First off, my problems are NOT the cause of ANYONE ON THIS FORUM...
In my thread about sensors, I got a reply to try a suggestion that came from the UBUNTU group. I should have know better than to try it, as if I don't totally understand what it is all about so I can translate it to FEDORA to prevent it from screwing up something, it will no doubt break something else. Well it happened, & was reflected in my grub kernel boot list, it added "garbage".
When I ran the command to recreate the grub2 config, it found my old F14 stuff which I had isolated. Evidently adding it into the LVM somehow, even though the LVM manager didn't seem to reflect this. In order to get rid of the F14 entry in the boot menu I though I'd delete my F14 since I no longer needed it. This not only hosed my F16 (error below) but also took out my BACKUP partition. Which is weird because as I clicked the last of the partition stuff for my F14 I saw it delete the BACKUP partition at the same time.
I ran TESTDISK to try to put it back & I had to run it DEEP to find the BACKUP, it found the F14 stuff w/o doing this. But when I try to put anything back TESTDISK tells me something like "invalid partition structure" (I spent all evening & I'm to tired to actually recall)
What gets me is, what the heck caused it to even TOUCH the BACKUP partition in the first place, let alone my not being able to get it back. & two what the heck happened with my F16?
Here is the error I get if I try to boot into F16:
--- after it tries to load the ramdisk ---
Dracut warning: no root device "block: /dev/mapper/volgroup-lv_root" found
Dracut warning: LVM vg_bigtux/lv_swap not found
dropping to debug shell
sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
BTW: those LV's appear to be for my F16 not the F14, the F14's had a "2" on it's name.
The only foreseeable "fix" that I have (at the moment) is to recreate the BACKUP partition
& copy it back from my external backup - then go from there with my image backups to rebuild the F16,
unless someone can give my a solution & hopefully a reason why all this happened.
But doing so, I'd loose about 5% of my stuff, I just added.