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Old 03-11-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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Boot process hangs after LILO completes (-12.0)


My Sony VAIO notebook running Slackware-12.0 booted, ran, and shut down cleanly as recently as yesterday afternoon. This morning I try booting and the process hangs.

When the LILO display comes up, I press [Enter] for the default 2.6.21.5 kernel, I see Loading linux-2.6.21.5, followed by a stream of dots across the screen, then the LILO box disappears, the cursor returns on a new line, and the system sits. No hard drive activity light, nothing.

Can I re-install (or do a re-upgrade) from the distribution cdroms without losing the contents of /home and /usr/local?

What's the recommended procedure to recover from this and return the system to working?

Thanks,

Rich
 
Old 03-11-2008, 01:56 PM   #2
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you can always boot from the slackware 1 cd to do maintenence. just pop it in and boot it, adn when it comes up to ask for which kernel to boot, there should be a saying that says "In a pinch you can boot your slackware using this command" use that command. it should be something like root=/dev/hda1 rdinit=ro or something. just remember to replace your hard drive placement (hda1,sda2,sda1,etc)
 
Old 03-11-2008, 03:12 PM   #3
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you can always boot from the slackware 1 cd to do maintenence. just pop it in and boot it, and when it comes up to ask for which kernel to boot, there should be a saying that says "In a pinch you can boot your slackware using this command" use that command. it should be something like root=/dev/hda1 rdinit=ro or something. just remember to replace your hard drive placement (hda1,sda2,sda1,etc)
OK. I did this, booting hugesmp.s from /dev/hda6 rdinit=ro and up it came. I logged in as a user and used ssh to copy over kernel-generic-smp-2.6.21.5_smp-i686-2_slack12.0.tgz from my main workstation/server. I re-installed this kernel package, but when I tried to reboot, the system hung as before.

It's not the kernel, apparently, and the hard drive is working OK. What do I check next? As this is a new experience in my 10+ years running linux I'm at a total loss what might be wrong.

Thanks,

Rich
 
Old 03-11-2008, 04:00 PM   #4
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Fixed it! Just for giggles, I re-ran /sbin/lilo (although I had made no changes to /etc/lilo.conf since upgrading the kernel last month). That fixed the problem.

Wouldn't have thought to do this since LILO ran to completion ... or so it seemed.

Thanks, C-Sniper,

Rich
 
  


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