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Old 09-25-2003, 04:23 PM   #1
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Linux can't boot because of bad fs?

OK, I just switched to Linux and I was planning on using it primarily. So what I did, was I used PartitionMagic to resize my Windows partition and I reformatted the empty space as Linux ext2, and I edited my /etc/fstab. The problem is, that now Linux won't recognize my new partition. I tried to boot it, but it tells me that /dev/hda5 has a bad magic number and superblock or something. It then boots into a rescue shell, but nothing works. I tried running vi to fix it, and it told me that vi command not found. Same with ls, man, and a bunch of others. I have a rescue disk, is that all I need? Thanks in advance.
Old 09-25-2003, 04:52 PM   #2
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You can use the rescue disk and re-edit fstab back to what is was before......reboot and go back over everything you did.......
.......oh, did you make a mount point for /hda5?? either put the mount point in /hda5 or /mnt/hda5...........
Old 09-26-2003, 01:59 AM   #3
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boot into linux using reacue disk and run fdisk /dev/hd* whrere * is ur disk no...

then recreate the partiton using fdisk and
make sure that its linux native partition...
inside fdisk : t {enter}
then change it to 83 ->linux antive and redo the cpoying and fstab editing


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