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Old 01-22-2007, 02:03 PM   #1
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Unable to boot Fedora 5 after reboot

Hi, I'm still fairly new to linux, but this is what is happening:

I was having problems connecting to our linux box over the lan, so I rebooted with the following command:
"shutdown -r 0"

Upon reboot, I get:
/dev/md1 contains a file system with errors, check forced.

Then it gets to about 35% and just stops, no more output.

I tried changing to runlevel 3 and booting and the system runs the same file check, but when it gets to 35%, I get a bunch of output that I can't make much sense of. It gives a message, "Continuing in 120 seconds." then stops at "start_kernel". So, next, I booted the the Fedora CD, went in to the Recovery Mode, and when I got to a prompt, I ran:

"fsck -c -v /dev/md1"

It took about a half hour (I was never prompted for anything), and when it finished, it appeared to try and boot. It then got stuck at the same "start_kernel" line. I also tried going into Grub and adding "idle=poll" to the kernel, but nogo.

If anyone could point me in the right direction I would be forever grateful!!
Old 01-22-2007, 04:39 PM   #2
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Also, I tried just now using "e2fsck -c -v /dev/md1" instead, and it gets to "Pass 1: checking inodes, blocks, and sizes", then wigs out, puts me back to the prompt. But the last message I have says: Segmentation fault. Does this mean there is something physically wrong with the drive itself?
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Yes, you probably have a bad hard drive. If it is a RAID1 configuration then try booting with just one drive to see which is the good drive then replace the bad one.
Old 01-23-2007, 12:07 PM   #4
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Fixed it! I downloaded the Maxtor bootable image that I burned to a cd and booted from, then ran a full test on the hard drive overnight and it passed. I then booted to the Fedora disc, ran memtest86, and to my delight, the ram was failing. I swapped out the 2 sticks with some spares, ended up having to run fsck once more, but then everything was back to normal... Woo Hoo!


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