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Old 07-09-2008, 08:53 AM   #1
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unable to uninstall Slackware lilo


I tried to install slackware on my laptop, but after installation I saw many problems with it so I decided to install back ubuntu. But problem is that if I finish installation of ubuntu and rebooting my PC Slackware lilo appears and slackware linux is booting, there is no another Linux in lilo list. I formated all partitions (whole disk) and slackware lilo is always there and alwazs is trying to boot slackware linux.
Please could you help how to delete, remove this Slackware Lilo from the computer?

Thank you very much
Old 07-09-2008, 09:08 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

LiLO is written to the MBR of your hard drive. The MBR is just
512 bytes at the start of the disk. If your disk is sda, then
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1
will put zeroes on those first 512 bytes.

After that you will need to install GrUB, if that's what this
ubuntu uses. I assume it is, since you don't have LiLO. Sorry,
but I could never figure out GrUB so I only use and learned LiLO.
Old 07-09-2008, 09:26 AM   #3
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Thank you,

you know Itried to install slackware but it after installing it I tried to install gnome desktop enviromnet and it always faild. I did it according HOWTO for slack 12.1. If I joined XFCE by startx command, resolution of my monitor was 4:3 and I have widescreen. I was unable to change it. Therfore I chosed ubuntu again. I have a gentoo on my desktop, but I'm afraid to install it on my laptop, because CPU is working for 100% if you are compiling something. And it is not good for laptop, I think. So I am always interesting to install Slackware in my laptop, but I need some advices how to solve problems I mentioned here above. If you have some advice for me I will be glad.

Thank you
Old 07-09-2008, 10:09 AM   #4
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First, Slackware officially dropped Gnome as a desktop environment.
There are others who build it, but if you look at the forums, there
are always problems. Use one of the desktop environments or window
managers that come with Slackware and you will be okay.

If your monitor is capable of 16:9 or 16:10, for instance, then you
probably don't have the proper video driver or configuration. You should
post complete information in the Slackware forum. I'm sure some wise old
Slacker can get you going. Also, you can search Google for your particular
laptop. Check for it in our HCL, and online at Tuxmobile and Linux-on-Laptops.


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