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Old 11-11-2004, 02:11 PM   #1
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Unhappy I am not able to boot Linux.


I have 40 GB disc space.
Out of that I am using 30GB for my Windows 2000 and Other 10 GB for Linux.

Accidentally, when I was working in Linux, I switched off my system.
From that time, I am not able to work in Linux.
1) It is saying "SOme files got currupted because of improper shutdown"

2) Then it says " Checking root file system "
3) After that, asking for root password:
4) After giving my root password, I am not sure waht to do?

Unfortunatly I don't even have rescue floppy for Linux.

Please help me in solving this problem.

eagerly waiting for responce....

Thanks in advance.

Thanks & Regards,
Old 11-11-2004, 02:34 PM   #2
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I need a bit more info. It would be good to know which distribution you're running. But anyway, if you have a prompt you're running Linux. If you're logged in as root and want to log in as yourself, type "logout" then enter your normal username and password and you're in as yourself. To start the GUI, type "startx"

If your bootloader is grub and you haven't been able to get to a prompt, when the grub screen is up, type "a" and then "single" to get into single user mode and fix whatever problems you may have.

Sorry to be so general in my recommendations, but without more info from you, this is about the best I can do.

Good luck,

Jim Dishaw
Old 11-11-2004, 04:52 PM   #3
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It sounds like there might be an error on your root partition that fsck can't fix at boot time. After your asked for the root password and have a command prompt run fsck on your root filesystem manually, which should fix the problem. (Note that a file or two might be corrupted, but that's already done, nothing you can do about it now. Look in the directory /lost+found after the system is running to see if fsck dumped anything in there. On the other hand it might be some minor fixable problem and everything will be fine.)

fsck -t ext2 <partition device>

[where <partition device> is the partition your using for linux (or the root linux partition ( '/' ) if your using more than one) such as, for example, /dev/hda2 ]

then reboot

shutdown -r now


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