[Server-devel] 1TB drive of quality open content on XO/XS--won't boot

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Mon May 13 01:11:49 EDT 2013

Oh, that's a pity, I was hoping to fix the problem.

On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 12:28:40AM -0400, Holt wrote:
> Braddock will also try to convert his 1TB NTFS drive(s) to ext3 as a
> workaround.  Thanks so much James.
> On 5/12/2013 6:40 PM, James Cameron wrote:
> >On Sat, May 11, 2013 at 03:44:18PM -0400, Holt wrote:
> >>Is there a way to boot a large USB hard drive attached to an XO?
> >>At our XS Community Sprint this week outside Toronto, we've been
> >>unable to boot XOs with the 700+ GB drive(s) containing very
> >>polished open content provided by http://internet-in-a-box.org
> >>The XOs (eg. XO-4 etc) refuse to auto-boot, leaving the screen at
> >>the OK prompt.
> >>
> >>FYI our 1TB disk is a nearly complete snapshot of:
> >>* Wikipedia-in-41-languages, thumbnails for most all images
> >>* OpenStreetMap for the whole world cached at all zoom levels for
> >>fast display
> >>* Gutenberg Prjct's full collection of 40,000+ books, images
> >>* Khan Academy's ~4000 video classes, etc
> >>
> >>Does firmware currently block the mounting of all large USB drives
> >>-- NTFS in this case if not other filesystems?
> >Open Firmware tries the first partition that is marked bootable.
> >
> >Exactly what it does next depends on the firmware version, but clearly
> >in your case it stops booting.
> >
> >>Might there be a workaround so isolated XO servers in Haiti (etc!)
> >>can hopefully auto-boot with this quality free content?
> >Turn off the bootable flag using a partitioning program, ensure you
> >are using latest firmware Q7B30, and attach a serial console for
> >further debugging.
> >
> >If you can tell me how to reproduce the symptom, then I'm quite sure I
> >can get it fixed.  I certainly can't afford to download 700 GB or 1 TB
> >to do that though.
> >
> >I'm happy to work with whoever has the drive and an XO-4.
> >
> >The nature and value of the content has no relationship to the
> >diagnosis process, but is interesting regardless.
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