Thanks for the reply. It was pretty useful information.
I am trying to answer some of your questions here..
NO, I am not sure if the problem stems from LVM. However, I strongly feel that partitioning was the problem, because the problem started occuring only I altered the size of SuSE partition from 98 using Partition Tragic
NO, I didn't install SuSE using LVM (rather I am not sure). I have only 1 hard drive, but with many partitions though. I boot SuSE using boot floppy.
(When you get the system up after e2fsck, can you shut it down clean for a 'normal' reboot?)
It looks like it shuts down normally. I don't see anything going wrong. It says /dev/hda8 (linux native) partition was unmounted cleanly as it does about other partitions.
The startup and shutdown activities happen so fast that i can't see what has already scrolled up. BTW, is there a way I can see the startup log or shutdown log? or the entire screens?
During startup, I see the following messages,
EXT2-fs warning: mounting unchecked fs, running e2fsck is recommended.
...(some more messages)
mounting /proc device
Run file system check on root for LVM activation
/dev/hda8 is mounted
WARNING! Running e2fsck on mounted partitions can severely damage filesystem (something to that effect)..
run e2fsck(y/n)? 'Y' (i have no option but to say 'y', If I say 'n' it starts shutdown.)
/dev/hda8 not unmounted cleanly
filesystem check .............. 100%
vgscan : no groups found.
Is it possible to infer anything from above messages?
Please also note that it is not an intermittant problem. It happens every time.
Thanks in advance for any help..