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I changed my IDE device configuration when I put the computer components into my new case. (I previously had the parts strewn across my desk) After some basic (newbie) diagnostic, I found out that, while my fstab reads /dev/hda# for the hd, I need to use /dev/hdc# . However, I cannot figure out how to change this. I cannot boot normally. The closest I got was a reboot that said "An error has been detected in your hardrive. You may log in to fix the error" (or something similar). When I log in and try to change fstab via emacs, it says the File System is read only. Im stumped!
do you have a live-cd? knoppix, gentoo, slackware, probly even redhat, fedora, mandrake, most any bootable install cd get to the console or if on a graphical install cd the rescue console, mount the drive and edit it from there, if the cd doesnt have a text editor then chroot into your linux partition and use your normal one mount /dev/hdc1 /mnt/hdc1 chroot /mnt/hdc1 /bin/bash pico /etc/fstab
As long the system at least boots and you can log in as root, you can fix your fstab. You are probably just logging in as a regular user, but to edit fstab you need to be root. Become root, make your edits, save, reboot and you should be golden. -- J.W.