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Old 09-13-2009, 06:52 AM   #1
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fsck problem (while booting)

When I am booting kernel I get this:
Checking file systems...fsck 1.41.3 (12-Oct-2008)
fsck.ext3: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/sda1
The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2
filesystem.  If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2
filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else), then the superblock
is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate superblock:
    e2fsck -b 8193 <device>

fsck died with exit status 8
failed (code 8).
File system check failed. A log is being saved in /var/log/fsck/checkfs if that location is writable. Please repair the file!
A maintenance shell will now be started. CONTROL-D will terminate this shell and resume system boot. (warning).
Press enter for maintenance
(or type Control-D to continue):
My fstab:
/dev/sda3       /       ext3    defaults,noatime,errors=remount-ro      0 1
/dev/sda1       /boot   ext3    defaults,noatime,errors=remount-ro,noauto      0 2
/dev/sda2       none    swap    sw,pri=1      0 0

tmpfs   /tmp            tmpfs   size=5m,mode=1777       0 0
shm     /dev/shm        tmpfs   nodev,nosuid,noexec     0 0
What is wrong? I have tried everything but I just can't get it work.
Old 09-13-2009, 10:04 AM   #2
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The fsck message gives you something else that you can try. When you try it, be sure that the filesystem is not mounted r/w as that can cause damage to the filesystem.

Did you make any changes to your system such as adding another harddrive since it was last working?
Old 09-13-2009, 02:42 PM   #3
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fsck.ext3 is trying to test a file system that is not ext3. That seems to be what the error is saying. Have you done things to update your system: kernel upgrades, new hard drives, etc?


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