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    Startup Problem

    Ok, my laptop was running just fine (ubuntu 7.10), and I think the last thing I did was update (but I did not upgrade to 8.04). When I start up now, it says there is an error on the disk and checks it, then comes up with this output:

    Inode 13910689 (/usr/share/python-support/python-gobject/ has invalid mode (00).
            (i.e., without -a or -p options)
    fsck died with exit status 4
     * An automatic file system check (fsck) of the root system filesystem failed.
    A manual fsck must be performed, then the system restarted.
    The fsck should be performed in maintenance mode with the root filesystem mounted in read-only mode.
     * The root filesystem is currently mounted in read-only mode.
    A maintenance shell will now be started.
    After performing system maintenance, press CONTROL-D
    to terminate the maintenance shell and restart the system.
    bash: no job control in this shell
    bash: groups: command not found
    bash: lesspipe: command not found
    bash: Command: command not found
    bash: The: command not found
    bash: dircolors: command not found
    bash: Command: command not found
    bash: The: command not found
    What does it mean, and how can I fix it? Thank you so much.

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    It means that fsck found an error on your Hard drive and you need to run the command manually. I would suggest that you boot your Ubuntu LiveCD and run fsck from there.
    The command would be something like
    fsck -t ext3 /dev/hda1 for the 1st partition /dev/hda2 for the 2nd and so on. If you want to check the entire drive you could use
    fsck -t ext3 /dev/hda
    Or if you have SATA drives, then use this
    fsck -t ext3 /dev/sda1
    Also, be sure the partition that you are repairing is not mounted when you do this.
    See the man page for lots of good info on fsck
    man fsck
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