cannot mount ext3 file system on scsi1

Asked by Joe Shook on 2009-01-31

In trying to install Ubuntu (8.04 or 8.10 or even Linux Mint or DreamLinux 3.5), the install stops with the error msg:
"The attempt to mount a file system with type ext3 in SCSI1 (0.0.0), partition #1 (sda) at / failed."

First of all, I'm suspicious of why it sees my ST380215A ATA hard drive (ide) as a scsi, when it clearly is an ide drive?

Also, from one of the Ubuntu Forums, I tried editting the COMMIT file as suggested by adding update-dev, but this did not resolve the issue. As long as it is seeing a scsi drive, it cannot correctly operate/partition/verify an ide drive.

The drive is 80 gigs, and brand new! I've tried 4 new, different drives and 3 known good cables, BIOS is also correct and this is a known working desktop computer! I've selected the "Use entire disk" option in the partitioning phase and have also Manually partitioned with the same results,

Thanks!

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Arseny Kravchenko (arseny92) said : #1

Boot the livecd to the live session. Post here the output of:

sudo fdisk -l

Note that the "-l" is a lowercase "L", not an uppercase "i" or one.

Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #2

The results of "sudo fdisk -l" are:

     Unable to seek on /dev/sda

A run of Knoppix LiveCD shows the dev hda, so I have trouble figuring out why other Linux distros show the drive as sda....it is recognized as a ST380215A ATA 80 gigabyte hard drive, though.

Thanks for your help!

Joe Shook

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Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009, 3:51 PM

Your question #59369 on Ubuntu changed:
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    Status: Open => Needs information

Arseny Kravchenko requested for more information:
Boot the livecd to the live session. Post here the output of:

sudo fdisk -l

Note that the "-l" is a lowercase "L", not an uppercase "i" or one.

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Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #3

I also made a Live Gparted CD, from which I was able to see the hard drive as an IDE device (hda)!

I also was able to effectively partition an 8 gigabyte / partition and a 1 gig swap.

Now what do I do?

Lil'Joe

Tom (tom6) said : #4

Now put the Ubuntu Cd in and install it to the partitions you just made

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation

When you get to the partitioning stage choose "Manual Partitioning" rather than "Guided" or automatic or anything like that. Should be fairly straight-forwards from there.

Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #5

Thanks, Tom!

But, as long the system/Installer are looking at the drive as a SCSI device, it won't go beyond the Partitioning.

After step 7 of the Install script is completed, a dialog box appears which says "Installing System". The bar fills to 15% and pauses before opening another dialog box which says "Partitions Formatting" and that holds at 5% for approximately 2 minutes. The lower section of the box says, "Creating ext3 file system for / in partition #1 on SCSI1 (0.0.0)...then another dialog box overlaps this one, asking,

"Do you want to resume partitioning?
     The attempt to mount a file system with type
     ext3 in SCSI1(0.0.0) partition #1 (sda) at / failed.

You may resume partitioning from the partitioning menu.

Two choices are offered: Go Back or Continue (either of which ends up at the Partitioning selection page.)

I initially thought the BIOS was messed up, but I can take a CDENABLE floppy (courtesy of Dell) and boot the computer and run fdisk, reformat the hard drive and see it as an IDE device, until I launch the Ubuntu LiveCd and it sees HDD and the CDROM as both SCSI devices, which is not a workable condition for the other software to operate on.

Any other suggestions?

Lil'Joe

Tom (tom6) said : #6

If you are still having trouble with this then please post it as a new question. Only the most recent questions tend to get looked at so posting/reposting a question just before america arrives online gives the best chance of getting a good few answers.

If the problem has been resolved then please follow the link to the forum thread and mark it as Solved.

Good luck and many regards from
Tom :)

Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #7

Thanks, Tom!

I was wondering why interest had dwindled.

Lil'Joe

--- On Sat, 2/7/09, Tom <email address hidden> wrote:

From: Tom <email address hidden>
Subject: Re: [Question #59369]: cannot mount ext3 file system on scsi1
To: <email address hidden>
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2009, 10:28 AM

Your question #59369 on util-linux in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/util-linux/+question/59369

    Status: Open => Answered

Tom proposed the following answer:
If you are still having trouble with this then please post it as a new
question.  Only the most recent questions tend to get looked at so
posting/reposting a question just before america arrives online gives
the best chance of getting a good few answers.

