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Old 09-05-2004, 02:37 PM   #1
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Slackware 10 lilo problem


Hello everybody.
I just installed Slackware 10 and I can't get lilo to install.
I have 2 partitions set up... /dev/hdb1 mounted at / which is tagged bootable and /dev/hdb2 mounted at /home/
Both partitions are ext3.
When installing lilo, I try to install automatically to the MBR (since installing to root is not for ext). It fails with the error: setup could not install lilo. The settings are pretty standard, VGA 1024x768x256, etc.

Since this doesn't work, I've tried to configure lilo using liloconfig and I get the same errors when installing to MBR. When trying to install to root (even though it is not for ext filesystems) the bootloader appears to install. I set it to boot to partition /dev/hdb1 (which is tagged bootable),
set the various display options, etc. But when I boot, the system tries to load the bootloader and then prints:
99 99 99 99 99 99....etc etc etc and then hangs.

The only option I have now is to boot from floppy, which is PAINFULLY slow.

Could this be an ext3 issue? I know when I set up the partitions on install the ReiserFS was automatically highlighted...maybe I should have left it set as ReiserFS. It seems like I should be OK with ext3, since I just removed Mandrake 10 with identical ext3 partitions. For some reason Mandrake had no problem installing lilo to the MBR.

Is there a trick to getting Slackware and lilo set up on the MBR with ext3? or am I going to have to start over with ReiserFS partitions?

Thanks in advance for any help,
Kris
 
Old 09-05-2004, 02:53 PM   #2
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Nevermind...
For some reason my MBR was labeled /dev/hdb.
I changed it in liloconfig and installed to MBR without a hitch.
Now it's only a matter of minutes before I'm stuck again on another Slack problem...
I guess it's the only way to learn...
-Kris
 
Old 09-05-2004, 03:03 PM   #3
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The only "problems" I've ever hit with Slack were configuration issues, and every one helped me learn just a little more about linux. Aggrivating sometimes, but it makes it all worth it to see what you wanted happen.
 
Old 09-05-2004, 03:30 PM   #4
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That didn't take long. I'm having X nightmares now. I can't get xorgconfig set up correctly with my usb mouse.
I've tried using /dev/usb/mouse0, /dev/usb/mouse1, /dev/mouse
I've tried all three with Auto and busmouse types. No luck.
Does anyone know how to configure X with a USB mouse?
 
Old 09-05-2004, 04:04 PM   #5
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Nevermind...problem solved. I somehow missed the pkgtool mouse setup. Now it's just a waiting game for the next Slack newbie mistake.
 
  


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