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Old 07-15-2008, 10:53 AM   #1
Scotsguy101
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FC5 bootup stalls after deletion of file directories


Hi,

I installed FC5 on my PC as part of a dual boot set-up. All was well until i recently decided to remove a couple of large directories from the FC5 configuration. I used the GUI and cut the directories in question, pasting them onto an external HD.

After shutting the PC down and trying to restart FC5 the bootup fails. There are no error messages, the bootup simply stalls at the Hal daemon stage. After this i have to force a power down of my PC, if i try to login to FC5 again there is a painstakingly slow disk check and the bootup problem persists.

I was thinking maybe there is a problem in my .profile file, maybe if I hash out the lines relating to the directory i deleted things will be fine? Any thoughts?

I'm not sure how to open vi (or another text editor) and edit files at this pre bootup stage, can someone advise?

I hope someone can help, it took me ages to get FC5 working nicely and i dont want to have to reformat.

Thanks
John
 
Old 07-15-2008, 12:12 PM   #2
artistgay
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Post FC5 not starting...

Did
you try starting with the original installation cd? if not try it.

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Hi,

I installed FC5 on my PC as part of a dual boot set-up. All was well until i recently decided to remove a couple of large directories from the FC5 configuration. I used the GUI and cut the directories in question, pasting them onto an external HD.

After shutting the PC down and trying to restart FC5 the bootup fails. There are no error messages, the bootup simply stalls at the Hal daemon stage. After this i have to force a power down of my PC, if i try to login to FC5 again there is a painstakingly slow disk check and the bootup problem persists.

I was thinking maybe there is a problem in my .profile file, maybe if I hash out the lines relating to the directory i deleted things will be fine? Any thoughts?

I'm not sure how to open vi (or another text editor) and edit files at this pre bootup stage, can someone advise?

I hope someone can help, it took me ages to get FC5 working nicely and i dont want to have to reformat.

Thanks
John
 
Old 07-15-2008, 12:14 PM   #3
caleb12
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What file directories did you cut?

It's sounding like they were perhaps, file system directories, perhaps important ones... that the OS is now looking for during the boot process - hence stalling because it can't find them. It seems unlikely to me that hal would stall just because it can not find user directories...

You said you had put them on an external drive, so is that drive connected during boot up with a corresponding entry in fstab?

how far does single user mode get you?

You also said dual boot, so if the issue is as simple as I just mentioned it would be possible to edit the fstab entry from the windows partition and then give it a reboot. There is a third party app on windows that will allow you to mount a Lin partition...

Hope that helps...
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