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Old 02-27-2006, 02:20 AM   #1
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Question Mandrake 10.1 hangs at "Checking root file system" while booting


I recently tried Mandrake 10.1 coz i needed a change from Slack 10.
Instl was a breeze. I was able to log in once, to meet a sudden system freeze. On Pressing the reset button, the boot made it till "Checking root file system" and hung indefintely. No response from the KB or mouse.

Even my WinXP is acting funny now : sudden restarts. The dumpfile reveals a "recent hardware change" conflict.

What could be the problem?
My config :
AMD Athlon 2000+
Asus A7n22 MB
Nvidia GF 4 MX
256 MB DDR Ram

Apart from a recent Liteon DVD ROM, no HW changes were made.


Old 03-01-2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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If i were you i would load up a live cd/rescue system and check your hd for any problems. There is a program called spinrite (i've never used it though) for checking disks - i think its from, and you could use the tools that come on most bootable linux's to check your linux partitions for errors.

i believe there are reiserfsck, fsck, e2fsck, etc.

A warning though, i once used reiserfsck on the wrong filesystem and it ate my data. Be sure of what you are doing before you do it. Read the man pages, they are incredibly helpfull.


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