[ILUG] Can an ILUG guru save me?
Niall O Broin
niall at linux.ie
Sat Mar 5 16:32:23 GMT 2005
On 5 Mar 2005, at 15:05, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> On Friday 04 March 2005 22:41, Niall O Broin wrote:
>>> I thought there were lots of copies of the superblock,
>>> but how does one tell where they are?
>> One does mke2fs -n <OPTIONS> /dev/hda3
> Thanks very much. That did indeed work,
This is a bit much. While I'm pleased for Tim, it's rather galling that
alternate superblocks have worked for just about everybody on the list
at some time or other, except me :-(
> or at least the partition is now recognised as ext3. I'm presently
> running "e2fsck -y" on this partition, and it has found approximately
> infinity errors.
I know that story - but at least you'll end up with a filesystem which
is consistent, even if it is full of garbage.
> I guess in the end I shall have to re-install ...
Sounds likely alright.
> I might have mentioned that Windows-2000 on /dev/hda1 also failed to
> start, though in an incomprehensible way (a blue screen full of data I
> did not understand).
It certainly sounds like something stomped all over hda.
> I know this sounds like a bad disk, but I have a feeling it is
> something worse.
Well, it seems you had disk problems, which were either simply disk
problems (they happen, a lot) or else were caused by problems with your
computer's disk subsystem.
> I guess I'll have to try changing the disk,
Well, you might first try beating on the disk from Linux (if it'll
actually boot, or maybe you could use LNX-BBC or Knoppix or some such
bootable CD) and do tail -f /var/log/messages and watch for disk
> but I really hate taking the Picturebook to pieces. All the Sony
> advice files show Japanese girls
> with long thin fingers undoing things I can't even reach ...
They weren't Sony advices - that was porn anime :-)
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