My FC5 installation is messed up after a motherboard+cpu change. kernel panic and hang. I ran the Fc5 installation disk with the option update current installation and to my surprise, fedora downgraded the kernel to the one supplied in the disk. The new kernel booted (some modules did not work) but got to a hard lockup after the HAL daemon thing. I came to beleive I need to reinstall FC5 but would like to have tons of custom src.rpms and personal files recovered first.
I used knoppix, Ubuntu, mepis and slax live cds but none of them could mount the partion which has the FC5 installation(at /dev/sda2). They only could mount the boot partition (/dev/sda1). They could also mount the ntfs hard drive (/dev/sdb1)
For example, knoppix says:
Could not mount device.
The reported error was:
mount: I could not determine the filesystem type, and none was specified
I thought it is ext3, isn't it?
Please help. What am I missing?
[EDIT 1] My drives are sata. One has windows on it and the other has the FC5.
[EDIT 2] Problem solved through linux installation disk in the rescue mode (linux resque). One I am in, I did:
# chroot /mnt/sysimage (or where ever the installation tree is mounted)
The I did
# yum update
This brought the newest kernel as well as bunch of othersoftware which was propably downgraded too with the kernel. The I logged out, then logged in and it worked.