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CW_OP 09-28-2013 05:56 PM

Slackware 14.0 Clean Install Unbootable Lilo wont install.
 
I did a clean install of Slackware 14.0 from the DVD on my Acer Aspire One D270-1410 netbook. I previously installed Slackware 13.37 on this computer with no problems.

Lilo will not install in MBR.
Recieved error "Unable to determine video adapter in use in the present system" "Fatal open /dev/sdb1: No such file or directory"

The USB boot stick I made during installation does not accept any keyboard input at its prompt.

I cant boot the operating system. Which means I cannot access the file system to fix or install lilo. Please Help!

slackass 09-28-2013 08:17 PM

Boot it from the Install DVD.
The instructions are on the 1st screen that the DVD boots to. look for the phrase "in a pinch"

allend 09-28-2013 09:14 PM

The OPs netbook probably does not have an optical drive.
I suggest making a bootable USB stick as described in README_USB.TXT in the usb-and-pxe-installers directory of the install DVD.
Then follow this guide to rerun lilo. http://docs.slackware.com/howtos:sla...oot_from_media

volkerdi 09-28-2013 09:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CW_OP (Post 5036573)
I did a clean install of Slackware 14.0 from the DVD on my Acer Aspire One D270-1410 netbook. I previously installed Slackware 13.37 on this computer with no problems.

Lilo will not install in MBR.
Recieved error "Unable to determine video adapter in use in the present system" "Fatal open /dev/sdb1: No such file or directory"

The USB boot stick I made during installation does not accept any keyboard input at its prompt.

I cant boot the operating system. Which means I cannot access the file system to fix or install lilo. Please Help!

This is a bug that was specific to installing with a USB stick and leaving it in during the installation (it is fixed in -current). What happened is that the kernel picked up the USB stick as /dev/sda, and the main drive in the computer as /dev/sdb. A workaround is to pull the stick as soon as the installer kernel begins to boot, before the kernel can pick up the stick as the first system drive.

As far as the USB stick that was made during the installation, I also have a similar netbook and have noted the failure of syslinux to accept keyboard input. What you can do is mount the stick on another machine, and edit the syslinux.cfg. Add a line "timeout 100", and the stick will boot after a short delay without requiring keyboard input. Also, edit any occurrences of "sdb" to "sda". Then you should be able to use the stick to boot your machine. You'll need to edit /etc/lilo.conf to correct the root device, and probably /etc/fstab as well.

Hope this helps.

CW_OP 09-29-2013 01:25 AM

Slackware 14.0 Clean Install Unbootable Lilo wont install.
 
I tried volkerdi's suggestion of fixing the USB stick and booting but that only booted to a blinking curser that would not allow any keyboard input. I also tried slackass's suggestion of booting from the DVD but that booted me to a blank screen.

It looks like my $50 Slackware 14.0 DVD is unable to install a useable system on a netbook using a external USB DVD drive.

My question is if I download Slackware 14.0 DVD iso from the Slackware site will I get the fixed -current version as volkerdi says?

And do I need to download both DVD iso's including the source code to get it to install?

willysr 09-29-2013 04:21 AM

The DVD is not changed after it's released, so my suggestion is to wait for Slackware 14.1, or download unofficial ISO images for Slackware-Current here (32 bit) and here (64 bit)

colorpurple21859 09-29-2013 06:43 PM

using nomodeset as boot parameter may get rid of the black screen.

CW_OP 09-30-2013 04:48 PM

Slackware 14.0 Clean Install Unbootable Lilo wont install.
 
I took willysr's advice and downloaded the unofficial .oso image of Slackware-current from the link he provided.
It installed without problems and I am up and running once more. Thanks everyone for your help!


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