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restore linux install

My linux box stalls on boot before it loads the services. Is there any way I can boot the system into safe mode so I can at least backup mysql data. Ive tried using a boot disk but it still stalls at the same place
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In very disorder:
1) Have you got the install disks of your distribution. SuSE, RH etc make them bootable. And you should be able to boot a rescue system that way.
2) What distribution are you using? And what is the last message on the console?
3) Also from the lilo or grub prompt you could try to boot into runlevel 1: try typing "linux 1".
4) Last solution, take out the harddrive of your box, and connect it on another working linux box. You can then mount, and transfer your files.
Where does it stall. ?
on what line ?
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