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i had troubles with mandrake 10.0 and twice it hanged up while shutting down so i had to hard reset it.
First time it went well but now i can't load mandrake anymore, durng the boot i have an eror message. Something along those lines :
Warning : bad format on line 1 of /etc/fstab
Warning : Your /etc/fstab does not contain the fsck passno
Then it ask me if i want the system to try to repair the disk but it always fails
I can boot into a kind of terminal mode to repair the disk but if i do fsck.reiserfs --check my reiser device it always tell me that it had no problem
I did anyway the --repair-tree and --repair-sb without any success
when i type exit to reboot the comp i get various message (i can't read them all cause i't's going fast)
However i've 2 warning like this :
Warning : no final new line at hte end of the /etc/fstab
Warning : no final new line at hte end of the /etc/mbtab
Now that I think about it, you must have some sort of editor available from this rescue mode...I don't know about Mandrake but I remember using Redhat, and from the rescue mode you would have to mount your / filesystem to access it, something like 'mount /dev/hdx /mnt/sysimage' then you could chroot to /mnt/sysimage to make repairs.
Just look some more at your rescue disk for a text editor. I know you said there isn't one, but there must be. A rescue disk without an editor is useless. cd to /bin and ls it. Look for vi(m) joe, nano, something like that.
Sure. Boot the knoppix cd, run fdisk or cfdisk and print the partition table. Write this down!!! If you still cant remember what's on each partition, mount them somewhere and have a look. Probably easier just to fix your fstab from knoppix as well.