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Old 04-07-2006, 04:08 AM   #1
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Angry etc/fstab can't be found after installing a DVD burner in FC4


Hi
I installed a new DVD burner and now the sytem won't boot into FC4.
It loads up until the service sound audio gets [ok] then I get a message can't find dev/pts etc/fstab etc/mtab.
If I used the Repair [F5] from the CD it takes me into disk repair then goes through and loads the NICs then fails with a message stating it cant find etc/fstab.
Help?!?!
 
Old 04-07-2006, 05:34 AM   #2
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Upgrade to FC5 - its nice.
 
Old 04-07-2006, 10:25 AM   #3
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Where did you connect your new DVD drive? If you moved the drive that Fedora is on to connect the DVD drive then that is the cause of your problem. It needs to stay on the same IDE channel as before.
 
Old 04-07-2006, 02:20 PM   #4
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Upgrading to FC5 is why I changed the drives I couldn't get the ISOs to burn correctly
I replaced a cd Burner with the DVD burner so it is on the same IDE cable as the previous CD Burner. The DVD is a different brand (Sony) than the CD Burner (plexator), I don't know if that would make a diffence I was under the impression Kudzu was supposed to pick up the hardware changes. guess not?

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Old 04-08-2006, 05:02 PM   #5
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Kudzu should be able to pick it up, you're right. In the past I have installed some distros (think FC4 was one of them) using one CD drive and then switched to a different once the install was complete without any trouble. Can you provide more detailed information?
 
Old 04-09-2006, 03:43 PM   #6
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More information as requested

fstab appeared to be removed, I recieved an error of dev/pts cant be found in etc/fstab or etc/mtab and then it continued on with booting until it tried to initailize swap. I then recieved a black screen that the only way out of was to powercycle the machine.
I went into my Windows drive and it booted just fine.
Rebooted into Linux again with CD support and ran linux rescue from the command prompt, that worked, ran fsck -l and it complained it couldn't find fstab.
Ran fdisk and it showed the correct patitions.
Ran vi /etc/fstab and was shown a blank file

I then went to my test box and copied fstab to a floppy then tried to copy that fstab over to the broken hard drive. Used chmod 777 etc/fstab and got nothing.
Gave up and reinstalled the OS. The issue is resolved.
This leaves me with some questions:

1)What in those steps did I do wrong or didn't do?
2) Where would I find the log files to show me what went wrong or send into a bug report?
 
Old 04-09-2006, 05:26 PM   #7
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If you've reinstalled, don't know if you'll have any luck finding log files. They won't be there if you reformatted, for obvious reasons! Not sure what went wrong from your description, sounds like one of those weird one-off errors. Let's hope it doesn't happen again!
 
Old 04-10-2006, 01:09 AM   #8
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"Let's hope it doesn't happen again"
Creating a better back up in case it does.
It seems to be working great now that the OS has been re-installed.

I think I figured out the why, I had the drivers installed from Nvidia instead of the Nvidia Kernel modules I have seen an article named "Must read before installing Nvidia Drivers" and to make it short, those drivers screw up the file system on Red Hat/ Fedora. My theory is that they moved or modified the fstab in such away that the new driver broke links or paths that held the correct fstab settings.

Thanks for the attempt at helping me.
 
  


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