[mythtv-users] System melt down

Damian damian at gingermagic.co.uk
Wed Jul 11 07:39:26 UTC 2007

Brian Wood wrote:
> Damian wrote:
> <snip>
>> What would you suggest I do from here? Doesn't look good to me, but 
>> maybe it's not all lost yet. Not quite sure what's going on, but 
>> hopefully I've given enough information to either shed some light or get 
>> a couple of suggestions.
> You should do exactly what it is telling you to do: run fsck manually.
> But of course you have to get to a working shell and minimal system to
> do that.
> You could possibly boot from one of the live CDs, or one of the
> pre-packaged rescue CDs like the "Ultimate Boot CD":
> http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
> (site seems down right now though)
> Unfortunately such preparations for a situation like this require either
> another working machine or having made such a disk ahead of time.
> Your MoBo's POST test is not happy, as indicated by the beep code. Most
> MoBos have a list someplace (docs or online support) of precisely what
> each beep code means.
> I'm guessing you have a failed hard drive, can you get to the BIOS setup
> screen, and does it show the hard drive(s) correctly?
> If you can get fsck to run manually from a shell, I'd use the -y option,
> or you will be typing "y" a LOT.
> Good Luck.

Thanks Brian,

I have a couple of working windows machines here so I'm downloading the 
UltimateBootCD now.

Excuse my ignorance, but should I simply run:
fsck -y
when I get to a command prompt?

 From the motherboard beep codes that I can find, the one I'm getting 
indicates a problem with the graphics card. That seems to not be the 
case though as switching graphics cards produces the same problem, but 
removing other cards seems to fix it.

I've started to have an idea about what's happened ..
Maybe something random failed (sound card?) which caused the computer to 
behave oddly, then the hard drive died because a file was copying over 
the net when I shut the computer down.

I'll really have lost faith in Linux if that's what has happened. I lost 
a hard drive to Linux a few months ago due to a power cut, and having 
the trouble now potentially because of shutting down while a file was 
copying. I know neither of those two things are great, but I've had the 
same countless times on windows machines and never had such dire 

Anyway, I'll try fsck and check how the drive looks in the bios.

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