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  1. #1
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    system won't start up

    I'll type everything i'm seeing on the screen right now. these errors apparently came out of no where, as i saw nothing that could have lead to this:

    Checking drive /dev/sda1: 7% (stage 1/5, 260/2362)
    /dev/sda1: Inodes that were part of a corrupted orphan linked list found.

    /dev/sda1: UNEXPECTED INCONSISTENCY; RUN fsck MANUALLY.
    (i.e., without -a or -p options)
    fsck died with exit status 4
    Checking drive /dev/sda1: 7% (stage 1/5, 260/2362)
    [fail]
    * An automatic file system check (fsck) of the root filesystem failed. A manual fsck must be performed, then the system restarted. The fsck should be performed in maintenance mode with the root file system mounted in read-only mode.
    * The root filesystem is currently mounted in read-only mode. A maintenance shell will now be started.
    After performing system maintenance, press CONTROL-D to terminate the maintenance shell and restart the system.
    bash: no job control in this shell
    bash: groups: command not found
    bash: lesspipe: command not found
    bash: Command: command not found
    bash: The: command nott found
    bash: dircolors: command not found
    bash: Command: command not found
    bash: The: command not found
    root@desktop:~#

  2. #2
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    Re: system won't start up

    Try typing:
    Code:
    fsck /dev/sda1

  3. #3
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    Re: system won't start up

    Well you might end up with pressing 'y' a lot of times, you might consider:
    Code:
    fsck -y /dev/sda
    mount -o remount,rw /
    And then Ctrl-D to reboot

    Hope it helps. Do a backup of your essential files directly after it (don't forget to backup your config files!) Good luck.

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    Re: system won't start up

    i typed in fsck /dev/sda1 and got the response
    "WARNING!!! Running e2fsck on a mounted filesystem may cause SEVERE filesystem damage.
    do you really want to continue?

    when i did fsck -y /dev/sda it said device or resource busy while trying to open /dev/sda filesystem mounted or opened exclusively by another program.

  5. #5
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    Re: system won't start up

    Sorry mate, I don't know how to solve that. All I can suggest now is try to backup if possible at all in this state.

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    Re: system won't start up

    i have everything on an external harddrive that i backed up not long ago.
    any suggestions on how to go from here though? should i just reinstall?

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    Re: system won't start up

    when it was checking the drives i was able to press ESC to skip it, and the system loaded up normally...
    Last edited by grayfox444; May 21st, 2008 at 11:02 PM.

  8. #8
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    Re: system won't start up

    Try booting from a live-cd and do a fsck on your harddisk as I proposed earlier.

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    Re: system won't start up

    Have you read this one?? It's marked solved....
    Ubuntu/10.04 Lucid Lynx | AMD Athlon X64 3000+ | 3 GB RAM | 650 GB (3 WD HDDs) + 750 GB external (WD) |ATI X700 EXCALIBUR PRO (256 MB)|FF/3.6.9

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