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Re: Possibly erroneous "device not present" message during boot

On 04/15/2017 12:24 PM, Brian wrote:
On Sat 15 Apr 2017 at 11:52:09 -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:

On 04/15/2017 05:24 AM, Brian wrote:

Now for a big "but". :)

Your previous 'Debian GNU/Linux (8.6) (on /dev/mmcblk0p1)' stanza had

linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-4-686-pae root=/dev/mmcblk0p1

This one has

linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.16.0-4-686-pae root=UUID=e57b2c64-74ec-4184-af71-d807e07f07dd ro quiet

The UUID has changed (I think you said you had done this) but the kernel
now looks for init using the UUID rather than on /dev/mmcblk0p1. How did
you manage to get something significantly different?

During the first install of Debian to the SD card I allowed the installer to
create a single partition filling the whole card. The primary purpose of
that install was a brute force determination of whether or not my individual
machine could read/write an SD card. The machine was a replacement for a
different used machine purchased from the vendor. My accepting the SD card
was dependent on that test.

I had reinstalled Debian to a more reasonably sized partition. That would
explain a changed UUID. During the reinstall I experimented with installing
grub to the MBR of the SD card. No grub was installed the first time.

The UUID change is understandable. But hey - you've altered the ground
rules! Now, it seems, you are exploring booting from the card itself
rather than from GRUB on a hard disk.

I considered a safe test as the BIOS does not list it as a possible boot device. Among other goodies I've ordered an USB SD card reader. We'll know more in ~1 week.

And, more to the point, is there booting from the card without any error

Did you overlook this question? You have said your machine does not
offer booting from an SD card. Your answer will be interesting.

Thought I'd answered it elsewhere.
It's on the menu that exists due to the grub on MBR of /dev/sda .
There is an fschk error of some sort that flies by too fast.
Otherwise, runs from SD card.