Thread: os problem

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    os problem

    A normal session on BSD would take me to a login where I would provide userid and pw at the command line. Something has happened and now I get the msg: enter full pathname of shell or return for /bin/shell. Then I get a hash sign prompt (#) instead of the normal dollar sign prompt. I get the prompt I would normally get if I logged in as root. with this prompt I don't seem to be able to get to my home directory and certain commands don't seem to be recognized(e.g. vi and man). Several warnings flash by when the thing is firing up:

    / was not properly dismounted.
    ad): Failure-Read_DMA status=SI<Ready, DSC ERROR>error 40<uncorrectable> LBA=262463

    does anybody know what is going with this and how to fix it?
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    That is telling you that your hard drive has sector errors.
    Depending on the filesystem you used, you could try booting from a LIVE linux or BSD CD, and running FSCK on your BSD install partition to see if it can repair the damage.

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