Can one now help?

JD jd1008 at
Sun Jul 18 15:22:31 UTC 2010

  On 07/18/2010 07:39 AM, Parshwa Murdia wrote:
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>     From: Marko Vojinovic <vvmarko at <mailto:vvmarko at>>
>     To: users at
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>     Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 21:43:53 +0100
>     Subject: Re: Can one now help?
>     On Saturday, July 17, 2010 21:18:47 Parshwa Murdia wrote:
>     > I have stuck in an awesome problem. Having fedora dual booted
>     with windows,
>     > i edited the /etc/fstab and /etc/sysctl.conf files, but now my
>     PC is not
>     > booting in fedora, it is only booting in windows, though it is
>     showing the
>     > option to boot from fedora, but after selecting too, it seems as
>     if it is
>     > booting from that but after some time, again it ends to the
>     symbol of
>     > fedora which appears just before the user login page. While it
>     boots from
>     > fedora, if i press, alt+tab buttons, it shows in a black screen
>     that it
>     > cann't write pid, and some other comments like line 12 / 14 / 16
>     is bad of
>     > fstab. so what i do in this scenario?
>     Boot from the rescue/install CD/DVD, mount the root partition and
>     revert to
>     the old fstab file from the backup.
> Please let me know how can i mount the root partition? I have booted 
> from the fedora core 11 cd and the icon 'Install to Hard Drive' is 
> there now on my desktop, but i have not clicked the same, for mounting 
> and recovering back the old one, please let me know.
>     Learn to use rescue mode on the install CD/DVD, or use a Live CD
>     or similar to
>     access the fstab file, and fix it or revert to the backup you made.
> Using the live CD, how can i use rescue mode? and access the old fstab 
> file? after booting from the live cd, its showing the new fstab file.
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>     From: JD <jd1008 at <mailto:jd1008 at>>
>     To: Community support for Fedora users
>     <users at <mailto:users at>>
>     Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 14:31:48 -0700
>     Subject: Re: Can one now help?
>      On 07/17/2010 01:18 PM, Parshwa Murdia wrote:
>     Use the install CD/DVD and select rescue mode.
>     The rescue mode will try to moun the fedora partition and will as
>     for permission to do so. Answer in the positive.
>     Then, chroot /mnt/sysimage  and fix your fstab.
> Can you please explicitly let me know what and how to do? means what i 
> did is just booted from the live cd, and now the icon of installing it 
> again to the hard drive is coming which i am not at all touching. but 
> the thing is that, how in terminal i type and what i type? to mount or 
> backing up the old one??
>     You might want to copy your fstab to a usb stick (in case you are
>     still unable to boot into fedora),
>     and use your windows to follow this thread and post to it your
>     fstab so we can see what wlese might be wrong.
> same thing again, using the live CD, how can i use rescue mode? and 
> access the old fstab file? after booting from the live cd, its showing 
> the new fstab file.
Live CD also allows you to just boot the cd without installing it.
So, do not select install. just boot it and the desktop will come up.
in desktop, open a terminal:
Click Applications -> System Tools -> Terminal

in the shell terminal, mount your fedora partition:
su -
No password needed. just press enter.
mkdir /mydisk
mount /dev/sdXN /mydisk

where X is the drive letter and N is the partition number (starts at 1) 
where you installed fedora.

Now cd to your /etc and edit fstab and fix the problem.

If you do not know how to do that, post the contents of your fstab to 
this list
and I am certain someone will tell you what is wrong.

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