I recently installed a NIC and while doing so, was not aware of the space required in my system partition, hda5, with added files. After reaching 40KB, I terminated the NIC install, and ran Gpart software to expand the partition. This was completed successfully and upon rebooting, the system appeared to boot the GRUB properly. I continued installing the NIC software but did not complete it - turning the computer off.
I returned later and the system would complete stage 2 or 3 or the boot and then go to a text display. I have hda6 where my data resides, hda2 a swap drive, hda3 another swap drive.
Requested help and issues: 1) I believe my system must be basically sound but perhaps requires correcting pointers, or adjustments, since it booted correctly right after changing the partition size. Any ideas on how to make adjustments safely without corrupting the system? 2) I do not wish to reinstall the system since that will overwrite the current system - I wish to retain my system while repairing it. Please advise how to use the "repair" feature of the first installation disc - there is not an obvious repair routine.
3) I made an image of all partitions before changing the partition size. I do not wish to restore this unless as a last resort.
4) I have read that SLED 10 is antiquated and version 11, open SUSE/SLED is better. If I wish to upgrade, how can I and can I do that now recovering system settings, etc. in hda5 without the system booting properly?