GeeXboX for PC – Booting from HDD


Installing GeeXboX as a secondary Linux OS …

If you already have a Linux OS installed on your system (such as Ubuntu), you might just want to add an extra GeeXboX entry to your existing bootloader (usually grub).
This allow you to install GeeXboX very easily and boot it from your HDD.
While we recommend that you better install it on a removable USB disk, co-existing with your regular Linux install can be done in a few simple steps (in the following example we suppose your / is mounted through /dev/sda1):
  • create yourself a /GEEXBOX directory on your root filesystem.
  • from the GeeXboX CD, copy vmlinuz and initrd into /GEEXBOX, and rootfs into /.
  • if you’re using GRUB Legacy, edit as root the /boot/grub/menu.lst  and add the following at the bottom the file:
title GeeXboX
root (hd0,1)
kernel /GEEXBOX/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 vga=789 quiet splash loglevel=3 rw
initrd /GEEXBOX/initrd

21 thoughts on “GeeXboX for PC – Booting from HDD”

  1. First,thanks for your geexbox, it’s so good and there is some question when i use it

    I just want make it into my ubuntu boot menu, but i encountered some problems. The latest ubuntu release is used the grub2 to boot., not the grub. So i cannot use the way you gived. I edit the /etc/grub.d/40_custom file and add a startup item, it is written like this
    “menuentry “Geexbox 2.0″{
    set root=(hd0,1)
    linux /GEEXBOX/vmlinuz root=/dev/ram0 vga=789 quiet splash loglevel=3
    initrd /GEEXBOX/initrd

    But the fact is it can be boot, but just start to the logo, and then it print “cannot find a valid root filesystem,dropping to shell ……”. It make me so craze.

  2. Thanks for the pointer, I’ve just updated the documentation, it was incorrect:
    * you should put root=/dev/sda1 instead of root=/dev/ram0
    * you should copy the ‘rootfs’ file to /, not in /GEEXBOX
    with these changes it should work fine.

  3. Its still not working,
    i did as you told in the doc: edited grub, greated the folder, copied the files into the right places
    after reboot i see the splash screen and then get a busybox

    maybe forgot to do something with the isolinux folder and the files in this folder?

  4. Thank you for your help and now i have boot the geexbox successfully. On my PC, it have a windows7 and Ubuntu, so the ubuntu not at the /dev/sda1, and then i copy vmlinuz and initrd to /dev/sda1, and rootfs into /dev/sda8(my ubuntu root filesystem), and then it worked. I am so happy+ing.

    But I still has three question
    *the latest geexbox can’t play 720p
    *boot from hdd can’t save the change i do
    *it cannot support unicode? I am Chinese student

    Anyway, thank you for your help and thank for your geexbox, it’s so good! And i recently got a plan that is make a similar software base on the linux kernel. So i have to learn more about linux. Linux is to funny, i love it.

  5. @tomlohave
    this doesn’t solve the problem for me – have followed the instructions above and it boots ok from hdd, but creating a casper-rw file in / doesn’t make a difference – no changes persist on reboot. any other suggestions?



  6. For info, here is the corrected one for grub2 (I struggled with the one posted above because of the typo in vmlinux :

    menuentry “Geexbox 2.0″{
    set root=(hd0,1)
    linux /GEEXBOX/vmlinux root=/dev/sda1 vga=789 quiet splash loglevel=3
    initrd /GEEXBOX/initrd

  7. My Fedora box uses the ext (for /boot) and lvm2 (for / “root”) filesystems. But Geexbox won’t load after dropping the rootfs file in the root directory (lvm2). I keep getting the error “can’t find a valid root filesystem,” and the booting stops at the busybox shell.

    How can I get around it?

  8. Geexbox dont saved the changd settings after reboot. I found the solution for my system:
    I created /GEEXBOX directory on root filesystem
    inside: initrd rootfs vmlinuz from the GeeXboX CD
    and casper-rw
    ( )
    And the /boot/grub/menu.lst and add:
    # Other bootable partition config begins
    title GeeXboX
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /GEEXBOX/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 vga=789 quiet splash loglevel=3 rw rootfs=/GEEXBOX/rootfs persistent=/GEEXBOX/casper-rw rw
    initrd /GEEXBOX/initrd
    # Other bootable partition config ends

    Note the kernel line ends …. casper-rw rw
    It works and saved changes.

  9. me too,我的也Cannot find a valid root filesystem, dropping to shell,用U盘Kingston 16gb ntfs(ud)Grub4dos启动(boot)的。,
    title GeexBox

    kernel /vmlinuz vga=789 persistent quiet splash loglevel=3
    initrd /initrd
    please ,help me.

  10. geexbox-3.0-i386.iso
    ud(kingston,16gb,ntfs) tip “Cannot find a valid root filesystem, dropping to shell”
    title GeexBox

    kernel /vmlinuz vga=789 persistent quiet splash loglevel=3
    initrd /initrd
    please ,help me.

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