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Old 01-09-2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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x virtually unusable, strange errors


im really lost here. everything on my system worked beautifully last night on my slackware multilib -current machine.

i closed the lid and went to sleep after browsing the web. i woke up this morning to a strange error by the screensaver. it said something about the login not functioning and that i would have to kill the proccess manually. then everything locked up and i couldnt move the mouse or type. i rebooted, and tried to start X, but that wouldnt work at all. it just said "starting X", my cpu use light started flashing, and then nothing happened for 20 minutes.

i finally got x to start up by uninstalling and reinstalling my video card drivers. now however, X loads up, and lags insanely bad. it took 5 minutes to open a terminal.

im so lost here, i havent changed anything between last night and this morning. i wasnt even on the computer.

attached are my Xorg log and the output of dmesg.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:21 PM   #2
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I'm currently running fsck on the partition from a live cd. It's been reporting hundreds of errors. Is it possible that the drive is simply corrupted?

edit: that helped a bit, but its still running very slowly.

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Old 01-09-2011, 12:28 PM   #3
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That's not good, the drive may be dieing. Wait for fsck, and then try to backup important info, because you never know. If it still works, run badblocks or smartctl long test.
 
Old 01-09-2011, 12:41 PM   #4
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Well after fsck, I tried to boot again, it loaded up fine, but then i got th same errors. I'm running badblocks now, so far its found around 150.

If the drive is dying, should i dd it to my external?

Or could this be caused by something else?
 
Old 01-09-2011, 12:54 PM   #5
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If the drive is dying, should i dd it to my external?
Yes. If badblocks is finding problems, you should work quickly to backup anything important. If dd hangs, check into dd_rescue.
 
Old 01-09-2011, 12:59 PM   #6
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Ok. Doing that now. One last question: when I replace the hard drive, will i be able to simply dd the backups to the drive, or will I be starting over with my installation?
 
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Ok. Doing that now. One last question: when I replace the hard drive, will i be able to simply dd the backups to the drive, or will I be starting over with my installation?
If you can get an exact replacement then you can dd the backup over the new drive, but otherwise you could make some new partitions, format and mount them, and then copy the files over from your dd image (loopback mounted). If you can make a good dd backup, there will be a way to use it later.
 
Old 01-09-2011, 02:19 PM   #8
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