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Old 12-03-2004, 08:51 PM   #1
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Fresh Install Slack 10 Kernel Ver. Prob.

Just installed Slackware 10. Wiped the drive. Made one swap and one root partition. Tried to keep it simple. Installed all packages except a couple that I felt safe to say were not necessary at all.

Noticed something was wrong when ifconfig reported loopback address only. Saw that modprobe was looking for files under a 2.2.20 path instead of the 2.4.26 path which exists on the new system. Read through the forums a bit, and realized /etc/lilo.conf was set to use image vmlinuz instead of vmlinuz-ide-2.4.26. Changed that and ran /sbin/lilo Rebooted, and still running kernel 2.2.20-idepci according to uname -r By the way, there are no files in /boot with 2.2.20 version number, and 2.4.26 is there. I'm guessing the default vmlinuz image must be of that earlier version. However, I'm having difficulty determining what is calling it.

I can't post copies of much, since I can't get this machine networked yet. Although I've been messing with linux for over a year, I'm still pretty much a newbie at it (mostly Fedora and still somewhat dependent upon the GUI stuff). This is my first experience with Slackware. I'm fairly certain I didn't make any mistakes during the installation. Perhaps I did, or perhaps this is a bug of some sort. Your responses are appreciated.
Old 12-03-2004, 08:57 PM   #2
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Slackware isn't using the 2.2.x kernel series for ages. I don't know where you got this Slackware version but to me it looks like your installation CD is not a correct Slackware 10.0 version.

You can download official ISO's at one of the mirrors on the list:
Old 12-05-2004, 01:14 PM   #3
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The first download came from one of the sites at the above mentioned URL. After reading your reply, I tested the files by redownloading them using BitTorrent from, and md5ing each. They matched. While waiting for the new download I wiped the partitions and set the system up again... twice. Keep getting the same thing... System wants to boot to 2.2.20, even though that kernel doesn't appear to be present.

I can only assume that I've missed a basic choice during installation. It's probably something so simple that it's easily overlooked by people who are comfortable w/ this distro. I followed the steps in the I downloaded and installed Debian on the same system a few days ago, which seemed to run as intended.

Question: Could installing from the cdrom only, without having access to a floppy drive cause this? The system I've been installing on has a faulty floppy controller. So, I have it disabled and have been using the cdrom to get the machine up to the point where it is on the network and can go from there.
Old 12-05-2004, 05:19 PM   #4
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You don't need a floppy disk if your system is able to boot the cd. A md5 check is good enough to ensure there is nothing wrong with the cd. The only thing I can think of is old data present on your harddisk already and appearing somewhere at boot time after installation. But the lack of a floppy can hardly cause the appearing of software not present on your cd.
Old 12-06-2004, 09:08 AM   #5
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I use dd to wipe a hard drive, and it looks like you need only erase mbr, so it would be
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hdx bs=512 count=1
Then need only run setup to install boot loader.

Please check the above command, as I wrote it from memory. My hd is /dev/hda.


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