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From: Colleen Beamer <colleen.beamer@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] Boot situation
Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 15:15:02
1 Hi all,
3 Please read this carefully. Don't take offense, I'm not insinuating
4 that you wouldn't. It's just that I don't want to get myself into more
5 of a pickle than I'm in! ;-(
7 This morning as I was getting my son off to work, he got me upset about
8 something and I walked over to my laptop and instead of hitting the 'On'
9 button, I accidentally hit the 'Media Direct' button. (I'm explaining
10 the why so you won't thing that I'm a total airhead!). The laptop is a
11 Dell XPS M1710. The Dell Media Direct Splash screen display, but of
12 course, did nothing else 'cause there is only Linux on the laptop.
15 Anyway, this corrupted my boot partition, but I was able to fix that. I
16 just deleted the partition that hitting the 'Media Direct' button made.
17 It put this at the end of the hard drive, but it was made the bootable
18 partition and had a DOS/Windows partition type.
20 I deleted the partition that hitting the 'Media Direct' button had made,
21 then recreated a new Linux partition with an ext2 file system and made
22 this bootable where the original boot partition had been.
24 Then, I followed the Gentoo Handbook, doing all the relevant steps
25 except for downloading software that was already there. I chroot'd into
26 my environment to install grub - I did all the relevant steps including
27 chrooting into my own environment. In my chroot'd environment, I can do
28 an 'ls' and it reads the drives. I can also edit files like grub.conf
29 and fstab, so there isn't a problem with my remaining partitions after
30 reconfiguring the boot partition.
32 I reinstalled grub, created grub.conf and ran grub-install and that was
33 successful.
35 However, when I reboot, I get a garbled screen, but I *can* make out the
36 text, although barely.
38 It goes through the boot process and gets to the point where 'Activating
39 mdev' is displayed
41 Then, the following is displayed:
42 Determining root device
43 Block dev sda3 is not a valid root device
44 The root block device is unspecified or not detected.
46 Of note and I'm not sure if this is where the problem is, is that when I
47 was mounting my partitions prior to chroot'ing into my own environment,
48 I got a message about maximal mount count and it told me I should run
49 e2fsck. I tried this and got an error message. However, my hard drive
50 is not ext2, it is ext3.
52 I apologize for the length of this, but I wanted to try to explain
53 everything. I'm having fits here - I'm writing from my old 686 computer
54 which did have all my files on it. However, I ftp'd them to my webspace
55 and then back down to the laptop. When I did that, I deleted most of
56 them off the 686 and as luck would have it I didn't do a recent backup
57 from the laptop. I do have an older backup, but would lose some recent
58 files if I can't get my laptop up and running without a reinstall.
60 Thanks in advance for your help.
62 Regards,
64 Colleen
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Re: [gentoo-user] Boot situation Alan McKinnon <alan@××××××××××××××××.za>