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Old 09-04-2004, 08:48 AM   #1
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Grub>... OK now what?


Hey all

Newbie in learning mode here!

Went through the install for Slackware 10 from CD. (DL'd ISOs)
Setup finished and rebooted computer. Now I am presented with
prompt

Grub>

There is some help available here but I haven't been able to get anywhere.
I AM searching for help on my own but my knowledge base is NULL at
this point!

Can someone help me out here?

Thanks
 
Old 09-04-2004, 11:24 AM   #2
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Do you know where have you installed slack on your hard disk? I mean something like /dev/hda# where # is a number... find that out first and tell us about it so that we can tell you the proper commands to use to boot slack up from the GRUB> command prompt.

Or you can otherwise go to read the GRUB documentations here(http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/man...ode/index.html)

Or you can oso search for GRUB in forums here.

Good luck!

Last edited by koyi; 09-04-2004 at 11:27 AM.
 
Old 09-04-2004, 11:53 AM   #3
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Re: Grub>... OK now what?

Quote:
Originally posted by hkxx9
Hey all

Newbie in learning mode here!

Went through the install for Slackware 10 from CD. (DL'd ISOs)
Setup finished and rebooted computer. Now I am presented with
prompt

Grub>

There is some help available here but I haven't been able to get anywhere.
I AM searching for help on my own but my knowledge base is NULL at
this point!

Can someone help me out here?

Thanks

I have the same problem, I have never used grub and i tried for a long time to figure out how to load the kernel. I was trying to start suse 9.1. I think i had it installed on hda1, which is my first drive? i read the grub docs but it still didn't help me. I am a total linux newbie, this is my first time installing it, the only other linux expirence i have is with knoppix
 
Old 09-04-2004, 12:14 PM   #4
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Re: Re: Grub>... OK now what?

Quote:
Originally posted by Alien123
I have the same problem, I have never used grub and i tried for a long time to figure out how to load the kernel. I was trying to start suse 9.1. I think i had it installed on hda1, which is my first drive? i read the grub docs but it still didn't help me. I am a total linux newbie, this is my first time installing it, the only other linux expirence i have is with knoppix
I haven't used SuSE Linux before myself but I found this on another website(http://susefaq.sourceforge.net/howto/multi_os_grub.html):

Code:
title SuSE Linux 9.0 Professional (2.4.21 opt.)
kernel (hd0,9)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda10 vga=0x317 splash=silent 
desktop hdc=ide-scsi hdclun=0 showopts
initrd (hd0,9)/boot/initrd
This is the entry for booting SuSE Linux 9.0 that should be written in /boot/grub/grub.conf (or /boot/grub/menu.lst)

Referring to the above code, I think the easiest way to boot up SuSE is like this. At the grub> command prompt, type:

Code:
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda1
initrd /boot/initrd
I omitted the options after "root=/dev/hda1" so certain functions may not be available now... I am not sure whether you need those options coz I haven't tried SuSE before, but this should be able to boot it up....

Perhaps some SuSE geeks can follow up?
 
Old 09-04-2004, 01:44 PM   #5
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koyi: Thanks for stoppin' by. I can't really answer your question about where exactly Slack is installed. The install
was automated and I was having a few drinks during the process. I am going to do it over and pay better attention
this time around. I'm not trying to multi boot, so I'm a little unsure why grub is involved. My understanding is that it
is a multi boot manager. Is that right?

Anywho, will try again see what happens.



alien123: I installed Suse 9.1 personal and had no problems. Are you trying to multi boot?

cheers
 
Old 09-04-2004, 02:56 PM   #6
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hkxx9: yeah I was trying to multiboot, I installed suse with windows 2k pro already installed.

koyi: thanks a lot for the help


tomorrow i'll try installing it again, but i'm going to format my drive first so there is no windows
 
Old 09-04-2004, 04:53 PM   #7
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Hmmmm Well tried a reinstall on the Slackware, now setup reports a fatal error installing
from the CD. Odd, installed OK last night.

Anyway, went back to SUSE 9.1. Guess I'll get my Linux wings with SUSE!

Feeling better now, managed to get Mozilla 1.72 installed.

Woo Hoo!!! Watch out world!!!


cheers
 
Old 09-08-2004, 10:00 PM   #8
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slackware 10.0 and earlier has no grub so if grub was in your mbr from Suse, you could have used slackware's LILO to setup the mbr

or used slackware's SYSLINUX to create a boot floppy

or you could have editted your suse menu.lst to point to the slackware kernel. Assuming you had no initrd you would add a line

tittle slack
root is (hdX,y)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hd (y + 1) ro

As you can see we needed more info. If you are curious go into suse and navigate to suse's /etc/fstab file open with a text editor and post its output (contents) with a label for suse.

Then tell us exactly where you wanted to put slackware eg my second drive third partition

if you can't be bothered fair enough
 
Old 09-09-2004, 09:51 AM   #9
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So Grub was from SUSE? I decided I really wanted to install Slackware as the
SUSE install basically does everything for you (tryin to learn here ) Got to
the part where you install LILO. Nothing worked and I didn't have a floppy
installed at the time. Brought a Win98 boot disk home from work and
refreshed to MBR > fdisk /mbr < Installed Slackware 10 with no problems.
LILO installed without a hitch this time. Installed it to the SuperBlock. Guess
LILO didn't like Grub hangin around, dunno.

Now I have other issues to deal with, but that's another thread !
Linux has not been painless so far. But every bump in the road has
increased my knowledge!

Thanks to all who replied.

cheers
 
  


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