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Disks hate me

Well, that was quick. I’ve already lost all the data on my IntelBook Pro. I spent a good chunk of last night and this morning tracking down my kernel panics and reading through Apple kernel development docs to figure it out. So far I had decided they had to be related to DivX and Xvid, as long as a program didn’t use those it would run for hours. Every time I used VLC or QT with Xvid component loader, it would panic. The final straw was when I had only VLC open watching a Divx video, the system locked up hard without any panic or error message. I power cycled, then the system kernel paniced during the grey Apple boot screen. I rebooted again and it wouldn’t mount the volume.

I tried going to the “Genius Bar” at the Apple store, but they were all “you don’t have an appointment, shoo shoo!” I loaded up Disk Utility from the CD, tried running “Repair disk”, and it reported “Invalid node structure Volume check failed. 1 HFS volume checked 1 volume could not be repaired because of an error.” In other words, proper fucked. Disk Utility couldn’t do anything about it; journaling was even enabled. At this point I don’t know if my rash of kernel panics was the cause or the effect of my delaminating filesystem. I’ll find out in a couple of hours when I get the OS installed, my data copied back over, and start using it again.

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