It will work fine.The same solution can be addressed for /dev/sda mounting problem.



5 Responses to “Ubuntu 10.04 /boot or /dev/sda startup mount problem”

  1. June 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you very much for this. Fixed my problem

  2. 2 Antonio Núñez
    July 29, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Thanks, really helped me!

  3. 3 Tom
    August 13, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for the tip, it also solved my problem.
    Btw, this issue is lengthy discussed here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9714418#post9714418

  4. 4 Helen
    August 16, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Thank you!Fixed my problem.

  5. 5 Trey
    October 23, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Didn’t resolve my problem directly, but pointed me in the right direction. /etc/fstab had an entry for /boot, which was unnecessary. It was pointing at something in /dev/mapper, which I didn’t set. Commenting out that section allowed me to boot with no intervention.


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