@Uel and @ Grannygeek
Actually, a closer look @ Granny's results indicates that her hard disks contain some partitions with an unknown filesystem.
These could be unformatted partitions (partition with no filesystem) or a partition with some filesystem that the initrd cannot recognize. Take a look
Model: Maxtor 6L200P0 (ide)
Disk /dev/hde: 204GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 8225kB 204GB 204GB extended lba
5 8258kB 62.9GB 62.9GB logical ntfs
6 62.9GB 63.4GB 510MB logical
7 63.4GB 104GB 41.0GB logical ext3
In this case, for some odd reason, parted does not read this partition at all, but fdisk reads this as a swap partition.
I can't explain why this would happen, but at any rate, I have made accomodations to prevent this type of crash by reporting the partition in question as 'Unknown'
My suggestion to granny is.
If this is a real swap partition, fire up gparted and delete it then re-create it and then see if the problem persists.
If the problem persists, please post the output of the following commands
parted /dev/hde print
Hope this at least keeps your box from crashing.