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Old 10-09-2005, 05:58 AM   #1
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EXT-fs error (device hda3) in start_transaction: Readonly filesystem


Lately my laptop harddrive has been getting errors or something, with all the terminals showing this repeatedly:

EXT-fs error (device hda3) in start_transaction: Readonly filesystem

I can log in to terminals, ls and stuff, use X but not start new programs, and even log off and reboot (with some things failing due to the readonly filesystem, but rebooting all the same). On startup it'll do a forced hd-check, then give me "UNEXPECTED INCONSISTENCY RUN fsck MANUALLY", i run fsck and hit y for to fix some orphaned inode thingies, ctrl+d to reboot and it works normally again. This has happened about 3 times the last week, once within an hour of startup with just the last.fm-player and firefox running, once I discovered it like that after it'd been on for about a day. I've had it happen some months earlier, but I have no idea what causes it. Google.com/linux just showed me pages saying "obscure kernel error" ( http://seclists.org/lists/linux-kern.../May/1084.html ) and heavy-duty-geek-sites like that, not much help to me.

uname -a gives:
Linux kiwishiba 2.6.10-5-386 #1 Fri Sep 23 14:13:55 UTC 2005 i686 GNU/Linux

and /etc/fstab has my harddrive as:
/dev/hda3 / ext3 defaults,noatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
/dev/hda1 /boot ext3 defaults,noatime 0 2
/dev/hda5 none swap sw 0 0

Anyone got a clue what to do? Hope I don't have to scrap this HD, now that I finally got a working install heh...
 
Old 10-10-2005, 02:37 PM   #2
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EXT-fs error (device hda3) in start_transaction: Readonly filesystem

Hello,

Maybe you have a deffect HD that cause the errors on the FS. How old is you HD ?
You can also try to upgrade the kernel if you think it's a kernell generated error. I currently use 2.6.11.4-21.9-default and don't have problems.

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Old 10-21-2005, 10:15 AM   #3
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My harddrive is barely half a year old, it really doesn't seem likely that it'd fail, especially considering how little it's been used. I upgraded the kernel now, to 2.6.12-9-386, and so far I've had to reboot once due to read-only-errors, but I didn't get the "EXT-fs error (device hda3) in start_transaction: Readonly filesystem"-message showing on the text-terminals this time, only got some errors in X saying things were read-only whenever I tried doing stuff requiring writing. Really weird - I can't tell what's making the disk hickup like that and turn read-only on me.
 
  


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