My old Pentium III with an 80GB drive has suddenly lost its ability to boot. It has been running Ubuntu for several years, and is now on Ubuntu 12.04
I get "Error 18: Selected cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS"
Occasionally this afternoon it will try to boot, but never gets all the way.
Sometimes it gives the error: "inconsistent file system structure"
and then offers a list of which OS to boot, but it just returns the "inconsistent file system structure" error for each item on the list.
Naturally, I tried to boot from CD (Ubuntu 9.1 and Ubuntu 10.10 is what I have on hand, but neither one will successfully boot to CD so I can pull my data off or fix GRUB.
Any advice on accessing my data or restoring GRUB if I cannot boot from CD?
Thanks . . .