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Old 05-26-2003, 09:17 PM   #1
kko88
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Installation help - Wierd thing with my grub ... I think


I'm trying to install Slackware because people have posted that it does not run as many background apps and can start up really fast (bad reasons, but oh well). Well, I got the install iso on a cd and after I ran setup and everything, it told me to restart with ctrl+alt+del so I did. But when it restarted, I see my good 'ole SuSE boot loader. I think it's grub. So I choose to start Linux and lo and behold! Nothing is there. The verbose mode is having errors so I press the power to my computer. Could someone tell me what's going on? I formatted my only linux native partition. Thanks
 
Old 05-26-2003, 09:20 PM   #2
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slackware's default boot loader is lilo. i guess you didnt install lilo during the installation. boot into slackware using the cd and then install lilo.

bit of advice, slackware is not for newbies. learn with the other disto and then you can play with slack
 
Old 05-26-2003, 09:57 PM   #3
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boot into slack with the boot cd and type liloconfig, choose expert mode. if you chose the simple mode thats probably your problem. point the slackware choice to the hdd that slack is on, like /dev/hda1 or /dev/hda2 if you have windows also on there. if so point the "dos/fat" choice to /dev/hda1 or whatever it is. then choose to install onto the mbr. do it multiple times if necessary. worked for me to get rid of the mandrake,ugh, boot loader off.
 
Old 05-27-2003, 07:51 PM   #4
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Ok. Got rid of grub. It sorta broke so I ended up reinstalling windows just now. What fun. Anyways, I found out that it seems Slackware Installer for 9.0 couldn't read the source device (install cd). It had to be mounted somewhere. I checked around on the Slack site, but all I found was that the id had to be 0. When I was installing windows, I saw that my hdd id was 0. So I don't know, I tried mounting it, failed miserably, and that was probably why Grub went crazy. Atleast I don't have to deal with the bootloader and choose windows everytime now. If only slack would install now... And yes, I do realize slack is not for newbs like me. But I still want to try. I feel so helpless...
 
Old 05-27-2003, 09:44 PM   #5
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na dude, slack is perfect for noobs, it makes you learn it, i learned on it and im still not a guru or anything but i know enough. you just had a bad install, i had one, but i usually have them with mandrake, imagine that. dont give up just try again now that windows is reinstalled it should have wrote completely over the MBR and a fresh windows reinstall is the perfect time for you to try reinstalling again. good luck
 
Old 05-28-2003, 04:57 PM   #6
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Ok, I'm still stuck at install it seems. I can't seem to mount the cdrom drive, or atleast, Slack 9 install can't find it. It's wierd. I mean, it finds the cd when I choose to install from Slack cd, but when I try to install the packages, it craps out. When I choose install from slack cd, I see text that says a cdrom drive has been found at /dev/hdd. So I tried mounting that the way it is in the Slackware-HOWTO file on the slack ftp/http sites. Doesn' work. /mnt/cdrom doesn't seem to exist or something. I tried doing it the way the HOWTO told me to. That failed miserably. I tried just mounting to /mnt/ and not /mnt/cdrom that did something. Not sure what though. When I go to the /cdrom/ dir, I end up in .... a dir I can't remember. Something to do with /var/ I think. Not positive. But anyways, I look for a /slackware/ dir. Can't find it. This is wierd...
 
Old 05-28-2003, 05:34 PM   #7
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what was the exact command format you used to mount the cdrom?

and post the contents of your /etc/fstab file.
 
Old 05-28-2003, 05:54 PM   #8
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'mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom' as from the slackware-HOWTO file

posting the contents of /etc/fstab... this is gonna require me restarting the computer...
 
Old 05-28-2003, 05:57 PM   #9
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do you have the cdrom directory in the /mnt directory. if you dont have it you have to create it, otherwise it will give an error.
 
Old 05-28-2003, 07:29 PM   #10
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Yay, I just installed Slack 9! I'm so stupid. Slack kept seeing a cd in my dvd drive (hdd) but the cd was in my cdr/rw drive (hdc) so I got that problem taken care of. It was successful and I'm so glad, after repartitioning my entire computer. But a new problem has arisen, I set up my network wrong. I have cable but I can't seem to install a driver for my ethernet card. Do I have to do this in text mode, or can I do this in kde? If text mode, what is the command I most type? Thanks for all the help!

EDIT: Go figure, I had to reboot after I did netconfig. All is fine now. Thanks again!

Last edited by kko88; 05-29-2003 at 06:37 AM.
 
Old 05-29-2003, 03:56 PM   #11
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If you ever wanna do that sort of thing again, you just have to rerun any install scripts you want from pkgtool. (As root)

Have fun, and welcome to slacker land.
 
Old 05-29-2003, 05:09 PM   #12
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Thanks. I have a question. How do I get rid of that desktop menu up top in KDE? It's so very annoying and I'm trying to use a theme with karamba for a toolbar. The default one gets annoying.
 
  


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