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January 22nd, 2009, 10:02 PM
I have a gazelle ultra.

I've had three fsck checks today, but have had no unusual shutdowns until after the second fsck.

The second fsck came after I got a BIOS error about time/date changing. I pressed F1 to continue; the fsck said it corrected a problem and the system would reboot.

The system rebooted. Then, I shifted to boot screen mode (CTRL+ALT+F1), but the screen never updated after printing resuming normal boot. I waited and listened for HD activity, and then I force powered down the system.

The third fsck came after that. I've never had an Ubuntu/Kubuntu system require an fsck on a forced shutdown, but I know that can happen on full running Linux systems.

Are there any HD diags I can run and instructions on how to run them?


January 22nd, 2009, 11:30 PM
caljohnsmith gives instructions on testing hard drive health using smartctl here:

(Note: not all drives recognize S.M.A.R.T. commands, but maybe this will work for you.)

sudo tune2fs -l /dev/sda1 | grep state
Will tell you if the ext2/ext3 filesystem on /dev/sda1 is clean or unclean, though I'm not sure that is what you are looking for.

If you have a Seagate drive, Seagate provides their own proprietary hard drive diagnostic tool here:

If you have a drive of a different manufacturer, maybe check their website for similar tools.

January 23rd, 2009, 12:05 AM
A forced shutdown can hose a filesystem from time to time, particularly if the HD is writing when the shutdown happens.

My guess (since it is a new computer) is that somehow the fielsystem got borked and fsck isn't able to correct it.

January 23rd, 2009, 02:28 AM
Ubuntu 8.10
Gazelle Ultra

Once the time/date got fixed, it stopped doing the fsck. So, it all seems OK, now.