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#1 2013-08-02 03:15:02

Walter White
Registered: 2013-07-28
Posts: 2

Arch fails to boot after installation (BIOS mode)

I finished my Arch installation, following the Beginner's Guide, and once I unmounted the partitions and rebooted, GRUB failed to boot into Arch. I'm not exactly sure what the problem is though. Basically what happens is I power on the machine, the Dell splash screen comes up, GRUB loads, I choose

Arch Linux, with Linux core repo kernel

the kernel and ramdisk attempt to load, then some message about "recovering journal" appears, and then I return back to the Dell splash screen. The same thing happens even if I choose the second option

Arch Linux, with Linux core repo kernel (Fallback initramfs)

However, when I choose to boot Win XP everything boots just fine. My apologies for the quality of the videos and pictures.

Here's a video of what happens:

I suspect this has to do with this error I got when I generated the "grub.cfg". Although I'm not entirely sure because my understanding is that this error would affect booting Win XP which in fact boots perfectly fine. 

Error (and no I'm not using any lvm volumes)

I believe these are the portions of the "grub.cfg" that load Arch and Win XP. I got these by pressing "e" while on their menu entry in the GRUB bootloader.

Arch (I had to scroll down to see the rest, hence two pictures)

Win XP

Any idea how I can fix this? Any help is greatly appreciated and please be patient, I know, I'm a noob.

* I'm not sure if this is of any significance but I had a problem very similar to this when trying to get the Arch install to boot via usb (this computer doesn't have CD/DVD drive). I solved it by following this excerpt from the Beginner's Guide.

Troubleshooting boot problems
If you are using an Intel video chipset and the screen goes blank during the boot process, the problem is likely an issue with Kernel Mode Setting. A possible workaround may be achieved by rebooting and pressing


over the entry that you are trying to boot (i686 or x86_64). At the end of the string type


and press


Here's a video of what it looked like:

The computer specs:

OS: Windows XP Professional 32 bit Version 2002 Service Pack 3
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.00 GHz
HDD: 80 GB


#2 2013-08-02 18:42:42

From: Weert, Netherlands
Registered: 2013-01-01
Posts: 334

Re: Arch fails to boot after installation (BIOS mode)


why did you not try adding nomodeset with the regular boot? During the net-install no video drivers will be installed;
you have to install them after reboot after installing xorg. The (video)problem you had with booting from usb is still


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