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    h'llo y'all

    i installed suse 11 on my dell laptop running XP. first it was all smooth, then suddenly i couldnt boot into XP - stuck while loading mup.sys (windoze i can sacrifice )

    then linux loads fine except the partitions it made and added to fstab dont load. so no swap! i have to manually mount my /home so i can login as a user.

    when i edit fstab its all fine. but it doesn't load while booting. why? help!

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    Can you give us the contents of FSTAB


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    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_HTS726060M9AT00_MRH436M4HUTXVB-part9 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/sda10 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_HTS726060M9AT00_MRH436M4HUTXVB-part2 /windows/C ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_HTS726060M9AT00_MRH436M4HUTXVB-part5 /windows/D ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_HTS726060M9AT00_MRH436M4HUTXVB-part7 /windows/F vfat users,gid=users,umask=0002,utf8=true 0 0
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
    debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
    devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_HTS726060M9AT00_MRH436M4HUTXVB-part8 /home vfat acl,user_xattr 1 2
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_HTS726060M9AT00_MRH436M4HUTXVB-part6 /windows/E ext3 users,gid=users,umask=0002,utf8=true 0 0

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    AS far as I know if sda 10 is the place where you,re LInux programs are than there should also be a other part of the hard disk where you,re home dir is,
    More or less containing the next line
    ...../home/ EXT3 acl,user_XATTR 1 2
    I can not determine where you,re home dir is

    Last edited by dobby9; 11-Jul-2008 at 09:33. Reason: swave too soon

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    this is actually what is mounted when i login:

    linux-p4no:~ # mount
    /dev/sda10 on / type ext3 (rw,acl,user_xattr)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw)
    sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
    debugfs on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
    udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw)
    devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,mode=0620,gid=5)
    /dev/sda7 on /windows/F type vfat (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,gid=100,umask=0002,utf8=true)
    fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
    securityfs on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
    none on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw)
    gvfs-fuse-daemon on /var/lib/gdm/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=gdm)
    gvfs-fuse-daemon on /root/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev)

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    even my windoze isn't booting now so i'm thinking maybe i'll jst mount the ntfs partitions and backup my data.. and format ze whole drive and start from scratch..

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    Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    Default Re: Fstab not mounting

    We need more information. Please as root do an fdisk -l and post that back.

    Can you manually mount each of the partitions? Don't use a full mount command, just for example

    #mount /windows/C
    which will make the mount command use fstab.

    And by the way, why is /windows/E showing the ext3 filesystem?

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    Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x41ab2316

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 6 48163+ de Dell Utility
    /dev/sda2 * 7 4086 32772600 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 4087 7296 25784325 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 4087 5144 8490352 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda6 5144 5275 1060258+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 5364 6021 5285353+ b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda8 6022 6447 3413812 b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda9 6447 6641 1566306 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda10 6642 7164 4200966 83 Linux

    Yes! i can mount the partitions using 'mount'. thats what i have done to backup the data using brasero.
    And i cant understand why windows/E is ext3 and my /home is FAT32??

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    Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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    I started to post instructions on fixing all of this step by step, but if this is a new installation, I suggest that you just start over. Is that possible?

    If so, what is it that you want to end up with? Do you actually currently have 4 Windows partitions, 2 NTFS and 2 FAT? What is on sda7 and sda8, and do you have a backup?

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    Yes it is possible to start over. Since my windows is also not working (blue screen of death while booting), I rather want to format the whole drive and start afresh I suspect there might be partition table errors.

    Yes i actually have 4 windows partitions- 2 NTFS and 2 FAT
    sda7 is a drive created to store data accessible by both OS (FAT32)
    sda8 was the drive created for /home actually
    Yes I now have a backup

    I would ideally like to end up with a Linux system on which I can also run legacy windows software (using wine/vmware/etc if possible) without having to install windows


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