rogan, if u can, go take a break from all this, i know how frustrated it is. I have been through your kind of situation before. During your break, keep reading posts and searching the net, the answer of your problem is out there. Looks like your Slack installation is already there, it's the bootloader that stops you from starting it. You are just miniutes(or days
) away from success. Kind of pity if you quit now, but if u need to rest, pls go ahead. Keep Slack there, once u figure out how the lilo thingy works, u can start slack straight away.
I have 1st started dabble with linux about 6 months ago. Started off with MDK9.1 stuck at the winmodem issue and sound was not work, tried Lycoris, installed and ran fine, Tried RH9, it couldn't install, then tried MDK9.2 , it worked, my winmodem worked too. By that time i was more confident of myself, i tried Debian, got it installed, but i was on a narrow band and only have it's cd1, so i gave up on it. then i came across Slack and Knoppix. I compiled my winmodem driver 1st time successfully in Slack. I was overjoyed with that. Did a hd instal for Knoppix, so i have debian installed in an indirect way. Trying both now, like both of them alot, now have a hard time deciding which one to keep.
So don't give up now, what u need is just a short break. Remember success is sweet, but it takes time and effort to reach there.