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New to Linux, recently started using Red Hat; then I tried to do something I shouldn't have, and screwed the OS beyong repair. For various reasons, I decided to install Slackware instead of starting over with Red Hat (I know, dumb idea, newbies shouldn't try Slack...). By the way, I am currently connected on a Windows machine.
Every time I start the system without my LILO disk, or the installation CD, in the computer, the kernel gets as far as displaying the letters 'LI', and then it stops. I've tried everything-- read-only is in the lilo.config file, and the root filesystem is set as /dev/hda1. If anyone's ever experienced anything like this and could help out a simple newbie, thanks.
You can boot properly with the floppy? Then you should be able to do that, copy the lilo.conf from the floppy to /etc/lilo.conf, and then run /sbin/lilo to install to the MBR on /dev/hda. Do `lilo --help` or man lilo` for the exact syntax (I'm not on a Linux box just now).
Distribution: Win XP Pro / Slackware 10.1 dual-boot
As far as getting X up...I don't know what your problem is exactly...but if you can login, do that, and then type startx. This should bring up your default desktop environment if it installed without errors from the installation CD. If you would like to curcumvent this step in the future, you can edit your /etc/inittab file, changing the default runlevel from 3 to 4, given that you have configured your session manager.