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I'd like to setup a dual boot - Win2k and Slack9. I have already Win2k. I make a new partition (Linux Ext3) for Slack 9. I've setup it without any errors, but then, when I try to boot it ...error... tried again booting slack9 with the boot disk but error occurs again...i've try to setup slack8.1 but the same error occurs again...can u help me? can u guess what's the problem? is there any special to do ?
Did you install LILO and, if you did, where did you install it? When you're booting from the floppy, which kernel image are you using on the floppy? For instance, if you have a bare.i boot kernel and a weird hard drive, that may explain the floppy failure. And if LILO isn't correctly installed, that may explain the hard drive. Although, also there, you need the right kernel.
Don't take it as criticism but just trying to help you get help when people say that describing your hardware, describing how you partitioned and installed, exactly what you typed, and describing - or better, pasting - exactly what the error was helps us help you. Otherwise, we're just guessing. Which we may do anyway, but it narrows the scope of the guessing. *g* And by describing, I mean giving us the output from /etc/fstab if possible, rather than saying "I gave my D: drive space to Slack." You didn't say that, but that's just an example. Nothing's as clear as fstab or, better, the output of fdisk /dev/hdX -l. If that can't be done, making up what you believe the output would have been is helpful, too, although, if you're not familiar with those commands, that'd be understandably difficult for you to do.
And mipia's suggestion is good - boot floppies can be touchy. A bad sector or slightly garbled command and it won't boot. Though you'd still need a fix for the hard drive. But if you can boot from the floppy, that'll also help with figuring out the hard drive issue.
- Damn, I'm slow. Exactly - we don't even know which boot loader you're talking about. If you're trying to use the NT loader, I'd expect problems.
As I say I use OSL2000 Boot Manager. I'm new at Linux and I don't know how to get the information from /etc/fstab sorry... Yes I've been installed LILO. Hardware config - P III 550 mhz; MAXTOR 20GB; Intel740 video; SoundBlasterPCI 64 i think that's enough. I can't remember exactly where I install LILO. I remember that there are 3 options. First - install in floppy disk, second - I can't remember but there is (not recemmended) so I use the third options... for kernel image I use 'bare.i'. what's the problem with this kernel?
Well, if you can't boot, you can't get it, but what I mean is something like
/dev/hda1 NTFS bootable 10GB
/dev/hda2 Linux 10 GB
That doesn't look anything like fstab, but it's clearer than some things. And things like sound and video aren't an issue here, so that's okay. Just the hardware that may be part of the trouble. Is the Maxtor IDE? There is no problem with the bare.i - it'll boot most anything, but the key is "most" - there are a lot of images for various odd hardware. I can't remember which option is recommended. I think you installed at your Linux partition. If it was LILO, I'd say you needed to switch bootable partitions, but I don't know anything about OSL2000. I suspect LILO's a non-issue, because it's this OSL2000 that would be running the show. How do you configure it to boot multiple systems? Have you added a Linux boot option to this loader?
Oh, and important question: can you still boot Win2K? (Probably yes, since you're posting, but maybe it's a second computer.) And, long shot, because you got an error message out of it, but it's possible to stick your floppy last in the boot order which some people do to avoid floppy boot sector viruses. That would definitely screw up the floppy boot. *g*
I'm falling asleep at the wheel here, but those are some issues to check and I'm sure someone else will come along to get you up and running.
smth like that...
yes maxtor IDE. There isn't anything to config in this boot manager. In the loader menu there is Linux boot option alredy. I still can boot Win2k yes...
so...I must change bootable partitions ?