Converting a friend to Ubuntu - Continued

Knapp magick.crow at
Thu Feb 18 21:58:13 UTC 2010

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 10:39 PM, Alain Muls <alain.muls at> wrote:
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>> Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:07:31 +0100
>> From: Lo?c Greni? <loic.grenie at>
>> Subject: Re: Converting a friend to Ubuntu - Continued
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>> 2010/2/18 David Robert Lewis (ethnopunk) <ethnopunk at>:
>>> Tab Gilbert wrote:
>>>> ? ? At startup he falls back to a root shell and his 2 ext4 disks (root
>>>> ? ? had errors, home was OK) had to be fsck before a new reboot (and he
>>>> ? ? wasn't yet at his 31st boot).
>>>> This is a little to technical for me but I know the recent Vista
>>>> security updates conks out grub. ?I posted the question on here a few
>>>> weeks ago but never got a response. ?The solution I googled up was a
>>>> little to much for me so I had to reinstall Ubuntu. ?I did not know
>>>> that Vista took three reboots to do the complete update so I got to
>>>> reinstall Ubuntu three times. ?I know this is not addressing your
>>>> question but there is something funky about the Vista security update
>>>> on a dual boot system. ?The problem might be the creation of Vista.
>>>> tab
>>> It's one of the reasons I don't enjoy duel boot systems and never
>>> recommend them. Windows always figures out some way to write all over
>>> grub. A clean single installation is always better.
>>     That's why I never put grub on the MBR of a dual boot system (and
>>  I don't understand why some distributions nearly compel you to put it
>>  there).
>>      Lo?c
> Hi All,
> There is no problem with grub and probably it is not windows fault
> since the second time it happened Windows hasn't run for a week. The
> linux ext4 partitions, certainly root by I also fsck home, have
> faults.
> Tx/Alain
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> Alain Muls                                      alain.muls at

First question, is the Linux clock correct on boot? Is the MS Window's
clock correct also?

Next question, could the HD be failing?

If you are sure about the first 2 then, I would at other ideas.

Douglas E Knapp

Open Source Sci-Fi mmoRPG Game project.

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