No modern operating system (Windows, Linux, etc) likes to be shut down improperly which is why you should always shut it down from the start/system menu but what happens when you have multiple power outages, crashes, programs freeze up, etc over a period of weeks or months and you have no other choice but to just shut your computer off at the switch (manually)?.
In cases like this, would it be better to simply hit the "reset" button on the front of your PC or does'nt it matter?.
How do you "gracefully" recover from crashes/freezes/outages without corrupting your OS and ending up with all kinds of errors (ie; kernel panic, bad_geometry, disk error, etc) until it is so screwed up that it is no longer bootable and you have to start all over again with a complete reinstallation?.
Also, is there some way to whip your system back into shape after such crashes or some way of running an integrity check and correcting any/all problems?. I just hating having to do fresh installs every month or so.
Incidentally, I'm using Fedora Core 5 w/Gnome. Thank's for any assistance I can get on this (I really do appreciate it!).
- Regards, GG