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Old 01-10-2005, 07:21 PM   #1
neon_knight
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Fedora 2 problem, do I need to reinstall?


Not sure what caused it, but all of a sudden my Fedora (I think it's core 2, the cds I got were core 1 but it says 2.something in GRUB) would sit at the graphical boot screen when it started up. I forget what the message in console mode said, but after trying to wait for it to load (my patience ran out after probably 10 or 15 minutes), I decided to boot from the CDs and do a repair. Now it doesn't even get to the graphic part, it says something like "kernel not found, try passing init to kernel" (can't remember exactly). A friend of mine who's knowledgeable in Redhat told me I'd have to reinstall it. Since it was my first linux and really just an experiment I didn't keep much in the way of files on it, except for one thing I'd really hate to lose: all my email which is downloaded into Evolution.

My question is: Is there a way to fix this without reinstalling? If not, will the reinstall overwrite my email files? And if so, is there a way I can mount my linux partition under windows XP (done it the other way around before) and get the files off it so I could reinstall and put those back in the folder afterwards? (if this is the case you'd have to give me a file pathway since I have no idea where it'd be or what it would be called)

(sorry if this is in the wrong forum)

EDIT: Nevermind, I got it to work by doing "upgrade" from the installation cds.

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Old 01-10-2005, 08:09 PM   #2
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Well, if it's a grub problem, you could just (from a bootable cd or floppy) type 'linux root=/dev/hdx' where x is the partition # fedora is installed on. If it's a kernel problem. you'll either have to reinstall fedora or install a new kernel. If you want to reinstall, you can get a livecd and copy all the files you want to back up onto a pendrive/floppy/external drive/cd/dvd.
 
Old 01-10-2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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Well, if it's a grub problem, you could just (from a bootable cd or floppy) type 'linux root=/dev/hdx' where x is the partition # fedora is installed on. If it's a kernel problem. you'll either have to reinstall fedora or install a new kernel. If you want to reinstall, you can get a livecd and copy all the files you want to back up onto a pendrive/floppy/external drive/cd/dvd.
It would help tremendously if you could post the error message.
 
Old 01-11-2005, 07:13 PM   #4
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1. How do I tell whether it's a grub problem or kernel problem?
2. What exactly does that command do?
3. Do Live CDs of Fedora exist? Or will any Live CD like Knoppix work?
 
Old 01-12-2005, 07:38 PM   #5
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anyone?
 
  


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