Ext3 Errors in laptop with debian sarge

Jois admin at screentiful.it
Tue Aug 31 14:33:15 UTC 2004

hi, i have a laptop: asus l5800gm, with a dual boot system: windows xp and 
linux (debian sarge with kernel 2.4.25)
These are the errors when I perform fsck.ext3 -y /dev/hdc1.

>pass 1: checking inodes, blocks and sizes
>error reading block 1090648 (attempt to read block from filesystem resulted
>in short read) while reading indirect blocks of inode 360671. Ignore error?
>Force rewrite? yes

It happens randomly, and sometimes it goes straight through pass 2, 3, 4 
and 5; and sometimes it asks me other things as "connect to /lost/found" or 
something like that, I don't remember right now. It didn't happen last 
time, yesterday; just that questions "ignore error" and "force rewrite"
And, after rebooting, the system date is 2 hours later! I mean, if the 
current time is 16:00, it says 18:00, both in Windows and in Linux!
The computer has been repaired last June, as the mainboard crashed down, 
and for a month I stopped getting these problems, now they started again, 
from 21st of August 2004; the Asus customer support told me, when I got the 
PC repaired, that the hard disk was OK.
Could they be wrong? Could I have a damaged hard disk?
My situation is particular, as I am a blind user I have to use a special 
aid, called BRLTTY; unfortunately it doesn't start when the error occurs 
(give root password for maintenance or type ctrl-d to exit...")
and then I type the root password, it says none and there is the prompt 
with #, so I type brltty and the braille device starts regularly, so I can 
perform fsck.
For this reason, I did not try to mount the partition using a live 
distribution as Knoppix, because I do not know how to start it with BRLTTY.
Could someone please help me with the Ext3 problems?
Bye & thanks!

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