[SOLVED] Boot process hangs after LILO completes (-12.0)
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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 22.214.171.124 kernel, I see Loading linux-126.96.36.199, 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?
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)
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-188.8.131.52_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.