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Linux/Ubuntu noob here and my installation just choked with the /sbin/init error.

This is similar to this previous issue: Days-old but won't boot (missing /sbin/init) - help!

And this link describes the apparent solution.

I have a dual boot eepc 1001px, my partitions are a little different, fdisk -l gives me:

/dev/sda1 * ID=7 HPFS/NFFS
/dev/sda2   ID=lb Hidden w95 FAT32
/dev/sda3   ID=5 Extended
/dev/sda4   ID=ef EFI (FAT-12/16/32)
/dev/sda5   ID=83 Linux

I'm using a bootable usb key with the netbook 10.10 version installed so I can get into Ubuntu that way for diagnostics.

I tried the sudo fsck /dev/sda5 as mentioned in the second link to attempt a repair however I get the following error:

fsck.ext4: Device or resource busy while trying to open /dev/sda5
Filesystem mounted or opened exclusively by another program?

And I've no idea what to do next :(

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marked as duplicate by Seth 2 days ago

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Give a look at this answer Booting ubuntu gives "init not found"

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Thanks that did the trick! – user14924 Apr 26 '11 at 3:32

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