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Old 02-05-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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Question Boot up failure EXT3-fs error

I'm running Ubuntu Feisty on a partitioned Toshiba Satellite laptop.
Has been running fine until I did a software update today. Now when I boot up I get this error:

[75.640000] hda: drive not ready for command
[105.640000] EXT3-fs error (device hda3): ext3_find_entry: reading directory 2 offset 0

Boots in to what I think is the kernel

Is this an easy fix? Any help is really appreciated, I'm trying to do my accounts!
Old 02-05-2008, 01:54 PM   #2
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Well interesting situation you have come across. Basically my suggestions for how you can at least figure out what happen is:

1. boot of the live cd
2. mount your HD
3. read the log files
4. Could just be a config problem
5. Chroot into your env., and try to bug fix

Suggestions for the future:
1. Don't auto-update unless you are comfortable with these types of problems.
2. Know the updates; Make sure the update is necessary and that it will in fact "fix" something that is possible not working on your system
3. Backup
4. Backup
5. Backup ( Can never have too many backups)

If you find any strange log messages post them please. Sorry that i don't have a direct answer.

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Thanks Weisso5
If I boot up from a LIve CD will I be able to access any files from the hard drive? eg gnucash accounts.
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Select "recovery" mode at the grub prompt - this is single user mode, but more importantly for you allows you to see the boot messages. Should give you a better idea of the problem. Probably needs a manual fsck.


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