SLES10 sp1 stop booting

JarlK
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My SLES 10 sp1 was not responding on keyboard or mouse, the NSS shar did run like normal.
We did a restart of the server, that means we killed it on the switch.

Now we get an error on booting, it stops at:
INIT: No inittab file found
Enter runlevel
And the keyboard do not respond.

If we start in failsafe mode, it stops at:
INIT: Entering runlevel 3
INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel

We tryed repair with the source disk, no luck.

Does anyone have a good idea ???
Thanks
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Check your RAM with memtest86+, and if that doesn't give you any errors, run the HD manufacturer's diagnostic utility, provided it is a single HD.

After that if both tests are fine, boot with a linux livecd and run fsck..... on your partitions.

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Memory tested no error.

The test with 'fsck' has been runned!

There is some issues with the root partition.
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Is it a single disk or a raid array?
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it's a single disk!
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Then first run it's diagnostic tool as I mentioned earlier, it should tell you whether the disk should be replaced or not, and if not, but it finds errors, it should give you an option to repair those errors as long as they are just a few. After that run fsck again so that it can repair file-system errors.

Don't forget, if necessary, to backup whatever is important first.

You can find the Diagnostic tools of most manufacturer's on the UBCD:

http://ultimatebootcd.com

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There is no error on the disk.

The error i get is there is no valid root partition
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How did you startup when you got that error?

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I boot from my SLES installation disk, select other options and tryded repair installed system
Then i tryed Boot installed system from the same menu, and it say no Linux root partition found
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Try using a liveCD, maybe like PartedMagic:

http://partedmagic.com/

and then use it's GParted tool to show the partitions, and you can also use it to do fsck things etc.

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In GParted i can see my partitions:
/dev/sda1 linux-swap
/dev/sda2 reiserfs
/dev/sda3 unknown

I use EVMS and NSS for my share.

I dont know where the root partition should be ??
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It would either be sda2 or 3. How large are both of those partitions and how much empty space is left on them?

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sda1 linux-swap is 2.01 Gb
sda2 reiserfs is 18.38 Gb 9 Gb used
sda3 unknown is 128.66 Gb no info used
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It looks like sda2 is your / (root) partition. Can you try to mount it using the liveCD?

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Yes that is no problem i can browse the files and directory
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Then make sure you have backed up whatever you need. Then try fsck.reiserfs --rebuild-tree
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Okay we got it to work!

We took a new disk, installed SUSE SLES 10 from the beginning with i manager!

Then we could see the NSS drive : See screenshot!

Thanks for your attention.
NSS.png

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