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Old 10-28-2003, 05:18 AM   #1
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Installing Slackware 9.1


I have Mandrake 9 installed on my second harddrive (Win98 on the first) and now I want to install Slackware there instead. Do I have to remove Mandrake before or will that be done automatically?
 
Old 10-28-2003, 05:23 AM   #2
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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.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 05:43 AM   #3
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Ah, thanks.
I'll start installing it now and probably will be back to ask more later.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 06:36 AM   #4
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Hm, when I get to cfdisk it shows my first harddrive. The one with Windows in it. How do I choose the second one with Mandrake?
 
Old 10-28-2003, 07:36 AM   #5
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cfdisk /dev/hdb
 
Old 10-28-2003, 03:12 PM   #6
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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?
 
Old 10-28-2003, 04:00 PM   #7
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No, don't reinstall. The thing is that Slack's LILO was not installed. It can be fixed. You need a boot floppy (or cd) to boot as rescue? Do you have one?
 
Old 10-28-2003, 04:05 PM   #8
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I have a boot floppy (and a cd). What should I do next?
 
Old 10-28-2003, 04:19 PM   #9
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Ok. Does the boot floppy boot your Slack correctly? Try it.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 04:28 PM   #10
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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.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 08:06 PM   #11
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I installed it all over again, this time with LILO but it still doesn't work. The Mandrake-thing appears and when I choose "linux" it tries to start Mandrake and fails.
 
Old 10-29-2003, 04:39 AM   #12
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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
 
Old 10-29-2003, 04:46 AM   #13
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where did you install lilo? mbr or bootsector?
actually post your /etc/lilo.conf
 
Old 10-29-2003, 05:14 AM   #14
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Slackware 9.1 CD2 is a live/rescue CD. You could try it.

With the slackware 9.0 CD, I used the following to 'rescue' my system:

* boot with the CD
* just press enter a few times until you're in the prompt
* type these commands:
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mount -t ext2 /dev/hd.. /disk
chroot /disk
(you'll be in a new shell, with /disk as root)
lilo
exit
(returns to the original shell+root)

since you tell lilo where to find the kernel image, and root device, you could add mandrake to the slackware lilo menu too
 
Old 10-29-2003, 10:41 AM   #15
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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".
 
  


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