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Old 10-16-2001, 06:00 PM   #1
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Unhappy Boot problem

Hi All
I am fairly new to Linux.
I had set up my Pentium PC as a dual Boot with Mandrake 8.0 and WIN2000.
This was working fine for quite some time - I could select the system I wanted on startup.
Something has happened (I don't know what! ) and when I now boot up off the hard drive LILO stops at 'LI'
If I boot using a Mandrake boot diskette and not interfere with the boot process the process gets to the following:

Checking root filesystem/dev/hda5 contains a file system with errors, check forced.
(i.e., without -a or -p options)
Failed to check filesystem. Do you want to repair the errors? (beware you can loose data)

I need to know what action to take at his point.
Should I respond to this question with a 'Y' or is there some other action I should (or can) take.

I would really like to recover my WIN2000 system.
Thanks in advance
Graeme Grose
Western Australia
Old 10-16-2001, 09:57 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, as it's the root filesystem that's problematic, the system isn't going to let you go any farther until you do fix it, so...

You can boot from a floppy or the installation CD, get to a command prompt, and see if you can run fsck manually from there (fsck /dev/hda5).
Old 10-25-2001, 12:13 PM   #3
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Boot Problem

Thanks for your quick response. (I have been away from a computer for some time and have only just been able to post this response.)

I have been able to repair the filesystem and I am now back to my original problem where it stops at 'LI' when I try to boot via the hard drive.
However I can now boot up using the Mandrake boot diskette.
It seems I need to carry out some fixes/changes on the hard drive setup but don't know where to start.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Are there any good references that would be useful?

Graeme Grose


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