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Old 07-28-2011, 03:40 PM
Darlene Wallach
Default SOLVED how do I test laptop internal hard drive from Knoppix DVD?

Alan, Michael,

Thank you very much for responding! I am saving your feedback in my notes.

I used the graphical access on the Knoppix 6.5 DVD and finally saw the
internal hard drive then used a terminal window to use "ls" so I could
see that the hard drive appeared to be okay. I shutdown last night.

This morning when I booted it booted to where I had expected it would
have booted before - saying there was a problem and I then ran fsck -
then it successfully booted.

And I see from your response, that I should have done that when I
edited the boot prompt in the first place.

Thank you very much for taking the time to respond!

It is nice to have my laptop working again.

Darlene Wallach

On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 2:25 AM, Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk> wrote:
>> the progressive bar at the bottom of the screen starts out blue ending
>> with Fedora 13. When it reaches Fedora 13 it turns white and thats it
>> - nothing happens after that.
> Does it just go white or does it fade to white. A white screen sounds
> like the X server/graphics being the problem, so the '3' failure case is
> odd.
>> When I edit the boot prompt editing the kernel line - I add a space
>> and 3, it still does not boot, I get the text that I have not seen
>> before and it halts, I think that last thing displayed is "killed"
> The content of the text is somewhat important if you want anyone to be
> able to debug it.
>> I'm thinking I'm having a problem with the internal hard drive. It
>> shutdown last night and the problem started when I tried to boot this
>> morning.
> Boot with "init=/bin/sh"
> Then at the # prompt
> fsck -a /
> fsck -a /boot
> sync
> sync
> reboot
> This will bring up just the kernel itself and a shell (no init, no
> services), and you can then force a check of the file systems. If there
> is anything inconsistent on the Linux side that should show it up and
> probably fix it.

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