dell 2850 initrd problem.

Praveen_Paladugu at Praveen_Paladugu at
Thu Jun 3 14:19:52 CDT 2010

Are you able to read any files in the /etc directory at all? if not, you pretty much lost all the configuration information. 
I would copy all the important data over to an external storage, re-install and copy back the data unless you can fix the I/O errors with some tool.

From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Ron Croonenberg [ronc at]
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 12:38 PM
To: Paul M. Dyer
Cc: linux-poweredge-Lists
Subject: Re: dell 2850 initrd problem.

Hi Paul,

I already did that.

I have  /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2

if I run fsck on /dev/sda1  it warns about not finding /etc/fstab  but
than says that /boot is fine.

when I run fsck on /dev/sda2 I get the same fstab warning but then says
it can't find the ext2 superblock.
(bad magic number in superblock, corrupt super block or not an ext2

This was installed from the distro, so if  sda1 is ext2  then sda2 is
too(?).  The only thing done after the install of the distro was
upgrading the kernel from 2.6.12-1.667 to 2.6.12-1.1381


Paul M. Dyer wrote:
> boot into Rescue mode:  boot from CD, then "linux rescue"
> answer no when asked to try and mount filesystems.
> then run:
> fdisk -l /dev/sda   (find out what partitions you have)
> fsck /dev/sda1       (check the first partition)
> fsck /dev/sda2       (check the second partition)
> Paul
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ron Croonenberg" <ronc at>
> To: linux-poweredge at
> Sent: Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:25:45 AM
> Subject: Re: dell 2850 initrd problem.
> is it a good idea to run fsck from the rescue cd first?
> do something like fsck -v -y /dev/... (what ever the device is)
> or should I just use mkinitrd, and keep my fingers crossed it will
> create all the missing stuff again.
> (I might need fsck, because, as I mentioned, I saw some messages about
> an unclean shutdown, well..
> it crashed with a kernel panic)
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