tredegar, i don't know why you think old posts are not useful. The conversation can and should go on. This thread is still relevant, because it contains useful info.
Old threads can
But old threads are just that. Old, and out of date.
For example at post #8 I suggested (in 2005)
You can reboot and force fsck to run as it reboots if you use shutdown -Fr in a console.
which fixed the problem at the time.
But because the way linux has matured over the years, this is no longer valid advice, and that command will not now work. (You'll need to use touch /forcefsck; reboot
So, old threads are best left in peace. Things move on, and change.
By all means read
old threads (LQ never deletes them), but please don't resurrect
them, because other people, and search engines, may erroneously interpret them as "current", when they are not.
I hope this explains the situation.