Instal Error cannot lock password file
I installed Slackware 9.0 from CD at work faultlessly. At Home I ran setup, reformatted old Mandrake partitions on hdb to ext3, set targets - setup replied fstab would be updated correctly - installed Full software, installed bare.i kernel from CD, hotplug, skipped LILO (I use Grub), then mouse, and gpm.
All looked well so far until Network. It asked for sendmail config, but didn't seem to run netconfig. Does it run that here? Then skipped to fonts, clock, timezone, WM config.
Then it asked me to make a password for Root. After entering password, I get an Error 'cannot lock password file, try again later'.
On skipping root password, it then said the install was complete and I should reboot. On reboot, tried to boot from CD with boot: bare.i root=/dev/hdb1 noinit ro - gives the error 'can't mount /, cannot find / in fstab' plus 'possible superblock errors', and 'can't read from ext2' .
I had a look with a knoppix CD and under my hdb partitions there is nothing - so I can't edit fstab.
What on Earth happened? I unplugged cable modem, printer, and tried again. Same Errors. How can I investigate? I'm depressed and stuck with Windows.