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Old 03-22-2003, 05:43 PM   #1
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Question Slack 8.1 Question...


Ok, I have a new HDD in my Compaq machine, and I decided to kill RedHat and try out Slackware 8.1, just to see if I liked it. Well, I pop in the CD, and off we go. It actually wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be (). There was one interesting quirk, I couldn't get Slackware to recognise a floppy that I put in. It kept telling me to put in new media, or make sure that the floppy wasn't write protected. Any ideas on how to fix that? Well, I just assumed that I would get it working later, and completed the install. When I rebooted, however, I ran into some issues. Basically, my machine just sat there and said Grub.... GRUB was my old boot loader, so I just figured that something went wrong on the install, and re-installed. I still can't get it to see my Floppy drive. Now, it says "LI", I presume because it is trying to load LILO. Anyway, the system just hangs there. Any ideas on what to do to fix that?

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Old 03-23-2003, 05:33 AM   #2
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Fix your /etc/lilo.conf and run lilo again, that should fix your boot problems. On the fd: it can't recognize any floppy? Or is it just bad media? Take a look at dmesg to see if it recognizes your fd at all.
 
Old 03-23-2003, 08:32 AM   #3
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OK, I tried it with several floppies, so maybe it isn't seeing my fd at all, i'll look at the dmesg

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Old 03-23-2003, 08:37 AM   #4
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Just another quick question, where do you think I should put LILO? I did have it in my superblock on /dev/hdb. Should I leave it there or move it to the master boot record?
 
Old 03-23-2003, 08:41 AM   #5
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I use MBR. Habit I s'pose.
 
Old 03-23-2003, 09:00 AM   #6
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Talking

OHHHH! I see what I did! *I bask in n00b achievement!* I think that I didn't make the partition bootable, as described here. I hope that fixies it! (I had it in the MBR, but I didn't make /dev/hdb2 bootable)

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Old 03-23-2003, 09:13 AM   #7
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That shouldn't matter... only if you're using the superblock option.
 
Old 03-23-2003, 10:47 AM   #8
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Ohhh, well then, hmmm, something else must have changed, because it works now!
 
Old 03-24-2003, 05:35 PM   #9
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Have you mounted your floppy drive before trying to read a disk? Post your /etc/fstab here so we can see what's going on with that. Thanks.
 
Old 03-24-2003, 07:26 PM   #10
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Sure. I have been able to read, and now write, floppys, but I just couldn't get it do to write during install.
 
Old 03-24-2003, 11:46 PM   #11
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Well at least you can work with it now. Glad you got it sorted out.
 
  


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