Locked up in boot process.

Steven Vollom stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net
Sat Aug 1 22:19:19 BST 2009


On Saturday 01 August 2009 08:56:00 pm John DeCarlo wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM, Steven Vollom 
<stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net>wrote:
> > On Saturday 01 August 2009 08:12:04 pm John DeCarlo wrote:
> > > On Sat, Aug 1, 2009 at 4:07 PM, Steven Vollom
> >
> > <stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net>wrote:
> > > > On Saturday 01 August 2009 07:07:54 pm John DeCarlo wrote:
> > > > > cat /etc/fstab
> > > >
> > > > I don't know if it makes a difference, but remember I am working from
> > > > a Live
> > > > CD.
> > > >
> > > > ubuntu at ubuntu:~$ ls -l /media/disk
> > > > total 32
> > > > drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2009-07-14 19:37 backup
> > > > drwx------  2 root root 16384 2009-07-14 19:37 lost+found
> > > > drwx------ 20 1001 1001  4096 2009-07-21 07:44 Shabakthanai
> > > > drwxr-xr-x 44 1000 1000  4096 2009-08-01 03:47 steven
> > > > drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2009-07-14 19:37 svpersonal
> > > > ubuntu at ubuntu:~$ cat /etc/fstab
> > > > aufs / aufs rw 0 0
> > > > tmpfs /tmp tmpfs nosuid,nodev 0 0
> > > > /dev/sdb1 swap swap defaults 0 0
> > > > ubuntu at ubuntu:~$
> > >
> > > OK.  For a Live CD, not too bad.
> > >
> > > Try this one, please:
> > >
> > >
> > > sudo fdisk -l     (or kdesudo fdisk -l)
> >
> > ubuntu at ubuntu:~$ kdesudo fdisk -l
> > kdesudo: Unknown option 'l'.
> > kdesudo: Use --help to get a list of available command line options.
> > ubuntu at ubuntu:~$ kdesudo fdisk -I
> > kdesudo: Unknown option 'I'.
> > kdesudo: Use --help to get a list of available command line options.
> > ubuntu at ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
> >
> > Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
> > 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
> > Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
> > Disk identifier: 0x00061a07
> >
> >   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
> > /dev/sda1   *           1       60801   488384001   83  Linux
> >
> > Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
> > 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
> > Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
> > Disk identifier: 0x000a81aa
> >
> >   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
> > /dev/sdb1               1        1945    15623181   82  Linux swap /
> > Solaris
> > /dev/sdb2   *        1946        4377    19535040   83  Linux
> > /dev/sdb3            4378       65165   488279610   83  Linux
> > /dev/sdb4           65166      121601   453322170   83  Linux
> >
> > Disk /dev/sdd: 1010 MB, 1010826752 bytes
> > 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 122 cylinders
> > Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
> > Disk identifier: 0x91f72d24
> >
> >   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
> > /dev/sdd1   *           1         123      987104    6  FAT16
> > Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
> >     phys=(121, 254, 63) logical=(122, 227, 40)
> > ubuntu at ubuntu:~$
> >
> > just want you to know how much I apprediate the help.  Thanks so much.
>
> So I guess you booted from LiveCD to try and fix your /boot/grub/menu.lst
> file.
>
> Here is how to do so:
>
> 1.  kdesudo mkdir /media/disk/boot
>
> 2.  kdesudo mount /dev/sdb2  /media/disk/boot
>
> 3.  kdesudo kate /media/disk/boot/grub/menu.lst
Kate opened when I finished the last instruction.  What a thoughtful bit of 
information.  Will menu.lst have information in it the next time I boot, or do 
I have to find and apply it to the file?

I don't know how the boot information and menu.lst information gets into its 
proper place, so I have to assume that perhaps it is automatic during the boot 
process.  I want very much to save this email, as for many I have received 
during this project, but being in Live CD, I will have to try to see if I can 
find enough space in a thumb drive.  In any event, thanks for the help. 

Was Zach your son?  Every time I look at your facebook entry, my heart breaks 
for you and those who loved him.  There is nothing really a stranger can say, 
and yet, my heart aches for you, and my hope is that he is in heaven having a 
great time.

 Additionally, you are those you love will be in my prayers.

Steven



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