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I've been thinking about it for a while, and I decided that it was finally time to try to install Arch Linux. But I've got a problem. Once I choose ...
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    Need help installing Arch


    I've been thinking about it for a while, and I decided that it was finally time to try to install Arch Linux. But I've got a problem. Once I choose to boot Arch to install it, the usual white text starts flying up the screen. But then this message pops up:

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    Waiting 30 seconds for device /dev/disk/by-label/ARCH_201005 . . .
    Then 9 more lines of text, and then this message:

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    ERROR: boot device didn't show up after 30 seconds. . .
    Falling back to interactive prompt
    You can try to fix the problem manually, log out when you are finished
    /bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
    Then it leaves me with this prompt:
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    [ramfs /]#

    I've heard that this place is a good place to go to for help with things pertaining Linux, so here I am, humbly asking for your help.

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    Suggest you check installation media checksum value vs download website. You may also find an older Arch CD works (you can get these from the mirrors). Because Arch is a rolling release it does not matter that you use an old CD to install ... after a pacman -Syu everything will be up to date.

    Ed: it may also be worth you looking at the instructions here see info for 2009.08 if grub does not load.
    Last edited by Jonathan183; 03-06-2011 at 12:38 AM.

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    Similar problem and possible solution in this thread.

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