Posted this at the end of a thread i was reading earlier on but i think my problem may be different so, new thread!
having same problem as above but cant seem to solve it with what i've found so far. I can only get to a command line by booting recovery mint linux(daryna)... I have a dual boot set up mint & XP pro with 4 main partitions (first one is dell utility, second is XP, third is extended for linus mint [holds / , /home & /swap] and fourth partition is an NTFS formatted for XP). I have installed Mint light. When I turn on PC its doesnt automatically go to the grub menu, it give me a screen with linux mint background pic and a text box in top left corner that look a bit like this:
/ ----- pstk------------------rstk--- \
:0 5ffae. a :
:1 5ff8a. a :
:2 2c244. 4 :
:3 147. 9: 0: fffffff. 5:
:4 a. 1: 1: 1462. 5:
pressing enter then takes me to the grub menu where i can adequately boot into XP.
When I try to boot to linux Mint however there are a few problems...
something only happens when booting into recovery mode (ie normal boot fails miserably)
then i get a few bad file names in sda1 (the dell utility drive I think) with error message
fsck died with exit status 8
*File system check failed.
i get a shell in recovery mode but pressing ctl-D doesnt boot normally as suggested by the messages...
what gives? any quick fix? is the dell utility partition causing problems? I noticed when I was making partitions in gparted from live CD that there was a triangle with ! beside the dell utility drive. Is the problem related to this in any way?
why is linux even having a look at that partition if i contained mint to sda3-6?
Anyone with suggestions?