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Old 05-15-2008, 08:30 AM   #1
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Can't Install after Slackware LILO took over my drive

I installed Slackware and when there were 3 options regarding LILO I believe I took the third, b/c that's what was selected. I think it said the other 2 were safer. My mistake.

I would have tried slackware but I hear it's significantly harder to configure and use than other newbie-friendlier distros and I had OpenSUSE before and I want it back. I tried now twice to install it, however, but the Slackware LILO remains in place.

I even tried repartitioning and formatting the hard drive as part of the process.

What should I do now? After installing OpenSUSE, LILO kicks in and tries to run Slackware and then I get:

Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,1)

If it helps I have lying around here Ubuntu, Mandriva, Debian and PCLinuxOS install CDs, all brand newly burned.
Old 05-15-2008, 10:17 AM   #2
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Did you tell OpenSuse to put its bootloader on the main boot record?
Old 05-15-2008, 10:50 AM   #3
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I thought so. What I did was I used the rescue shell and deleted all partitions with fdisk and then did:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=2

that I got from and then reinstalled.

Seems to work fine now!




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