I'm able to boot into Raspbian, but the screen is black and is showing the icons and I'm not able to use Keyboard or mouse. It was working fine until today.


and this is what I'm getting before the login. Is this a kernel error?

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  • The good news is that it's probably not a kernel issue, and that your file system seems to recover. Can you log in to this machine by ssh?
    – Bex
    Apr 5, 2016 at 10:10

2 Answers 2


Is this a kernel error?

Probably not. It is more likely evidence of a corrupted filesystem, especially since fsck (which can usually repair minor problems) failed.

You'll need to either:

  1. Run fsck on all partitions in another computer to see what it says there.

  2. Restore the card from backup.

  3. Recreate the card.

  • Thank you goldilocks! Could you please tell me how to restore the card from backup?
    – godolomn
    Apr 4, 2016 at 20:19
  • If you're asking that question, it presumably means you don't have a backup, so you can rule out #2.
    – goldilocks
    Apr 4, 2016 at 20:21
  • Is there anyway to do it before I'm doing the "startx"? Could you give me an example please? Thank you.
    – godolomn
    Apr 4, 2016 at 20:30
  • If you mean create a backup, no, it's too late. You create/keep a backup before you need it. Sort of like insurance. If you wait until your house burns down and then ask for some, they will tell you, "Sorry, you don't have a house to insure anymore."
    – goldilocks
    Apr 4, 2016 at 20:32
  • I referring to recreate the card.
    – godolomn
    Apr 4, 2016 at 20:34

As goldilocks said, your file system is most likely corrupt. To make a backup of your files, you could plug the sd card into a computer and copy all of the important files you would like to keep before you put a new image on the sd card.

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