[K12OSN] OT: hard drive emergency

Rob Owens robowens at myway.com
Wed Feb 2 11:59:56 UTC 2005

Forgot to mention one other symptom:  After the remote reboot, Mandrake would not mount the swap partition.  I ssh'd in and deleted, then recreated the swap partition and now swap works.  But all the other problems are still there.


 --- On Wed 02/02, Rob Owens < robowens at myway.com > wrote:
From: Rob Owens [mailto: robowens at myway.com]
To: k12osn at redhat.com
Date: Wed,  2 Feb 2005 06:43:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [K12OSN] OT:  hard drive emergency

<br>I know this is off-topic, but this is the only computer-related list I subscribe to.  And I'm in a big hurry...<br><br>My sister's laptop (Dell Inspiron 1150) is dual-booting Windows XP and Mandrake 10.1.  I was ssh'd into her system, changing her hostname (I changed /etc/sysconfig/network and /etc/hosts).  Then I rebooted her computer.<br><br>But I forgot that she had her iPod plugged into the usb port, which from past experience I know will cause her computer not to boot up (never even gets to the boot loader--and I have no idea why).  She was not available at the time to disconnect the iPod, so it sat.<br><br>Now the computer will boot into both Windows and Mandrake, but it seems to not be able to find certain files.  Mozilla in Windows won't open.  X will not start up in Mandrake (gives a file not found error).  <br><br>I was able to ssh back into her computer, since Linux does boot up in text mode.  I changed the host name back, just because I am superstitious, but !
it didn't improve anything.  <br><br>Her hard drive is clicking and the computer beeps at random.<br><br>Any ideas?  I'm 3000 miles away, and walking her through a complete reinstall of 2 operating systems over the phone is low on my list of things I'd like to do.<br><br>-Rob<br><br>_______________________________________________<br>No banners. No pop-ups. No kidding.<br>Make My Way your home on the Web - http://www.myway.com<br><br>_______________________________________________<br>K12OSN mailing list<br>K12OSN at redhat.com<br>https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/k12osn<br>For more info see <http://www.k12os.org><br>

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