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I've seen this before. For me it was actually a BIOS problem. Rather than let the BIOS automatically detect the hard drives, I had to change it over to user-specified. The BIOS will still detect the drives, but it will then put in all the information needed. Once I did that, I was able to boot without trouble. Why did it work that way? Not sure. But I had the same problem with both GRUB and LILO before changing the BIOS.
I have wrecked my head and brain over this but no use! : (
I have two hard drives:
one is For WinXP and is only 20GB SCSI.
Second is ATA IDE 80GB, on which i installed Slack.
I have given the whole 80GB to Slack BTW.
Everything is cool until i reboot after installation.
Same Grub issue. It just comes to a GRUB prompt and thats it!!
I have tried reversing the order of my drives within BIOS but still the same problem. Actually if the WinXP drive is the 1st drive in BIOS, the system just boots into XP. But when i reverse the order of the drives, i get the GRUB prompt and linux does'nt load.
I tried booting from the rescue disk (the 2nd Slackware CD), but after i login as 'root' i come to the linux prompt.
Since i am a complete noob at this, i dont know what to do next. I would like to edit the 'lilo.conf' file but dont know how to get to it. When i do a 'fdisk -l' at the prompt, i can see all the linux partitions. But i cant get to them.
There might be a very simple solution to this, specially with the experienced among us but i am very new to this.
The problem has been SOLVED, the issue was that in an old installation, SuSE wrote in the MBR the GRUB Linux Loader, later i removed the partitions made by the OS, and finally installed slack..., so the only thing i had to do was installing LILO in the MBR, and then everything went ok...
Thanks to all the replys!
PS: How do I erase all the info in the MBR? that would be useful...