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When i shut down my system last, it crashed when closing the desktop (GNOME) and i had to manually reset the machine. Now when i come to boot the system (2.6.7 kernel-smp) it states that the system shut down 'uncleanly' and asks whether I want to do a disk integrity check.
If i say yes, it checks, repairs a few errors then reports a problem at about 80%. It fails and gives me results - 1.6% non-contig. It then drops me to a root shell, if i reboot from there i get the same thing next time i restart.
If i say no, it attempts to boot but hangs after a few mins. It tries to apply an IA32 Microcode update, and hangs during that.
As far as performing maintenance while in a root shell goes, i'm relatively new to linux (2 months) and don't know where to start.
I also cannot enter interactive startup.
I will reply posting the actual error messages i get ASAP (running a dual boot Linux/WinXP).
When you're in the root shell run fsck with no arguments on ther partition the boot is hanging up on. Chances are there's some error in that filesystem which fsck doesn't want to correct automatically, so it will ask you whether or not to fix it. Say yes unless you really know what you're doing.
The system was last shutdown uncleanly.
Press Y to check filesystem integrity...2 seconds......y
Checking root filesystem:
/1: Deleted inode 669020 has zero dtime. FIXED
/1: Inode 674954, i_blocks is 1736 should be 1720. FIXED
/1: Inode 674990, i_blocks is 240 should be 184. FIXED
/1: 243828/1026144 files (1.6% non-contiguous), 1477073/2048287 blocks
*** Error ocurred during integrity check, dropping to root shell for maintenance***
Enter root password:
(Repair filesystem) 1#
I will reboot now and do what you suggested - perhaps the above will help?
Just to add to the confusion, when i rebooted to run fsck the disk check completed successfully with no problems and the system proceeded to boot as if i skipped the check. This then takes in the problem with the microcode update thing i mentioned earlier.
Enabling swap space: [OK]
<6> IA-32 Microcode Update Driver: v1.14 <email@example.com>
microcode: No new microdata for cpu0
microcode: No new microdata for cpu1
This is where the system hangs, which then brings me back to square one again (lol).
I then rebooted to try what you suggested, the result was:
I have the same problem during load up it gets stuck at enabling swap space and it goes no where i even left it overnight to see if it was just taking too long i noticed that the person who posted before me had the same problem but it doesnt say anything on what to do so if someone could help me it would be appreciated???? Thanks I think this might be happening because my computer froze and i had to shutdown manually!!!