Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Laptop and Netbook
User Name
Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).


  Search this Thread
Old 04-20-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Sweden
Distribution: openSUSE, Slackware
Posts: 9

Rep: Reputation: 0
Can't boot properly. Filesystem damaged.

Hello. I run a dualboot laptop with Vista and openSUSE 11.1. A while ago I managed to kick the desk, making it shake. I also uninstalled and reinstalled OpenOffice twice. Since then I can't boot into suse (vista seems to work fine now, but it behaved a bit odd the first couple of boots after that.)

When I try to boot into suse there is a whole lot of errormessages, but they flick past too fast to read much of it. Some I can see is columns with numbers (a lot of them in sequence). Also several rows with Multiply-claimed block(s) in inode number:number. Somewhere is an "UNEXPECTED INCONSISTENCY". Then there is a whole lot of error messages caused by the filesystem being read-only.

After this one of two things happen:

1. I think it was in this case I got the error message: Ext-3 fs error: (sda6, my /-partition) htree_dirblock_to_tree: bad entry in dir #297754: rec_len %4!=0 -offset=0, inode=1196314761, rec_len=2573, name_len=26. I don't know if that was all of it. I get a message saying that Ctrl+D is the only way to reboot the computer and instructions for remounting the filesystem read-write. Then it prompts for root password. When I give it the command prompt is (repair filesystem). At this point I don't know what to do. I assume fsck is a candidate, but I didn't want to do that before getting some input from someone more experienced. I would really not have much idea of what I would be doing.

2. I get a what I assume is a normal tty-login in text mode. When I try to log in it only says "Error in service module". Translated from swedish, so it might not be the exact phrase. This happens regardless of whether I try to log in as user or root. From here I don't know what else to do but to make a hard shutdown.

From Vista I have run chkdsk and the "check system health" and long hard drive test with PC-Doctor for Windows. Both claim everything is fine. When I started the system with a live-cd and looked at the properties of the / and /home partitions it said that some data could not be read, but it was perfectly possible to view and copy the files.

It is a pretty fresh install and I've already saved the important new files via a live-cd, so it would not be too much trouble reinstalling suse if you think that is the best solution. If I do that, will it make sure not to use any possibly bad area of the disk? Even if I manage to repair the filesystem so I can boot properly to my current installation, could I trust the integrity of the files?

Puh, it's a long one. I hope someone can help.
Thanks in advance.
Old 04-20-2009, 12:37 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Fargo, ND
Distribution: SuSE AMD64
Posts: 15,733

Rep: Reputation: 678Reputation: 678Reputation: 678Reputation: 678Reputation: 678Reputation: 678
Boot up in rescue mode with the install disk, or a live distro. Run fsck on the Linux partition.
Old 04-23-2009, 11:07 AM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Sweden
Distribution: openSUSE, Slackware
Posts: 9

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
It worked, at least I can start up. That's all I've done so far. I still don't know if I want to trust scripts that were mixed up with other files. But that's for another day.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Strategies for recovering JPEG files from a damaged filesystem yello Linux - General 2 12-17-2007 03:22 PM
Cannot mount ext3 filesystem on damaged hard drive Mathieu_G Linux - Hardware 3 04-01-2005 10:51 PM
System won't boot properly knoppix doesn't initialize properly rodewan Linux - Software 0 01-23-2005 03:35 PM
Repair damaged /var filesystem davep911 Linux - Newbie 1 06-04-2004 08:09 AM
Slackware 9.1: ext3 Filesystem Damaged Chu Linux - General 2 03-01-2004 11:22 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Laptop and Netbook

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration