Matt Patterson matt at
Tue Oct 11 16:32:39 UTC 2005

It sounds like you have a disk that has failed, but based on your recent 
upgrade I would be very suspicious of that too. Are you able to stick 
the drive in an external enclosure or another computer to see if it can 
be read elsewhere?


Charles Malespin wrote:

> PLEASE HELP!  I came back to my computer after having left for a whle 
> and I got a bunch of errors saying that I couldnt open or do pretty 
> much anything cause it was read only.  I rebooted and during shutdown 
> it gave me a ton of errors saying about read only read only(they were 
> going too fast to remember specfics)  When I rebooted and got to grub 
> menu, I chose normal 2.6.10-5-686 kernel and it starts booting, till 
> it gets to ata2: disabling port.  Then it says
> EXT3-fs error (device sda5) : ext3_get_inode_loc: unable to read inode 
> block - innode=7209167, block=14417933
> * no inittab file found
> Enter run level: 
> If I pick runlevel 5 or 6 it says no more processes at this run level 
> and just hangs.
> Then I do a hard reboot at after picking the same kernel it gives me 
> an error saying
> Error 18: Selected Cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS. 
> Press any key to continue.....
> And if I pick 386, or XP(running dual boot), or recovery for any it 
> still gives me error.  So basically I cant boot into anything.  Please 
> help, i am a noob still so I dont know what to do.  I just did an 
> upgrade today(not to breezy, just a regular upgrade that had some new 
> kernel images and two other things) running hoary stable for a few 
> months with no major probs..  ANY HELP PLEASE!!  Thanks

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