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Old 08-19-2005, 08:59 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Grub problem due to full hard drive


I have a dual boot system with Linux and Win2k.
Last night I was testing a TV recorder card (under win2k) and I let it fill all of drive F:, which is NOT a bootable drive (it's a FAT32, for media stuff).
It all worked fine and the card just stopped recording after it filled that drive.
I turned off the computer later and in the morning switched it on again, but to my surprise the boot manager (GRUB) displayed only "error 16" and then halted. Error 16 means that there is an

"Inconsistent filesystem structure - This error is returned by the filesystem code to denote an internal error caused by the sanity checks of the filesystem structure on disk not matching what it expects. This is usually caused by a corrupt filesystem or bugs in the code handling it in GRUB."

I made a google search and saw that the same happened to someone else, too ... Virus damage is excluded - the comp wasn't even in touch with 'net.
Anyway, I don't have a clue how to solve this.
I'm no expert, so all i tried was to connect the drive as a slave to another computer, but that didn't work - the drive seemed not to be formatted.
I guess it would be enough to delete something from the F drive, if there isn't any permanent solution ...

Any ideas?
Thanx in advance, nixnix.
Old 08-19-2005, 09:15 AM   #2
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Is the data for grub (i.e /boot/grub/menu.lst) on the same partition as the 'F' drive?

Got a knoppix CD or something?

Then you can check out the 'sanity' of your filesystem.......
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Boot to some CD and do an fsck on your /boot partition. Check that it is readable and not full.

Plan on retiring this disk-drive immediately.


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