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I have 4 partitions on my HD (Linux system, swap, Windows, Documents).
I just reinstalled Ubuntu Edgy on my laptop (thus messing around only with the Linuw partition and swap), and since then, GDM doesn't start after boot. I have to start Ubuntu in recovery mode, which stops with the following lines:
* Mounting local filesystems...
* Configuring network interfaces...
* Setting up console font and keymap...
I have to then start gdm manually. After i login, a window pops up saying:
failed to initialize HAL!
Now I can't access my documents partition nor the Windows one, the system doesnt detect any USB devices, and I can't configure my wi-fi and network access.
When running Windows, I can access the Linux partition but not the one with all the documents.
Unfortunately, I'm a complete newbie and don't understand most of the lingo in the forums dealing with such problems.
All right, lets finbd the source of the problem, did you format ANY partition during reinstall? Did you clean out your /home directory? (I'm not saying you should do it)
GDM doesn't start after boot
Does it show an error? If yes, which one.
I'm not very ubuntu savvy, but when you get this : root@lan-laptop:~# ; try typing init 3 (or init 4 or init 5) and see if it does the same as a normal boot.
Else, try typing in "/etc/init.d/hald start" and then try starting gdm.
sda1 - windows
sda2 - linux system
sda3 a sda5 - swap (for some reason sda5 is inside sda3 - this must have happened during reinstalation)
sda4 - documents
I managed to mount sda4, but as soon as I mount sda1, the system doesn't allow me to access either one of them:
The folder contentc could not be displayed.
You do not have the permissions necessary to view contents of "mystuff". When I unmount sda1, I can access sda4 again. This happenes also when I mount only sda4. It also means that I still can't access sda4 from Windows either (the partition appears in "My Computer," but shows 0 size and when I try to open it, it says it needs to be formated).
I wish I could modify /etc/fstab, but I have no idea how because as I said, I'm really new to linux.
Note: Do this as root. Since you're new to Linux, instead of using the command line, try it in graphical mode, i.e., login as root, browse(explore) to /etc, open fstab in text editor, add the lines, save and reboot.
When i said /pathto/windows(documents), i meant your mount point. Ummm, do one thing, create two folders namely windows and documents in /media. Then change the path to reflect these folders if you haven't guessed it by now.
For the swap issue, remove UUID from both those lines, so your /etc/fstab should look like