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Good evening, I have had Mint Cinnamon on a laptop for a few months and it has been running better than it ever used to. However, today my daughter reported ...
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    Good evening,

    I have had Mint Cinnamon on a laptop for a few months and it has been running better than it ever used to.

    However, today my daughter reported a problem. On starting it goes to a screen asking us to choose between normal start, safe start or memory test. Opting for either normal or safe mode end up with an error messaeg saying:

    "Target filesystem doesn't have requested /sbin/init. No init found. Try passing init= bootarg."

    Any ideas please?

    Zip

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    Hello and welcome!

    Here's one idea:
    https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...repair-854196/

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    Thanks for the quick reply Fanderal.

    I will have a look through this again tomorrow. I must admit I did not understand the points in the link on first reading.
    But this is all new to me.

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    They are suggesting running filesystem check which is what the commands indicated. Use a Live CD to do it.

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    Thank you. I used the iso dvd i burnt originally and booted fine. Below ar ethe responses to the 3 codes:

    mint@mint ~ $ df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /cow 1004M 47M 958M 5% /
    udev 993M 4.0K 993M 1% /dev
    tmpfs 402M 952K 401M 1% /run
    /dev/sr0 879M 879M 0 100% /cdrom
    /dev/loop0 847M 847M 0 100% /rofs
    tmpfs 1004M 12K 1004M 1% /tmp
    none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
    none 1004M 432K 1004M 1% /run/shm
    none 100M 16K 100M 1% /run/user
    mint@mint ~ $

    mint@mint ~ $ fdisk -1
    fdisk: invalid option -- '1'
    Usage:
    fdisk [options] <disk> change partition table
    fdisk [options] -l <disk> list partition table(s)
    fdisk -s <partition> give partition size(s) in blocks

    Options:
    -b <size> sector size (512, 1024, 2048 or 4096)
    -c[=<mode>] compatible mode: 'dos' or 'nondos' (default)
    -h print this help text
    -u[=<unit>] display units: 'cylinders' or 'sectors' (default)
    -v print program version
    -C <number> specify the number of cylinders
    -H <number> specify the number of heads
    -S <number> specify the number of sectors per track

    mint@mint ~ $

    mint@mint ~ $ cat /etc/fstab
    overlayfs / overlayfs rw 0 0
    tmpfs /tmp tmpfs nosuid,nodev 0 0
    /dev/sda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
    mint@mint ~ $

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    There are no important files saved so should I just reformat and start again?

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    Herewith the details following the other code:

    mint@mint ~ $ df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /cow 1004M 71M 933M 8% /
    udev 993M 4.0K 993M 1% /dev
    tmpfs 402M 976K 401M 1% /run
    /dev/sr0 879M 879M 0 100% /cdrom
    /dev/loop0 847M 847M 0 100% /rofs
    tmpfs 1004M 24K 1004M 1% /tmp
    none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
    none 1004M 432K 1004M 1% /run/shm
    none 100M 16K 100M 1% /run/user
    mint@mint ~ $ sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda1,
    missing codepage or helper program, or other error
    In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
    dmesg | tail or so

    mint@mint ~ $ ls mnt
    ls: cannot access mnt: No such file or directory
    mint@mint ~ $

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    It looks like you may have a bad disk.

    Code:
    mint@mint ~ $ sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda1,
    missing codepage or helper program, or other error
    In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
    dmesg | tail or so
    Try running the mount command again and then you may get more useful information by running
    Code:
    dmesg | tail
    immediately afterwards. You could try running
    Code:
    sudo fsck /dev/sda1
    to see if you can fix the disk or at least mark the bad blocks. You say there are no important files so you should be OK.

    I recently had to fsck a 1.5TB external disk and it took over a day and a half so you may need to be patient!
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    You might succeed with the mount command if you specify the filesystem as below:

    sudo mount -t ext4 /dev/sda1 /mnt
    The df -h output all seems to be just from the Live CD as you don't have your hard drive partition mounted.
    The fdisk command failed because you used the number one (1) in the command and it should be a lower case Letter L.
    The ls command failed because you did not precede it with a forward slash which is necessary: ls /mnt

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    Thanks all. Sorry if I am slow but this is all new to me.
    Yaneck:
    sudo mount -t ext4 /dev/sda1 /mnt
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda1,
    missing codepage or helper program, or other error
    In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
    dmesg | tail or so

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