I am having a serious issue with my Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit operating system. I am having a /boot failure issues compounded in partition mounting issues.
The cause may be important for you to know, since there are so MANY differentiating individual issues I have been working on with you since this has been happening I cannot recall all of them. I am not going to even begin to assist you here with these individual issues that very could be important factors. We don't need to add 12 paragraphs here. However, ask if you wish if you have a particular question you need to know as you form thoughts.
Also note, I am a newbie with Linux operating systems.
However, I am going to provide you the effects (problems) so you can help me with a solution:
When I boot with my Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit, I receive for some time now the “GNU GRUB version1.99-12ubuntu5” boot screen with a system boot option “Ubuntu, with Linux 3.0.0-17-generic” (Linux Ubuntu v. 11.10 64-bit) highlighted and ready to boot with a timer set to continue after x (I forgot the exact.) seconds -- maybe approximately 10 seconds on this GRUB boot screen. Yes, this is not typical unless if something is wrong with the booting process I am told. After another 10 seconds with the deep purple blank screen, I get the screen that states centered on the screen: “Ubuntu 11.10” “Serious errors were found while clicking the disk drive for /boot.” “Press I to ignore, S to skip mounting, or M for manual recovery.” Yes, this is absolutely not normal and something is seriously wrong here with Ubuntu booting and loading processes at this point. At different reboot instances over the last few days, I have tried all three letters. M – that requires Linux computer expertise. Forget it. I – doesn't seem to do anything – dead end. So I choose S to 'skip'. My system continues with the booting/loading processes. Now, I get to the Ubuntu login screen. Okay, things at this point are fine. I login successfully. My Ubuntu desktop loads. At the moment the last item finishes loading the desktop, at the bottom center area of my desktop, I get notifications for all my partitions in the form of small black rectangular pop-ups (all appear and disappear in a few seconds) messages indicating that they are now 'mounted'. This is something new this past day of receiving all my partitions on my computer 'mounted' messages.
This whole set of circumstances I have said above has been repetitive every time I turn ON my computer and run Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit operating system.
So it appears, there is a booting issue with my /boot partition. It seems I have to 'skip' or not mount my partitions in order for my system to boot, after which my system finishes loading, then all my computer's partitions mount automatically.
1. What is going on here with this whole scenario I have provided above... ...boot partition? ...'skip' mounting? ...automatically mounting all my computer's partitions after my system has booted and loaded? Please explain.
2. How can I get my system back working properly so the GRUB boot screen, the “Serious errors...” screen, and the mounting messages on the Ubuntu desktop to end? Please explain with steps for resolution -- short of telling me to clean reinstall Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit. (Yes, lets FIX THIS!)