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Just downloaded the ISO image of slackware 8.1, but I'm having some problems. My machine is a dual-boot with WinXP with two hard drives; xp has the entire of the first one and a little on the second. I had SuSE 8.0 installed before, but was having some annoying troubles that shouldn't have been happening and I really didn't want to take the time to fix such knicky-knacky things, so I decided to switch to slack. Besides, I figured I'd probably learn a thing or two if I did.
Everything installed fine (at least it all seemed to) until I tried to start the computer. Two things occurred..
First, my BIOS would run through all of its POST routines, then get to the booting part, would find the MBR on the hard drive, then just hang, saying that it had found a boot record on the drive. Strange, and I had to turn off the power to get my comp running again. I am able to boot into linux using the boot floppies I made during startup. All of that works fine.
The second thing that has happened is a problem with X windows system, which I didn't take the time to write down (oops) Basically, it won't start, even after running xf86config again. I'm really more concerned about the booting problem; windows isn't cheap (but occaisionally it is nice to have it, much as I hate to admit it)
After looking into the booting problem, i ran liloconf, and now every time I run it it says that there was an error writing the MBR, and the same thing happens when trying to write to a superblock. After that, I decided to check my partition tables, so I ran cfdisk. It refuses to run now (I used it to delete my SuSE partitions and replace them with ext2 instead of Reiser fs) complaining about a bad partition table that ends before sector 0. fdisk, on the other hand, will run and lists all partitions correctly (at least as far as I can tell) except that under the boot column on hda1, it doesn't have an asterisk like it should; instead it has a question mark! I haven't repartitioned anything since the install, and I've tried liloconf a few times but nothing seems to work.
the bios shows them correctly; i did just notice something when I looked at fdisk's list of partitions (since I've been getting this invalid partition crap) hda1 starts at like 20000, and ends at 21000 (and some odd numbers, but that's besides the point) shouldn't it be starting at 1? It's the only partition I've got on that drive