Hello, my first post. sorry for any typos, im trying to explain as much as possible so somebody might be able to help.
I got slackware 8.1 off a coverdisk. PC-didnt want to boot from it (although it booted from old redhat6), so i made boot disk (usb.i) and the 5 installation disks and the rescue disk. So I managed to install it OK i think... here's a installation and system hardware summary:
AMD k6-2 500mhz, Microstar5169 mbd, 192mbSDRAM, ELSA Gladiac 311-tv-out (uses GeForce2mx200 chip) AGP 32Mb SDR, PCI SB Live! Value, D-Link DE-220 ISA Network card, IDE0=80Gb HD (Win98SE in 3 partitions 40,20,20Gb), IDE1=8.4Gb HD (Linux), IDE2=52xCreativeCD-ROM,IDE3=RICOH CD Writer.
mouse=ms intellipoint explorer optical USB (thats why i used 'usb.i' rather than 'bare.i' boot disk). Also i just noticed i had an USB scanner plugged in during installation, will this have not helped with regard to the mouse being usb?
So I made the 8.4Gb disk to be linux with 256Mb linux swap, 4Gb root bootable linux native, rest ~4.2Gb /home linux native. both the last 2 being ext2 file system (is this a similar thing in nature to fat16/32 etc.?). linux installation saw the win disks fine and I allocated them names. I then made two boot disks during the install (i guessed they are identical, just having 2 is more safe yes?).
during install there was no option of any geforce cards anywhere.
the first reboot of the system was the 'aw naw!' moment. I changed the boot device in the BIOS to IDE1 instaed of IDE0 to boot from the linux disk, but when it booted the disk the screen was filling up with lots of '40's, scrolling down the screen. upon rebooting and hitting 'pause' i saw that at the start it all began during LILO bootup as it only got this far:
and then continued to make more 40's thus:
L 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 etc.
that was that. so then i booted using the boot disks created during installation. NOTE: i chose to use the kernel from the floppy i booted with, i.e. usb.i as i thought it the right choice. once booted with the disk, i got in as root and made my password and then tried to load X using the startx command. but it was none to happy and didnt work.
PS: how do make anoother non-root user. please could somebody tell me where to get the linux commands(move around the directoried edit etc. - i was decent with dos, but that not much use), and how to use them. i managed to find the 'help' command
so X didnt want to start KDE. i went through 'xf86config' a few times but it not help.
also choosing the mouse and keyboard etc. is a 'bus mouse' a usb mouse or should i use MS intellipoint? im from UK, so i couldnt see an obvious choice - during installation i chose US perhaps and it got everything right but the pounds sign didnt exist (keys next to return key mapped correctly, only £ sign missing).
one other question: with windows its 'good' (ie make things more likely to work) to install it with say only the video card in as it prevents pnp scanning to get confused... and then install them one at a time after initial system in. is this the same with linux, as i just kept everything in during installation?
Thanks to anyone who reads this far! i cant think of any other useful details, but PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME GET IT WORKING! feel free to ask me for more details.