I am just starting with ubuntu and I was able to successfully install the 12.04 server on an old Dell SC440 server and all was well until this morning. This morning I saw a message about a hard drive problem and it is the boot drive. It says immediate failure is eminent. I know that there is, or should be a way to find the errors and repair the drive, but obviously it can not be done on a active (mounted) drive. I do not know any of the shell commands yet, let alone how to get out of the GNOME to the shell. Could someone assist me an provide the directions on (1) how to exit to the shell (Ok, you can stop laughing now) and (2) the command to reboot the system and check and repair the drive prior to bringing up the system. (6 months from now I will be embarrassed by this request, but now is when I need the assistance! LOL
If I have to ditch the drive or reformat and reinstall, so be it, installation was not too bad..
Thanks in advance