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Voreas
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:40 pm    Post subject: fsck.ext3 error on boot-Help Reply with quote

Hello to u all and have an interesting new year.

This is my first post in the forum and i''m relatively new in linux. In the past i used fedora.

This is my third not working attempt to install gentoo on my system.
All three of them turned to the following error while booting:

* Checking root filesystem....
fsck.ext3: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/ROOT
/dev/ROOT:
The superblock cannot be read or does not describe a correct ext2 filesystem....

Note that i use it with 2 windows xp on primary partitions on the same disk and i have installed the /boot in a primary partition but the root partition and the swap in the extended partition of the windows xp as logical partitions.Grub works fine...

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/hda1 * 1 2040 16386268+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 2041 3345 10482412+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda3 3346 7292 31704277+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda4 7293 7296 32130 83 Linux
/dev/hda5 3346 5940 20844306 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda6 5941 6132 1542208+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda7 6133 6257 1004031 83 Linux
/dev/hda8 6258 7292 8313606 83 Linux



default 0
timeout 30
splashimage=(hd0,3)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz

title=Gentoo Linux 2.6.13-r5
root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.13-gentoo-r5 root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrcs ramdisk=8192 real_root=/dev/hda8 udev vga=0x318 video=vesafb splash=silent
initrd /boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.13-gentoo-r5

title=Windows XP
root (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1

Any help would be valuable!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voreas,

Happy new year and welcome to Gentoo.
You have skipped the bit in the handbook that tells you to edit your /etc/fstab.

The words in capitals, like /dev/ROOT need to be replaced with the partioin of your root partion.
In the handbook it would be /dev/hda3. Yours may be different, /dev/hda8 perhaps?

Boot the liveCD, mount your root partition on /mnt/gentoo then
Code:
nano -w /mnt/gentoo/etc/fstab
will allow you to edit it.

Look out for BOOT and SWAP while you are there check the filesystem types too.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is my fstab

/dev/BOOT /boot ext2 defaults,noatime 1 2

/dev/ROOT / ext3 noatime 0 1

/dev/SWAP none swap sw 0 0



none /proc proc defaults 0 0

none /dev/shm tmpfs nodev,nosuid,noexec 0 0



/dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,user 0 0

#/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto 0 0



# NOTE: The next line is critical for boot!

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks alot neddy

i will try it out right away
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think i edited fstab like u said

/dev/hd4 /boot ext2 defaults,noatime 1 2
/dev/hd8 / ext3 noatime 0 1
/dev/hd7 none swap sw 0 0

none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs nodev,nosuid,noexec 0 0

/dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,user 0 0
#/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto 0 0

# NOTE: The next line is critical for boot!
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0

I edited the fstab but the error remains the same this time:

* Checking root filesystem....
fsck.ext3: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/hd8
/dev/hd8:
The superblock cannot be read or does not describe a correct ext2 filesystem....
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol it worked finally i must stop drinking while installing gentoo!!

Many thanks, u guys doing a great work in here! keep up.
Hope to gain some experience and help other users in the forum in return.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Duplicate Threads.
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