Mint 5 partition 'Lost in Action' . . . help needed

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Mint 5 partition 'Lost in Action' . . . help needed

Postby AfterEight on Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:36 pm

Hi, I have only been using ‌Linux since I happened upon the Linux Mint site the day after the release of Mint 5 rc 025 ? (cd in my tray so cant read what I wrote on it)
Have loved :P every minute of it even if it has been an up-hill climb. :)
So I really am a noobie in need of some help.

Everything had been going well until Sunday morning (I leave my pc on all the time) when going to check my email I only had a blank screen.
So I rebooted, got past the dualboot (grub ?) screen and then the
"error 15: file not found" message appeared.
Then a few reboots later it was the turn of the
"error 17: cannot mount the selected partition" message.

Googled the messages from inside xp.
Downloaded the supergrub cd.

Using SuperGrub Linux Mint 5 Partition info was
/def/sda4 ext3 /
hda4/sd4
hd0,3
hd0s4
Linux 58Gb

Note 0 = xp, 1 = Linux swap, 2 = Files, 3 = Linux native

But nothing worked.

So, I wondered if I went through the install from the Mint cd could I reinstall without formatting the partition. Good idea, but although the partitions are still there ( sight of relief ) It only lets me go further if I format. Pity.

Using the Mint 5 cd I typed the following into Terminal
mkdir /mnt/hda4
mount /dev/hda4 mnt/hda4
reply = mount: mount point /mnt/hda4 does not exist

Also tried find /boot/grub/stage1
reply = find: /boot/grub: No such file or directory

Is there anyway to either edit the MBR or reinstall Mint keeping my programs and files intact.
BOINC / seti@home took me ages to setup, and there are files that I really could do with keeping or copying from the partition.

If any further information is required please let me know.

Thanks in advance for any help, but please, keep it simple.
Also If I am being a right idiot noob, try not to laugh too loudly. :oops:

Cheers, AfterEight
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Re: Mint 5 partition 'Lost in Action' . . . help needed

Postby lakehousetech on Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:40 pm

Have you tried using the recovery console to repair x?
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Re: Mint 5 partition 'Lost in Action' . . . help needed

Postby AfterEight on Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:14 pm

Hi lakehousetech, thanks for your reply.

Forgive my noobieness but i cant find a 'Recovery Console' in Mint. :oops:

I have tried a couple of other flavours/distros like Ubuntu, Edubuntu and Slax live cd's that i have downloaded but none of them could help.

I did use the Partition Editor in Mint and could change flags (?) ... no idea what it means or the damage it could tho.
So I didn't change any, but just in case it helps here is what it would let me change the flags to ...
Manage Flags on /dev/sda4
Boot, Hidden, LBA, LVM, Palo, Prep and Raid

Would changing a flag on /dev/sda4 to boot help ?
Gparted also lets me 'see' that the partition is there but thats about all i can do.

Even if i could get my files copied over to another HDD, CD or USB I would be happy to restart.

Thanks again.
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Re: Mint 5 partition 'Lost in Action' . . . help needed

Postby lakehousetech on Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:04 pm

Recovery console is under your grub menu when you restart. The only limiting factor will be whether you specified a root password when you installed Mint. Either way you should have no problems copying files over to other partitions while using the live CD. Good luck.
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Re: Mint 5 partition 'Lost in Action' . . . help needed

Postby merlwiz79 on Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:22 pm

It's says
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Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic (recovery mode)

Linux Mint doesn't use hdX it uses sdX.
You may find the answers you need in the Wiki.
You might just need to reinstall Grub.
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/HOWTOs
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Re: Mint 5 partition 'Lost in Action' . . . help needed

Postby AfterEight on Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:12 am

Thanks for your help and advice guys.

I have tried them and loads of others to get it up and running again, but no joy.

Supergrub and Gparted both tell me that the partition is there, but nothing else can access it.
The Mint Live Cd, when I go thro' an install can see it too, but it askes me to format it. No joy.
Tried other Rescue Live CDs, all the same.

So once I reboot from the Live CD here, its reinstall a basic 'exshpee' with Mint straight after.
I will probably also see about installing some other 'distro' - have read lots in the past week or so -
Not sure which, if any. But I am willing to try.

Pity I lost my files and emails, but hopefully Seti@Home will be a little easier to setup this time.

Hope to see you all soon.
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