I'm even farther out of my depth than MeeMaw, so the question really is:
What on earth do I do now?
It doesn't give me the option to answer any question except whether to ignore the error in block 6651906, and ignoring an error just doesn't seem like a good idea to me. I just want it fixeded and haven't the foggiest how one fixeses this problem (hence the phone call to MeeMaw).
I assume that what y'all are trying to say is that I need to give the 'puter a command to "fix yourself, idget!" Which command would that be? Or am I here too soon and you haven't quite decided among yourselves?
We did try "fsck /media/sda1" and it found that block error. I thought maybe "fsck -l /media/sda1" so it could list my bad blocks and I could maybe-might-possibly find out how extensive the damage is (if it's a big ol' chunk of my computer, I can just assume the gods have deemed it poor judgement on my part to have internet installed in my home and turn the ethernet off, thus saving myself the cash and paying penance in the form of computerlessness until such time as i can afford a replacement - one never questions the gods.)
Or, if y'all would prefer, I can put try "fsck -p /media/sda1" to make it try to fix itself without asking me anything it doesn't absolutely have to. Or "fsck -y /media/sda1" so it'll ignore that error I'm afraid to and go on with its bad self. That's kind of what I've got it narrowed down to, I'm just not smart enough to make the decision on my own.
Thoughts? Thoughts that don't include unmounting "root," which seems like a horrible-tasting idea? (Pretty sure the 'puter is smart enough not to let me try to do that anyway.)
Oh, and old-polack, that's totally what the manual says. Yep. Read that at http://linux.die.net/man/8/fsck.
And while I speak english, bad english, spanglish, male, drunk, drunken male, and several variations thereon, computer manual is not in my list of language subroutines (right up there with tact and human pair bonding). So while the manual totally says that, I know more latin than manual and it's greek to me.