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I believe this to be a software issue, simply state if its not and move it please.
I have an old laptop (winbook xl2) lying around that I'd like to put linux on to take to college. My goal is to put Slackware, especially since I haven't gotten a chance to check out v10.0. Anyways, the laptop, which I've used for a while (it had slackware 9.0 on it a while back, Gentoo for a few months, and then windows 2000 because I couldn't get the modem to work and I didn't want to fight with it). I installed slackware 10, but when i got to the end of the installation and it prompted for a root password, it said that the passwd command could not be found, so the installation failed. At that point I also noticed it never asked to load a kernel or configure the network or timezones or anything. I tried it again, and the same thing happened. Frustrated, and having nothing else to do, I tried a 3rd time before it actually stuck. However, when I booted for the first time, it got to loading ldconfig and simply froze. I left it there about an hour and nothing happened. It wasn't a complete freeze, as the screen would shut off after about 10 minutes and i could bring it back by pressing alt. I decided to try Slackware 9 again, which installed fine, but I got the same problem with loading ldconfig. Finally I tried Gentoo, which also installed, but once I tried to recomple a kernel, i received a clock skew error, and nothing would compile. By the way I installed Gentoo from Slackware, which worked perfectly. Right now I have freebsd on it, which works (to the best of my knowledge) but I really don't know much about freebsd and I'm not even comfortable enough with linux to be moving on.
Can anyone explain why ldconfig is giving me such a hard time and what exactly a clock skew is? Any thoughts on what's going on or suggestions on what to try would be great. Thanks.