Unable to enter password at maintenance prompt for VMWare guest

Solution Unverified - Updated -


  • VMware ESX hosts lost connectivity to backend disk
  • When attempting to restart a RHEL 6.1 virtual machine, was presented with the following error at the console in the vSphere client:
    /dev/mapper/system-root contains a file system with errors, check foreced.
    /dev/mapper/system-root: Inodes that were part of a corrupted orphan linked list found.
    /dev/mapper/system-root: UNEXPECTED INCONSISTENCY; RUN fsck MANUALLY.
  • Recieve the following text asking to enter the root password:
  Give root password for maintenance
  (or type Control-D to continue):
  • When entering the password, every second character in the root password triggers a return(enter) and the cursor drops down to the next line item
  • Because of this, unable to run fsck


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1

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