If the problem has been resolved then please follow the link to the
forum thread and mark it as Solved.

Good luck and many regards from
Tom :)

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #8

This question was expired because it remained in the 'Open' state without activity for the last 15 days.

Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #9

After building a system with similar MOBO, CD-ROM, PS, FDD, NIC, etc., but using the same ST380215A hard disk, I was able to get Ubuntu 8.04 to install! It took 5 hours though and I doubt if that is supposed to be normal! Actually, I mixed and matched components 6 different times until it finally went through with accepting the fact the installer and partitioner is recognizing this IDE drive as a SCSI device! Therein is the problem, but no one wishes to help resolve it. I'm sure it's a software issue!

HELP!

Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #10

All of the components I have and were used, MOBOs in particular, though purchased in South Korea, are standard system components and work with many other LiveCD distros! I don't think it should be necessary to randomly install different components until a Distribution works on it....that should be for the developer to determine before releasing their "stable" version!

Tom (tom6) said : #11

It souldn't have taken 5hours, i'm not sure why it did. I think with your cpu speed and ram size and speed it should have taken about an hour or 2 at the most.

Most of the larger distros aimed at Windows converts are simplifying how they refer to internal drives and keeping the 'techie' stuff down to a minimum, at least for this issue. Linux has a reputation for being too 'geeky' for most people to understand and expecting them to understand the differences between ide and scsi and sata drives and to know which their machine has is one thing that reinforced that view. Please look up Bug #1. Sorry for all the confusion and difficulty that has caused you.

Thanks, good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #12

Tom,

I appreciate the humor in Bug#1 responses, yet that does not resolve my current issue.

If anything would make me feel better though, it would be to see Bill Gates go to jail for basically "stealing" CP/M from Gary Kildall and Digital Research, and have Microsoft be forced to eliminate all of the errors in their Operating Systems before marketing any new one! The entire growth of Microsoft has been founded on deception and dishonesty and has led to an attitude of "if we can get away with it as it is, leave it for someone else to worry about!" This is the sad shape our world is in today, with even one of our Presidents having sex with an employee and then lying about it to the entire world on TV! Who can we trust?

Lil'Joe

--- On Fri, 2/27/09, Tom <email address hidden> wrote:

From: Tom <email address hidden>
Subject: Re: [Question #59369]: cannot mount ext3 file system on scsi1
To: <email address hidden>
Date: Friday, February 27, 2009, 5:28 PM

Your question #59369 on util-linux in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/util-linux/+question/59369

    Status: Open => Answered

Tom proposed the following answer:
It souldn't have taken 5hours, i'm not sure why it did.  I think with
your cpu speed and ram size and speed it should have taken about an hour
or 2 at the most.

Most of the larger distros aimed at Windows converts are simplifying how
they refer to internal drives and keeping the 'techie' stuff down to a
minimum, at least for this issue.  Linux has a reputation for being too
'geeky' for most people to understand and expecting them to understand
the differences between ide and scsi and sata drives and to know which
their machine has is one thing that reinforced that view.  Please look
up Bug #1.  Sorry for all the confusion and difficulty that has caused
you.

Thanks, good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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Tom (tom6) said : #13

I really think it would help a lot if you could post this as a new question
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/util-linux/+addquestion

Alternatively follow the links to the website and post from there. This forum thread is really long, unclear and quite old now. the current problem needs to be seen by new people at the front desk so if you could post a brief description of the problem then maybe someone could help

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Joe Shook (liljoentx) said : #14

Please refer to Question #63217!

Lil'Joe

Tom (tom6) said : #15

Ahh greaat, thanks :)

dougj (doug+ub) said : #16

I also was stuck on the "Creating ext3 file system for / in partition #1 on SCSI1 (0.0.0)" error for a long time. The answer is to use the separate partition editor to create new partitions, then do the installation and use those existing partitions. I finally installed Ubuntu 9.04 this way on an old formerly-XP computer. Yes, the screen says I have SCSI drives when I reallly have IDE drives, but that was explained as a labeling or streamlining issue, not a bug.

See also
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=580437
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=2718455#post2718455

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