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Old 09-27-2006, 08:59 PM   #1
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hard locks and freezing after creative repartitioning and formatting.

Howdy, folks.

I'm using Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Dapper Drake on an Acer 5601AWLMi laptop.

I'm not here because of troubles with getting it to work. It worked fine, until what I did.


The acer comes with a small recovery partition to reset everything to factory default, a 40 GB windows partition and a 45 GB storage partition. Everything seems to use fat32, so that was all fine and dandy. When installing Ubuntu, I took a 10GB chunk of that 45 GB storage partition and made it into an extended partition with a 1GB swap logical drive and another 9 GB swap logical reiser fs drive (mounted as /).

Linux installed. I got networking, sound, and my blasted printer working. I installed all my favourite software (although I am used to Debian and I found Ubuntu's versions to be slightly older than what I'm used to). And, I found that I didn't have enough space in my /home directory.

As root, I deleted everything in the 35GB vfat partition and also reformatted it to reiserfs. I then copied everything from the /home directory (one user directory) to the newly reformatted drive and changed ownership appropriately. I killed x11 and gdm and all that. From the console I made fstab mount this drive (/dev/hda3 /home notail 0 1). I then rebooted and it worked fine.

I was able to check my email and use amsn et cetera. The only problem now is that after about 2 minutes of usage, the screen freezes; I lose my mouse and keyboard. It hard locks and I have to manually force my poor laptop to shut down. No scans are performed by Ubuntu after that to check the drive.

What should I do? Was I wrong in using "notail" as an option? Keep in mind that I used it because I wanted this drive to mimic what the / partition said to keep congruency.

Any suggestions/ideas are more than welcome and I thank you all ahead of time.

Old 09-27-2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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Okay. Here's what I did wrong. My fstab line should have looked like:

/dev/hda3 /home reiserfs defaults,notail 0 0
Next, I forgot to perform an fsck on the drive to make sure there were no errors. Seeing as it crashed, I don't know if it just had the errors or if they came after the crash, but it did have errors nonetheless. I had to reboot into a "recovery mode" (because I'm not keen enough to just kill x again, unmount the drive, and do it all without the special boot). I used:

# reiserfsck /dev/hda3
It told me that it only had one error and I had to use --rebuild-tree to fix it. So, I did:

# reiserfsck --rebuild-tree /dev/hda3
I changed my fstab and we're home free.

Thanks to you all for reading and/or posting. I always feel like such a n00b whenever I post a question and I do appreciate your help.


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