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No, you don't have to remove it. If you have a separate partition for /home and you'd like to keep data on it, note down the partition name (from /etc/fstab, for example) and tell Slack not to format it. You don't need to format Mandrake partitions, uninstall LILO and so on. Everything can be done from Slack installer.
Ok, so I installed Slackware.
When I restarted my computer I got that Mandrake-thing where I can choose whether to start Linux, Windows, floppy or failsafe.
Nothing about Slackware. I thought I had formatted that harddrive but apparently I did something wrong.
So, should I try reinstalling it?
Does anyone have a clue what I did wrong?
I get this "Welcome to Slackware Linux custom boot disk" (or something similar) message.
It says "boot:" and I'm supposed to write something there. I pressed enter so that it chose the default... er... thing.
There's a lot of text going by and finally I get "Welcome to Linux 2.4.22 (tty1)" and "darkstar login:", where I'm supposed to write something. But I can't. Nothing more happens.
When you get darkstart login: you should put in root and the root password you created.
Then you are logged into your slackware system as root.
If you installed X (which I assume you did since you had Mandrake) then you can startx, gdm, kdm or whatever.
If you want it to boot into X automatically, change the default runlevel in /etc/inittab to 4
acjt: I cant do anything at all when I get to darkstar login.
Demonbane: To tell you the truth, I have no idea. And I don't think I know how to find out.
yapp: I did what you said. When I got to the prompt I tried typing in what you wrote.
mount -t ext2 /dev/hdb/disk (I assumed that "hd.." wasn't what I should type) and some text appeared. I tried chroot /disk and got "No such file or directory". I tried lilo and got "No such file or directory".