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Old 05-11-2007, 09:57 PM   #1
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Installing Slackware 11.0 to External Hard Drive


Hey everyone,

I'm trying to get a Slackware installation to boot from my Western Digital MyBook external hard drive. As a test, I went in and installed everything from /a, and installed LILO to the external drive itself. Then upon booting, I select from my BIOS to boot from that drive, but I then get nothing but a string of 9's.

After Slackware installed, I also mounted the second CD and installed the modules for huge26.s. I'm kind of at a loss of what to do from here, information on this seems scattered and very distro-specific.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 05-12-2007, 12:43 AM   #2
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The string of 9's is an error code issued by lilo. I think you have not set up lilo properly. Where did you install lilo ?
 
Old 05-12-2007, 12:56 AM   #3
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Try this ... boot from your 1st CD and do something like

huge26.s root=/dev/sda1 noinitrd ro

change sda appropriately and see if it boots. If not then it means your huge26.s can't detect your external.
 
Old 05-12-2007, 06:01 AM   #4
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If huge26.s cannot detect your external HD and it is USB you could try a boot cd http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...+boot+cd+howto

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Old 05-12-2007, 11:37 PM   #5
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huge26.s should be able to detect it, as when I use that kernel in setup I can CFDISK that drive. I'm wondering if that drive doesn't spin up fast enough for LILO to catch it.

I ended up getting a second hard drive today, but I'm still going to tinker with this. I'll post more when I give it a try, thanks for the suggestions!
 
Old 05-13-2007, 03:57 AM   #6
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that is immaterial. You use cfdisk after all modules are loaded. You need to be able to detect external without any modules. If you need modules you will need a initrd.


Best thing I will say is to compile your own kernel ... what you are trying to do shouldn't be hard at all.
 
  


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