Trouble booting after hard reboot
Well I'm having a bit of trouble with my fit-pc2 with ubuntu 8.04. It all started one day a few weeks ago when I couldn't ssh into my box, it said access denied which meant that my password was wrong. I'm kinda sure it isn't/wasn't since I have used it many times before to login through ssh (and I tried several times, both over the Internet and over LAN).
I realized that my box might have been compromised so I turned it off by hitting the on/off button for a while. Then I found http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-3609.html
stating how to recover/change a password. Only problem was: My keyboard didn't respond when it dropped to the root shell (pressing Num Lock i few times didn't turn on/off the light, it was off all the time meaning no power for the keyboard :/).
Then I had to turn the box off using the button again (I tried a few times, also with the "single" argument at the end as one comment says in the link). Then I tried to boot from my external USB drive containing the recovery image from the fit-pc2 wiki. No matter whether I try booting from the USB drive or the internal drive it says "Operating System not found" as the first thing on the screen (even before GRUB). I just tried booting my laptop from the USB drive and it worked fine?
Can anyone help me out here, how can I boot from the USB drive and change the password on the ubuntu installed on the internal drive, or how can I get my keyboard to respond when dropping to a root shell (if I can get the box to boot from the internal drive again)?
Wiping the internal drive is not really an option, I have a few config files that I would love to keep, as well as some website-stuff that I don't have backups for :S