#44 strings of "9" in console



Win2K, SP4
Supermicro PDSME+ MBD
Adaptec 4805S RAID6


  1. Had a power failure, damaged boot sector, can't boot into Win2K. :ast time it happened I was able to use Clonezilla successfully.

  2. Started Clonezilla, after about the first screen, I see a bunch of "9" s (the number nine) while the console output is waiting. The string continues endlessly. In some cases I can hit "enter" and it is accepted.

  3. When I enter the "DOS GUI" things are normal.

  4. When I get back to console and need to type "y" or "yes" I cannot as the number 9 is continuously displayed. Can't proceed.

  5. I swapped keyboards, PS2 and USB, tried both versions of Clonezilla above, without success.

  6. I tried my Clonezillla CD on another system and it works.

So, apparently it is specific to my "failed" system. I am able to now boot that system and I suppose I can reboot into Clonezilla to see exactly where the 9's start. If tht would help I'll do it but I'm hesitant for now while I backup this system and ensure it is functional. I don;t want to shut it down when it appears to be working and not have it reboot just to resolve the CZ issue - which isn't an issue not that I have booted.



  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-06-03
    • assigned_to: Steven Shiau
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-06-03

    Could you take a photo about that?
    It's easier for us to understand.
    BTW, did you try Clonezilla live 20140602-trusty or 20140602-utopic?


  • Arthur-Boston

    Arthur-Boston - 2014-06-04

    Hi Steven,

    Thanks very much for the quick reply.

    I have uploaded some pics here with clonezilla-live-2.2.3-10-i686-pae.iso:


    Similar issue with 20140602-trusty.

    System is back up and running by repairing Win2K installation. Again, this CZ issue popped up after the power failure and damaged MBR. I have used CZ in the past for identical scenario (power failure, bad MBR) and never experienced this issue. Last time was April 2014.

    Looks like it is specific to my setup but still unusual.


  • Arthur-Boston

    Arthur-Boston - 2014-06-04


    Last edit: Arthur-Boston 2014-06-05
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-06-13

    You are the only one reporting the "9" issue, and I have never seen that here.
    Are you sure it's not hardware issue, especially the keyboard?
    Or maybe you can try Clonezilla live 20140609-utopic. It comes with Linux kernel 3.15 and the results might be different.


  • Arthur-Boston

    Arthur-Boston - 2014-06-14

    I tried 20140609-utopic with no difference.

    As I noted, I did have a power failure that triggered the PC's not booting. But, I also tried a USB keyboard with the same results.

    Looks like a need to find an alternative program for the next time it happens...

  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-06-21
    • status: open --> closed-works-for-me
  • Steven Shiau

    Steven Shiau - 2014-06-21

    This issue is really weird, and it is not reproducible here. Therefore it's very difficult to fix.
    I believe it's related to kernel, therefore in the future when kernel is updated, the issue might be gone.


  • Arthur-Boston

    Arthur-Boston - 2014-06-21

    Yep, I figured as much.

    I have no issues with the operability of the PC - not with the keyboard, mouse or anything else.

    The '9' issue does not occur when Clonezilla is in its "GUI". Now, I know there's no GUI, but you know what I mean...when it's in the colored-background state. So, perhaps Clonezilla can get a new look and use this pseudo-GUI? I know, tall order, but just a thought.

    So, since I can't use this Clonezilla with this PC, can you recommend the next best alternatives?


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