[K12OSN] In over my head

Mark Sarria mes4294 at lausd.k12.ca.us
Mon Jun 13 14:57:12 UTC 2005

Mark, been there myself, 
This sounds like a hardware failure in your system. Try reseating your hard
drive cables, or change them for newer ones. Hopefully it's not a hard drive
If you are able to get it running again, perform a full system backup. 


-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf
Of Mark Cockrell
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 7:38 AM
To: k12osn at redhat.com
Subject: [K12OSN] In over my head

Hello all,
    I need help.  I have set up a small K12LTSP lab for my church's 
Media Center.  I'm running version 4.2, and things have been running 
flawlessly for some time.  Unfortunately my luck seems to have run out.  
Yesterday when I attempted to boot up a client I was unable to login 
properly.  Gnome and KDE won't load.  IceWm will load, but I can't do 
anything once I'm there because it can't load Gnome.  I hooked a monitor 
and keyboard up to the server and found that I was getting repeated 
"segmentation fault" errors.  I rebooted the server and was greeted with 
a "Your system appears to have shut down uncleanly" message.  I pressed 
"Y" to "force file system integrity check." and was told that there were 
errors.  Per the instructions on the screen I ran "fsck" (I don't really 
even know what that is) and answered "yes" to everything it asked me.  
After that the system booted up, but with a number of "failed" status 
messages during the boot process.  Now, I'm basically back to where I 
started.  I can log on with the "Failsafe Terminal," but pretty much 
every command returns the "segmentation fault" error message.  
Naturally, I never bothered to make backups of anything, and I would 
really rather avoid a rebuild.  I booted from the CD using the "linux 
rescue" option, but really had no idea what to do once I got to the 
command prompt.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

"...The man who knows how will always have a job.  The man who also knows
why will always be his boss." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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