OK, here's a doozy:
Kernel corruption, partition destruction, reinstallation failure, total data loss, possible cancer and the loss of nuclear keys - just because I wanted the history buttons on my mouse to work.
I WAS running Win 98 SE and Mandrake 8.2. I tried to install IMWheel 1.0.0pre1 to get my mouse history buttons working. It ran './configure' fine, but when I ran 'make' it said it could not find certain KDE libraries and a lot of other gobbledy-gook that I couldn't understand. Tired of trying to get my mouse fully functional, I rebooted into Win to play a little Black & White.
When I tried to reboot back into Linux (BIOS worked fine) I got the following frightening message:
hda5: bad access: block=2, count=2
end_request: I/O error, dev 03>05 (hda), sector 2
EXT3-fs: unable to read superblock
mount:error 22 mounting ext3 flags Freeing unused kernel memory: 260k freed
Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init = option to kernel
I tried loading up in failsafe but failsafe failed to be safe.
No problem, I thought, I'll just reinstall the whole thing. I ran DrakX via Mandrake's installation CDs and received the following messages (the bad grammer is MandrakeSoft's fault, not mine):
I can't read your partition table, it's too corrupt for me
I can try to go on blanking bad partitions (ALL DATA will be lost). The other solution is to disallow DrakX to modify the partition table. (the error is ask_before_blanking:extended partitions: bad magic number.
Do you agree to loose all the partitions?
( I clicked on [YES] )
An error occurred:
ask_before_blanking:extended partition: bad magic number
( I clicked on [OK] which brought me back to the original partition error message. This time a clicked on [NO] )
Choose the sizes:
Root partition size in MB [ slider ]
Swap partition size in MB [ slider ]
( I clicked [OK] )
Creating and formatting file /lnx4win/linuxsys.img
At this point the computer freezes. I waited a good twenty minutes to see if it was just a slow process but absolutely nothing happens.
Disgusted, I ran the HP System Recovery program from CD. I reformatted everything hoping to wipe out the partition altogether. Win98 SE now runs fine but the 'D' mount was not removed. I again tried formatting the Linux partition, this time from Win, and Win thinks that the formatting is successful. Nonetheless, when I reboot the system, I get the same BIOS options to run Win or Linux, and Linux causes the same problems mentioned above.
FUBAR, man, FUBAR. The guy or gal that can fix this should be covered with garlands and bronzed. Anyone have any ideas?
Thanks. A LOT.