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I have recently purchased Mandrake Linux 9.1. Yesterday, I installed it on my old hard drive (its pretty new, just from my 'old' computer), and everything was working OK, I was just trying to get my modem figured out... So today, I come on windows, do my thing, and I decide to uninstall the dual booting software because I didnt need it (I was using lilo, I think thats what its called anyway...). I restarted, and I came to a black screen w/ a blinking cursor at the top, kinda like a prompt but I couldnt type or anything.
I took my Linux hard drive out of there & now everything is peachy in windows, but I don't know what happened! It simply wont work Does anyone have any suggestions? Does this happen to other people? I'm so lost in this new world...
I didnt remove lilo, its a program called "osl boot manager". I thought I would need it so I could choose what I wanted to boot, but I didnt so I uninstalled it. I don't know if thats the problem or not, but all this happened after I restarted after I uninstalled.
I'm running both(well, was) linux & windows on this machine, on two separate hard drives.
Sorry for the confusion, I'm not that great at explaining things sometimes.
I should have lilo on my machine. I installed OSL Boot Manager on my hard drive #1 on windows before I installed Linux, because I didnt know that Linux had Lilo. I never used OSL because Lilo took care of things, so I uninstalled OSL today, then my computer wouldnt boot anything (wouldnt go to lilo, windows, or linux, just a blank screen).
Ive taken my Linux hard drive out, and my computer is now working. I'm so confused
Ok I have reinstalled Lilo Thank you for the help!
But NOW it wont load KDE... After the Mandrake loading screen, it went to the black screen where you type in commands & such (like Kommand in KDE). It asked for my username & password, I typed them in & it told me that it was INVALID... I'm not understanding this... My username was abethepunk, and the last time I was on KDE I changed it to abe. So after my username and/or password was denied, I typed in KDE, and to my suprise it started to bring it up
I then received this error message:
"The following installation problem was detected while trying to start KDE:
$Home directory (/home/abe) does not exist.
KDE is unable to start"
I tired making the directory "abe" but it wouldnt let me.
Should I just reinstall Linux alltogether??? I don't have any personal files on it yet, it seems like the easier route but if I can fix this 'on my own' I would like to.
Thats what I was thinking... I tired to sign in as root, but it wouldnt let me do that either, unless I did it wrong which is completely possible Do you just put 'root' as the username & then the password? Or is that where you type "su", I'm trying to learn this on my own & now I'm getting everything all confused & mixed up.
Humph... Thank you so much! I tried that though, but it also came up as 'invalid'. I only used 1 password for my user & the root accounts, so I dont know whats going on. I'm about ready to just reinstall it.