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Old 12-22-2002, 04:38 PM   #1
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unable to read superblock

I am setting up a dual boot win98/mandrake 9 box. it installs fine. Initially I played with the linux for about a day and a half and I had to go into windows to do somthing. Upon coming back to mandrake I got this error message when I chose linux:

ext3-fs: Unable to read superblock
Mount: error 22 mounting ext3 flags
kernel panic no init found
try passing init= option to kernel

I surfed forums and someone said to turn off plug and play in CMOS: Did that, then reinstalled both 98 and mandrake. This worked! I could switch back and forth between linux and win98 no problem. After 2 weeks the same error started popping up again when I try to choose linux on initial boot screen:

ext3-fs: Unable to read superblock
Mount: error 22 mounting ext3 flags
kernel panic no init found
try passing init= option to kernel

I can go into win98 but not linux.
what the heck is going on/how do I deal with this? Im a newbie.
Old 12-31-2002, 09:52 AM   #2
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Have you tried running 'fsck' on the linux boot device? If you know the path to the linux boot device, boot into linux in single user mode (the command is "linux single" from the lilo prompt), and once there (assuming your linux partition is hdb1, for example) type "fsck -y /dev/hdb1". See if that cleans up your superblock.
Old 12-31-2002, 06:30 PM   #3
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I fought with dual booting for a long time, months, and I finally was successful by using a utility called BootPart.. I'm dual booting RedHat Linux 7.3, Windows XP Pro, Windows 2000 Pro, and Windows 98 on the same machine (with only a 10G HD), and this was what I used to make it happen.. Maybe it will help you too.. Good luck!


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