I've resisted the urge to post for as long as I could. I use these forums quite often in finding answers to the numerous linux questions that I've had & found it to be a great resource. However the time has come where I need some more specific help.
For some reason after an innocent reboot of my Fedora 12 Core system, GRUB decided it would no longer load the O/S. I was just getting a flashing _ in the top left of the screen. I thought there must be a problem with the partition table & have used the systemRescueCd to run testdisk (I have made a copy of the disk first to an image file using dd - don't worry I made sure I got the commands around the correct way!).
testdisk shows that I have a partition which is bootable & Primary, which appears to be the grub partition (I can list the files in test disk). However when I search the disk I get the following after it has found a couple of partitions. (it is an 80Gb disk)
Disk /dev/sda - 81 GB / 76 GiB - CHS 9964 255 63
The harddisk (81 GB / 76 GiB) seems too small! (< 118 GB / 110 GiB)
Check the harddisk size: HD jumpers settings, BIOS detection...
The following partition can't be recovered:
Partition Start End Size in sectors
Linux 4744 1 1 14425 128 46 155533312
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EXT4 Large file Sparse superblock Recover, 79 GB / 74 GiB
I've run fdisk -l (which produces)
Disk /dev/sda: 82.0 GB, 81964302336 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x8c7f8c7f
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 26 208813+ 83 Linux
Gparted shows that the disk has 76.14Gb unallocated.
after mounting the /dev/sda1 partition & cd 'ing to grub my menu.lst looks like:
title Fedora (18.104.22.168-150.fc12.i686)
kernel /vmlinuz-22.214.171.124-150.fc12.i686.PAE ro root=/dev/mapper/vg_shuttle-lv_root LANG=en_GB.UTF-8 SYSF
ONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=uk rhgb quiet rdblacklist=nouveau vmalloc=256m vga=0x318 selinux=0
I hope this is enough information for you to help me to get my system back up & running.
Thanks in advance.