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Old 05-07-2003, 10:28 PM   #1
Phoenix92x
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Slackware 9.0 WILL NOT BOOT


Hello, I am a linux newbie and recently installed slackware on a completely second drive from my main drive which runs windows. The second drive is hdd (yes I know it should be hdb, I set up a&b as my CD-ROM drives by mistake when I made the computer)
and I have it partitioned into a 59 GB Linux (I've tried both ext3 and the one that begins with r) format and then a 1 gb linux swap. I then proceed to install with the normal kernel off the Slackware CD. When I get to LILO I've tried a number of things.
A) Not using it at all
B) Using the "Simple Set Up" option, which reports unspecified errors
C) Using the "Expert Set Up" options, I specify the correct boot partitions for both Linux and Windows, and I've tried setting it up on the root partition of Linux and the MBR of hdd.

Whenever I tell BIOS to boot from the Linux HD, it simply says
"Boot From CD
Boot From CD"
and then gives me this
L_
in that the (_) is blinking as the cursor. I have absolutely no idea what to try now, it seems that no matter what I do, Linux will simply not boot.
 
Old 05-08-2003, 12:15 AM   #2
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What does your /etc/lilo.conf file look like?
 
Old 05-08-2003, 01:34 AM   #3
whansard
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i think telling the bios to boot from a different drive
changes the drive number assignments.
It will be very hard to to boot like you want.
You should instead make a boot entry in windows'
boot loader for linux.
 
Old 05-08-2003, 02:22 AM   #4
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I have grub in the MBR (of hda) and it boots great to linux (on hdb) via the boot section (on hdb)
I see no need messing around with the boot entries in windows (all the how to's on that always seem a bit innecesarily complicated to me)

Anne
 
Old 05-08-2003, 06:07 PM   #5
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A few things, first off, there isn't an /etc/lilo.conf file, I can't access hdd at all, I have to run everything off the CD. My problem is that no matter what I try, I cannot get into linux off of hdd, only the cd. Second, how can I put linux into the Windows boot loader?
Thanks a lot for your prompt responses.
 
Old 05-08-2003, 06:50 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by Phoenix92x
I can't access hdd at all, I have to run everything off the CD. My problem is that no matter what I try, I cannot get into linux off of hdd, only the cd.
What do you mean? Did you read the message that is displayed when the slack cd boots up? boot into your linux partition with:

bare.i root=/dev/hdXX noinitrd ro

(or something like that)

You can check out/change your lilo.conf, as well as run lilo to fix your boot loader (w/ out going through another freak'n install!!!)

Quote:
Second, how can I put linux into the Windows boot loader?
 
Old 05-08-2003, 07:31 PM   #7
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I didn't know I could do that. Thanx a lot PTBMilo. Once I can get into the lilo.conf can you guys help me figure out whats wrong with it? Because chances are I won't know what to do to fix it.
Thanks!
 
Old 05-10-2003, 11:34 AM   #8
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its rather simple acculy, but first off howmany copies of lilo do you have installed? should only be one even for multiple distros, if its one just edit it to point to your linux boot partition something like:

*Multi distro version*
Label = /boot mount /dev/hdd mnt /slackboot
Label = /boot mount /dev/hdc mnt /other distro here

* single distro *
Label = /boot mount /dev/hdd mnt /boot

this should give you the differant disros in the lilo boot menu or just linux and dos for a single distro. now im not sure about my syntax so you may want to look at the documentation for lilo to be sure.

i think but dont quote me on this
 
  


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