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    instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    Hi everyone,
    I'm a recent kubuntu user (one month). To make a long story short, I started with kubuntu 6.04, and progressively upgrade it until the latest version: kubuntu 8.04.
    Everything was running perfectly until I tried, like many other people in here, to fix this cdrom problem (DVD not detected during installation). Before I did anything weird, I remember that the partitions after installation were: one for xp, one for kubuntu and two small that I never understood why they appear after the first kunbuntu installation.
    Anyway, then I made a stupid and irresponsible mistake: I set one of this small partition as being the DVD... I just messed it up...

    Now I can get to the panel which allow me to select between xp and Kunbuntu. But kunbuntu crashed when it try to access to a file in ../sbin (permission denied). I think that I link the DVD to the partition sta4... I don't really understand why but I cannot boot from the live cd (the dvd doesn't run, even in xp).
    I obtained can see the wrong line in fstab using cat /etc/fstab, but I don't know how to modify it from grub.
    I hope you can help me, I'm getting crazy with this problem... I cannot run any more Kunbuntu...
    Ben
    P.S: remember I'm a newbie to linux

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    Re: instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    Are you able to boot from a live cd?
    If so, you can repair fstab or whatever from there.
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    Re: instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    No I'm not... I already tried, but even if I set the boot from the bios toward the cdrom, nothing happen. It's like if the dvd is disconnected...

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    Re: instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    Quote Originally Posted by benjo18 View Post
    .... I think that I link the DVD to the partition sta4... I don't really understand why but I cannot boot from the live cd (the dvd doesn't run, even in xp)....
    If you power off and then back on with any bootable cd/dvd media it won't boot? Is that correct. At least that's what I'm hearing from you message. Something in you BIOS got messed up.

    Put in one of the mini-cds like slax or puppy (do you have any of those?), and see if you can boot up that way. Maybe I misunderstood you, but you stated that even in XP the dvd doesn't work.

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    Re: instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    Hi,
    yes in xp the Ihave two dvd now...!! one is the rel dvd that doesn't detect the cd/dvd, and the other one is something else with a strange name (sti....).
    What are those small cd that you speak about: puppy? I don't know it.
    Thanks for your help,
    Ben

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    Re: instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    Quote Originally Posted by benjo18 View Post
    Hi,
    yes in xp the Ihave two dvd now...!! one is the rel dvd that doesn't detect the cd/dvd, and the other one is something else with a strange name (sti....).
    What are those small cd that you speak about: puppy? I don't know it.
    Thanks for your help,
    Ben
    It sounds like you have a virtual DVD in XP. Maybe DaemonTools or UltraDVD, or Nero. Somthing like that. That's all software.

    Try this. Do you have any bootable cd/dvd disk that you can put into your optical disk drive? If so, then put it in, reboot and see if it boots to the cd/dvd drive. Do that first, then we can go from there. You said your new to Linux, I'm assuming your experienced with Windows.

    [The Puppy, Slax, KNOPPIX are what's referred to as mini Linux distros. They are mainly used for repair.]

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    Re: instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    Mhhh... so you can't boot from cd, even when you just told the bios to start from there. Also the unit doesn't work on xp...

    Let's see: changes what you made on fstab (or whatever, except partitioning) souldn't affect other operating systems, or live cd startup.

    Sorry, that's beyond me. Perhaps your hardware (cd/dvd unit) is damaged in a permanent way. I didn't think that this would be possible, but I actually don't know what to say. I hope someone else can help you, and that your dvd can work again. Not an easy problem, I think.
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    Re: instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    vmc,
    I tried run kubuntu from dvd at boot (download iso DVD) but the boot failed an says: couldn't boot.
    Those mini linux distro should permit to rewrite the fstab file?
    Thanks,
    Ben

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    Re: instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    Yes, I've used Puppy sometimes for similar things. You loose nothing to give it a try, but with a working cd-unit, should be equally possible to startup from a big distro or from a smal one.
    BTW, if your hardware is able to boot from usb stick, these minimal distros will start from there. You can have a look on http://www.puppylinux.com/ , or googling for "damn small linux", among other minimal distros.
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    Re: instalation failed can't change fstab from boot

    Quote Originally Posted by benjo18 View Post
    vmc,
    I tried run kubuntu from dvd at boot (download iso DVD) but the boot failed an says: couldn't boot.
    Those mini linux distro should permit to rewrite the fstab file?
    Thanks,
    Ben
    Ben,

    How adept are you on hardware? If you feel confident, open up your case unplug the IDE or SATA cable from the hard drive and power connector. Make sure no other hard drive in connected. Then with a bootable CD/DVD in the DVD drive see now if your able to boot up. I know this may seem drastic, but in the past my hard drive has caused problems with operations. Also, this way the interface connection from the CD/DVD is uninterrupted. Also make sure the connection from back of the CD/DVD drive is secure. If you do that, does the light on the CD/DVD drive light up and do you hear it spin up?

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