Re: [opensuse] total system crash

On Monday 01 August 2011 02:51:50 am george olson wrote:
I have a new hard drive that I just put on an old pc. I am experimenting
around with things, and this is the sequence of what has happened.

- first, I installed suse 11.4 and ran it ok for a few days. Had some
problems with the monitor and networking.
- I installed windows xp in place of suse 11.4, over-writing the hard
drive with windows xp files. I needed to check some things.
- I reinstalled suse 11.4 and again it ran ok once. On the install I
wiped over completely all the windows xp files (using the suse
installation utility)
- the next day I brought my computer to a tech store to purchase a new
motherboard. Before the purchase, we turned it on to boot up to suse
11.4 from the hard drive, and it would not boot up. It said "error
loading boot system" or something like that. It did not make it anywhere
even near loading anything from the hard drive, as if the hard drive
failed. This was only the 2nd time that I powered up the pc after
re-installing suse 11.4.
- I installed the new motherboard (to get more memory) and again tried
to boot from the hard drive, and it would not boot from the hard drive
- I booted from the cd and went to re-install suse completely again. It
ran through the whole setup sequence and did not indicate any errors. I
did a complete re-install from the beginning. It performed the initial
re-boot as part of the install sequence and brought up KDE. There was a
problem with my video driver or something, as my screen only showed a
series of horizontal lines of alternating green white and black colors.
There was nothing readable.
- I did a ctrl-alt-f2 and brought up the terminal window, but I didn't
really know what to do from there because I am not really familiar with
the commands. At this point I thought my only problem was the video driver.
- I powered off the pc.
- later I tried to boot up again, and again I got the same error as
before "error loading boot system" and it did not get close to loading
linux at all. That is the way it is now when I try to boot up from the
hard drive.
- I put in the install disk again and went to "rescue system". I typed
in "root" as the login with a blank password, and got a terminal command.

That is where I am now. I can get into the rescue system but not much
else. I can't imagine that my hard drive has failed, as it is only 1
week old. I think that when I installed windows xp on it, microsoft did
something to prevent me from installing another system over the top of
xp, and now I can't access anything.

I remember on the setup having 3 partitions, as swap, a root, and a
home. I had the max size on all 3, I think they were 2gb, 20gb, and
465gb or something like that. I have a 500gb drive.

So, can someone help me first of all to get my directories back? I only
know enough to get into the rescue system. I don't know the commands to
use from the rescue system, or what to do from there. If I need to
provide any more information, please tell me what commands I need to use
to find it out.

Thanks in advance!

it sounds like you picked up your pc, put it in ca car, moved it to another
location, plugged it in, did not work. If that's the case, before
trying anything else, please unplug it from the wall and open up the case.
unplug and plug again every plug you see inside. remove and reinsert every
memory stick. remove and reinstall every card if you have any. do that twice.
Then recheck how things are connected in the back (video cable, keyboard,
mouse, audio etc); then plug the computer to a power strip and it should
when a computer is moved from one place to another and it stops working, the
most likely thing that happens is some connection goes down. or the things we
plug in the back get mixed up. been there, done that myself. so far, using
the screwdriver to take the case cover off has worked *every* time.
good luck,

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