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Old 12-28-2003, 07:12 PM   #1
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boot locks up: slackware 9.1


after a fresh format and install of slackware 9.1, i believe it boots off my harddrive and states, "LI"

no clue.

tried reinstalling several times and i've had this problem before.


thanks for any help


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Old 12-28-2003, 07:21 PM   #2
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did you make a bootdisk? are you using lilo, did you install it to the mbr or root or floppy? what are the system specs? need a little more info. sounds like a lilo problem i've had and seen before, but w/out some more info, i'm guessing.
 
Old 12-28-2003, 07:23 PM   #3
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does it boot with a bootdisk?

the li
or the scrolling l's and o's
are between lilo, hardrive, and kernel.
 
Old 12-28-2003, 07:27 PM   #4
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"did you make a bootdisk?"

yes

"are you using lilo, did you install it to the mbr or root or floppy?"

yes, root, i believe.

"what are the system specs?"

2200+ xp, geforce4 ti4200, sb live!, cdrw, 512mb ddr"

-Jalal
 
Old 12-28-2003, 07:30 PM   #5
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can you post lilo.conf? is it an ide or scsi hard drive?
 
Old 12-28-2003, 07:32 PM   #6
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i JUST installed, i cant even get to the contents of my drive, is there any specific questions that wouldve been asked from the install that i should answer?

its an ide drive
 
Old 12-28-2003, 07:35 PM   #7
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can you boot from a floppy? what partition is root? i.e. hda1, hda2, hdb1, etc.?
 
Old 12-28-2003, 07:38 PM   #8
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sorry about that, i didnt make a boot disk because my floppy drive doesnt work, its hda1 for /
 
Old 12-28-2003, 07:48 PM   #9
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i'm guessing, but, your lilo.conf is probably pointing to hda1. it needs to point to hda. so if you put in the cd and boot to rescue mode, you may be able to edit lilo.conf to point to /dev/hda instead of /dev/hda1. hope that makes sense.
 
Old 12-28-2003, 07:49 PM   #10
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that it does, ill be back soon and try this out
 
Old 12-28-2003, 07:59 PM   #11
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alright, on my computer, as lynx, apparently hda1 works to boot off of and hda doesn't, i still haven't installed a GUI...how do i install dropline easily anyway? ill check right back.



thanks

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Old 12-28-2003, 08:32 PM   #12
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changed it in the config around a few times, from hda1 to hda and hda to hda1...no go...however...booting with the bare.i kernel, it boots fine.

any thoughts?
 
Old 12-29-2003, 07:47 AM   #13
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did you install a kernel during the install? the option should've been made available.
 
Old 12-29-2003, 08:37 AM   #14
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From the Lilo Common Problems FAQ

#################################

Problem: When I boot, all I get is 'LI'
=======================================
This means the first-stage loader gained control; it thought it success-
fully loaded the second-stage loader; but it never got there. This most
often occurs when the second-stage loader, '/boot/boot.b', is not load-
able using the BIOS.

First, have you tried specifying 'lba32' in your 'lilo.conf' file? On
newer systems, this will almost always work, since the loader will now
use the newer EDD packet calls, which are not cylinder-limited.

######################################

You might want to run cfdisk and check your bootable flag. At least once I have forgotten to make the boot partition bootable and what I got was the Li
 
Old 12-29-2003, 11:52 AM   #15
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FUN! anyway, i wasn't sure exactly about partitions and such...generally i'd think to make my 80 gb hdd...with my 512mb ddr...100mb boot, 20gb root, 59.3gb home, ~600mb swap, does that sound good? what would you guys think is the best anyway? id like to change that and than see if it works, however, im currently using... boot = 20gb for / and 60gb for /home


thanks for any help,

lynx jalalabee
 
  


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