I have a WD My Passport USB 3.0 500 GB hard disk I have successfully installed various OSes like Ubuntu, Pinguy, Mint etc. but so far I'm unsuccessful in installing Arch Linux.

I used the net install CD and the installation is smooth, only when I reboot and boot off my hard disk I get an error saying "cannot find filep" (something along similar lines) and when I try booting again (without a reboot), I get: error 18 and and boot cylindar size exceeds maximum value type error.

I tried rootdelay=8 from the Beginners' Guide on the Arch Wiki and after scavenging through forums even enabled usb in the hook file while installing.

I still can't boot.

If it's of any further help I have dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu on my laptop. My usb is partitioned as following: enter image description here

here is my menu.lst http://pastebin.com/FdAiHnXZ

and the errors enter image description here enter image description here

  • Post your /boot/grub/menu.lst and including the exact errors you see when you try and boot would also be helpful. – jasonwryan Nov 9 '11 at 18:56
  • my menu.lst pastebin.com/FdAiHnXZ – kindrudekid Nov 9 '11 at 19:17

Grub can't read past a certain point, it looks like 8 gigs on most machines. You'll have to move the partition with your /boot to the front of the drive. I've heard (and followed) suggestions to make it a separate partition for this reason.

As for the error 15, the kernel name might be wrong, go into a recovery shell or rescue disc and check the name (usually just vmlinuz), then edit the menu.lst to match. I seem to recall an ill-advised update doing this to my arch machine once, maybe you got a similarly broken snapshot.

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  • My arch box has a /boot/vmlinuz-linux file, and a symbolic link /boot/vmlinuz26 pointing to it. I run "pacman -Syu" about every week, so its relatively up-to-date. – Bruce Ediger Nov 9 '11 at 20:22
  • I don't remember when the transition happened, but machines where Grub can't read past 8GB would be getting old in the tooth and probably not running Windows 7. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 9 '11 at 22:57
  • I have arch partition (with /boot) after ~80GB of unallocated space. I use GRUB 2 though. – Anton Barkovsky Nov 10 '11 at 16:55
  • still no use all names are correct. when u updare my grub on the existing ubuntu on laptop it shows up arch and boots through it effortlesslesy – kindrudekid Nov 11 '11 at 13:48

Please read about the updates to the kernel package and filenames. You need to edit your menu.lst accordingly - you can do that on the fly while booting with grubs edit function).

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  • its correct.. can u tmme wat to edit – kindrudekid Nov 10 '11 at 16:09

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