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I just recently cant start up linux. I get to the part where it checks for errors on the drive and it finds errors on /dev/hdb5 and it says too many insonsistancies and lets me go into root but i cant do much there since not much will work in root. I cant even run man. It says run fcsk manually which i did and it does nothing. I have redhat linux and my redhat start up disk starts it up to install linux and wont just start it up. Is there a generic boot disk or some program that can fix this i can download through windows then use it on linux to fix stuff. Help!!!!!!
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fsck needs the disk partition to check
Use 'fsck /dev/hdb5' w/o quotes. Say yes to everything asked (/Never say no unless you are an expert and know what you are doing)

Then reboot, and your system will work fine.
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If you have lots of errors, and you are too lazy to type all those <y> answers, just try this:

fsck -y /dev/hdb5
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Sorry,  make that:

e2fsck -y /dev/hdb5
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BTW, I suspect the reason you are having  problems on the disk filesystem /dev/hda5 is because you powered-off without a proper "shutdown"??

If so, you must learn to do a proper shutdown, or else you will most likely have ongoing disk errors everytime you reboot.

If you press <Ctrl> <Alt> <Del> together
like in the DOS days, the Linux system will perform a proper and orderly shutdown.  This will take 30 - 45 seconds to complete, so you need to be patient.  Lots of messages will be scrolling down the screen.  When the one about rebooting the system now ( or similiar such words ) is displayed, you can turn off the power.

good luck!
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hey thanks guys. Yes, the reason is because I didnt shutdown the system right but its because when i logout from xwindows it doesnt go to the terminal it just goes to a black screen and i cant press or do anything except cntrl-alt-del which i didnt knkow worked till now thanks. My linux works now though and im happy :)
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thanks!!!
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