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Re: inode error, linux won't boot

On Mon, Jun 02, 2003 at 10:35:58AM -0400, Emma Jane Hogbin wrote:
> This is really quite strange. I was moving my office from one room to
> another. I hadn't shut down my computer and when I went to do a "sudo
> halt" it couldn't find "sudo". It was weird but I was in the middle of
> moving so I powered off my computer with the power switch.
> Now it won't boot. I'm getting an error about an inode block. I can boot
> into my Windows partition, but I can't get any of my kernels to boot (I
> always have a few kicking around). They all give an error about a block
> not being readable (there's actually a line or two before this as well but
> it scrolls before I can read it carefully):
> EXT2-fs error (device ide0(3,2): ext2_read_inode: unabled to read inode
> block inode=69633, block=278534
> Warning unable to open an initial console
> then it carries on 20 or so lines until this line:
> ISA irqs (default) = 3,4,5,7,9,12 PCI status changes
> and then it stops.
> I don't have a floppy drive, which means I don't have a recovery floppy.
> Of course, like everyone else this happens to, I really need to be able to
> keep my data intact (it is on its own partition). My backups are a week
> out of date so it's not missing critical, but ... well ... you know how it
> goes with data.
> thanks so much for any suggestions!
> emma
> --
> Emma Jane Hogbin
Do you have a cdrom installed and can you set your bios to boot from the cd.

If so can you borrow a bootable cd eg. Knoppix, BBC,etc. That way you can 
boot the cd and do things like fsck the harddrive partitions. That 'may' get 
you right off the hook.

I'm sure others are better advisors.

Keep us posted and good luck, there is no need to loose your data. 


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