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Old 05-03-2007, 09:27 AM   #1
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boot halts since new videocard


Since I installed Slackware 11 I have booted using the sata.i kernel from disk. I am not able to compile a working kernel myself for some reason, at least not since I am using version 11.
Anyway, since I bought a new videocard the boot process halts as it complains that /var/run/utmp cannot be accessed. (Prior to this there are other error messages as well.)
I see no connection as I haven't touched anything since the videocard was installed and I am not able to reconfigure xorg.conf in this stage, but this problem is not related to this config file.
I am quite stuck.
 
Old 05-03-2007, 09:34 AM   #2
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this should be run by rc.S ; can you run it manually (as root) ?

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rm -f /var/run/utmp
# Create a fresh utmp file:
touch /var/run/utmp
chown root:utmp /var/run/utmp
chmod 664 /var/run/utmp
oh, and run a check on your harddrive, just to be sure.

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shutdown -Fr now
 
Old 05-03-2007, 10:39 AM   #3
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Thanks.
I already touched and chmoded several files, creating a new one made no difference.
When I boot the sata.i (or another) kernel with root=/dev/sda8 (in this case) the system hangs and I can't do anything.
When I run the sata.i kernel without parameters and I mount the var partition I am not able to run rc.S; it results in an error.
shutdown doesn't run (but there is nothing wrong with my hd).
 
Old 05-03-2007, 11:30 AM   #4
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Is everything set up properly in your BIOS ?
 
Old 05-03-2007, 12:42 PM   #5
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I haven't changed anything since then in the BIOS (and XP works fine), except the inevitable boot sequence since I need the CD.
I fear that reinstalling everything (sounds like windows) is the option I may end up with, and perhaps change to Debian since Slack 11 hasn't given me much pleasure so far. I don't know.
 
Old 05-03-2007, 12:56 PM   #6
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More power to you!
 
Old 05-03-2007, 01:02 PM   #7
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Video card drivers?

Have you tried booting with the cd and installing drivers for the new video card? are you using a bootloader or just booting from the cd?
 
Old 05-03-2007, 02:50 PM   #8
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I am trying to boot from the cd in plain terminal mode. I didn't even install the videodrivers of my former videocard.
The problem probably occurs in an earlier stage, and perhaps the partitions are not mounted properly for whatever reason.
When I load the kernel from CD /var can be mounted as /dev/sda9
When I load the kernel with parameter root=/dev/sda8
I see that /dev/sda10 is mapped onto /var,
There is also a message that /dev/sda13 is not a valid block device and /dev/hda5 and /dev/hda6 are not valid or an error of similar content.
This doesn't make sense to me.
 
  


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