[K12OSN] In over my head

Rob Owens hick518 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 14 11:01:53 UTC 2005

I assume you're not using IDE drives, but just in

Somehow when I was switching things around in my
computer, I ended up with a "slow cable" (what is it,
40 wire?) running between my "fast" IDE controller and
my "fast" hard drive (ATA133 vs ATA100).  This caused
all kinds of read errors.  I thought I had a bad
drive, then I switched back to the "fast cable" (80
wire, I think--the one with the blue plug) and all was


--- Mark Sarria <mes4294 at lausd.k12.ca.us> wrote:

> 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
> failure.
> If you are able to get it running again, perform a
> full system backup. 
> --mark
> -----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?
> -- 
> C-ya,
> Mark
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