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Same problem was faced by others and so all ready they are 3 questions all most same as this one but two of them were not answered at all and one which got response has no proper answer. So I am putting the question and it will be 4th Question of the 'same' type. I am hoping for some help.

The problem

I lost the admin password, so I tried fixing it by entering into netroot. Did it successfully. Then started updating through command do-update (or something similar to this). It was taking a long time and here I did a mistake by forcefully putting the system of the time I restarted it screen showed:

*The disk drive for / is not ready yet or not present
continue to wait or press S to skip mounting or M for mannual recovery.*

I pressed M.

Now after a lot of research, I did following steps:

dpkg --configure -a


unable to access dpkg 
status area : read only file system

I did:

mount -o -remount,rw/

But it didn't help.

mount -n -o remount,rw/dev/sda1

...didn't help.

sudo mount - remount/dev/sda1

...didn't help.


$mount/greap sda1
bash: dev /sda1 permission denied


$mount /dev/sda1 -o remount, exec
mount point sda1 does not exist


$sudo mkdir {sda1, sda2, sda5, sda6}
mkdir : can not create directory sda1 : Read only file system.

Now I am stuck. I need help. Please provide with some answer which will help me to "mount" this read only file system!

I am updating this question from a different PC. I need to correct this problem in 8 Hours before the diseased machined will be asked for (by other students), so please, help as earliest. :)

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Could you add the links to the other 4 questions? Also, did you try to restart? The commands you are using are not helping so please stop running random commands. The mount -o -remount,rw/ is badly written, the command is mount -oremount,rw / without dash after -o and space before /. The other command have similar issues. Please, read this answer and type correctly the commands with spaces and symbols were they correspond. If you are unsure, edit your question with the part you are unsure of. –  Braiam Sep 18 '13 at 16:45
@Brainm Thanks for the help. now the problem is that, i reinstalled ubuntu 13.04 on diseased pc. Now i cannot try it any more. Because i am using public pc, i will have to wait for some time to get a chance to manually create same problem and to try out suggestion given by you. –  sangharsh Sep 19 '13 at 14:13

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