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thatbloke 10-05-2004 06:44 PM

Linux has stopped booting up after failed update
I'm using FC1. I got online for the first time in a very long while today with my linux partition and the red hat update thingy came up in the corner and said i had 216 updates to download... so i tell it to get going and after about an hour and a half, it has finally downloaded em all and it started installing them. It then failed on one of the modules, saying there was an error with it... leaving still 143 updates to go. I then rebooted it and now it doesnt boot up...

what happens is during the boot, when it comes up with all of the stuff telling you what its doing with the green OK messages, it now displays the following:

"Finding module dependancies: insmod: insmod: a module named bluez already exists

insmod: insmod: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.22-1.2115.nptl/kernel/net/bluetooth/bluez.o failed

insmod: insmod: insmod hci_usb failed"

It then gets to the part where it should come up with the GUI interface (sorry, bit of a n00b, dont know if thats right) and ask me to login... but instead says the following:

"INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 mins"

And after waiting 5 mins, the same message appears again... help!

I can, at this stage while its doing this, login into a command line interface, but thats about it... and i havent got a clue where/how to fix the problem.

Thanks in advance for any help

sether 10-05-2004 06:54 PM

just by reading the subject line, i knew it was fedora/redhat. chances are, you updated the kernel, which isn't updated correctly most of the time by fedora/redhat. all you should have to do is select the old kernel at boot - meaning, when you reach grub (just about the first thing after going through the BIOS), select the option with the lower kernel version number. if you don't know which is which, try all options till you get a successful boot.

kernel updates should be done manually, just for future reference...

thatbloke 10-06-2004 06:56 PM

i only have the one kernel version displayed... that and my windows xp partition... is there another way to try and use the old kernel???

thatbloke 10-10-2004 02:54 PM

BUMP! Plz? can anyone help me? am i even in the right forum?

sether 10-10-2004 03:01 PM

after re-reading your question, it may be messed up because it failed in the middle of an update of a component vital to your system. you can try to see what the FC cds have in terms of repair utilities.

if not, you could always reinstall but leave the /home directory intact. however, it depends what information you need to preserve on your system. don't go reinstalling though until you're sure there's no other way out.

thatbloke 10-12-2004 04:29 AM

ok thanks for the reply... there is nothing majorly important on there that i need to keep, as i have managed to get it all out and copied into my windows partition using a little ext2fs file browser i found, it allows me to browse and copy file to/from my linux drive! and it was free too.... :D which is a rarity for a USEFUL windows product, but hey, thanks for the help, I think i'll do a clean install, but i'll see if there is anything on the disks that can repair the installation first :)

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