System has crashed

Asked by Ian Brownlie on 2008-02-28

      My system will not boot. During start up I get the message " An automatic file system check of the root system failed.....The root system is currently mounted in read-only mode.....A maintenance shell will now be started. After performing system maintenance, press CONTROL-D to terminate the maintenance shell and restart the system. Give root password for maintenance. or type CONTROL-D to continue."
  That's as far as I can go. When I enter my root password I get the message " Incorrect password." if I type control-d it just goes through the whole process again. I am using a friends computer to request this help and desperately need mine up and running to get some vital information. Can someone please help.

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Tom (savehisyouth) said :

Sounds as if your Master Boot record may have become corrupted. This might work. Take your Hard drive and place it on another IDE or Sata channel. Boot into your friends main HDD and go into MY COMPUTER. You should see your HDD along side C: drive. Right click 'Your drive" and click "Explore". Theoretically, you should be able to access all your info this way and backup all info. Then format the hdd in your friends PC, put it back into yours, and re-install windows or Ubuntu.

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Ian Brownlie (ibrownlie) said :

  Thanks Tom, but is there no other way? My friend lives 60 Km away, I'm now on a neighbours computer and won't be seeing my friend for a week or so. I really need the info asap.

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Olivier (olivier-lacroix) said :

Hi !

use an ubuntu liveCD and repare your partition using gparted. That should be enough.

Tell me if you have any problem

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Ian Brownlie (ibrownlie) said :

 Thanks Oliver, all fixed. Sorry about the delay but when you're borrowing someone else's computer you don't have much say in it. Anyway, thanks again.