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Old 01-29-2005, 08:15 AM   #1
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slackware kernel problems


i just tryed installing slackware on my compaq armada e500. it goes through the install pretty swiftly although there were a few srrors. the poblem arises when the slackware install finishes and i am told to rebot. i rebot and that is all it does. all i get is the nice little compaq logo a black screen then it restarts . compaq black screen restart, compaq black screen and restart. that is all i get. some one has told me that it is the kernel i chose. well i have gone through the install several times and picked differnet kernals and i still get the same results. anyone know what to do? thank you in advance.
 
Old 01-29-2005, 08:25 AM   #2
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When installing, did you by any chance make a bootable rescue disk? (floppy disk)
 
Old 01-29-2005, 08:30 AM   #3
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no i did not seeing as that my floopy drive is broken........stupid siblings
 
Old 01-29-2005, 08:40 AM   #4
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well... i think you have to install "lilo" in the mbr.

-boot your cd#1 and start your sys as instructed on screen
( that's smth. like " bare.i mount root=......etc " )

-run " liloconfig ". choose "expert " option and make sure to install in the mbr.

that should work.

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Old 01-29-2005, 08:47 AM   #5
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do i type liloconfig when logged in as root? or do i have to go through setup? i tryed it after i boot bare.i and map my keyboard.
 
Old 01-29-2005, 08:50 AM   #6
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...did you also type the "mount root=... " stuff when booting from cd ?
you have to do that to boot the system you've installed.

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Old 01-29-2005, 08:57 AM   #7
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no i did not type anything of that sort. would you mind tell me what i ahve to type seeing as i have no idea as to what i am doing. also i installed lilo onto the mbr. no dice
 
Old 01-29-2005, 08:59 AM   #8
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as i said, when you boot the cd, you get instructions onscreen on what to enter to boot your system.

then login as root and run "liloconfig" .

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Old 01-29-2005, 09:19 AM   #9
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i have tryed that. i boot up the bare.i kernel map my keyboard, log in as root , and then try to run "liloconfig" nothing it says no such file or directory.
 
Old 01-29-2005, 09:35 AM   #10
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OK lets start it over...
Boot from the cd and type
fdisk -l
or
/sbin/fdisk -l
if you get a command not found error,
and post the results.
 
Old 01-29-2005, 10:24 AM   #11
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i did it some weird way but some how it loaded. i messed with lilo and i finnaly got it to work. now i am having a prob. with the gui.my second slackware cd which has the kde and the gnome does not instal. this has happend to several of my freinds. the only gui i can get up is the start x 1.i tried blackbox fluxbox and xfce but i cant get that to come up.does n e 1 kno if i can somehow get the kde or gnome from my second cd to instal now or if there is an other good gui that i can atleast get started with.oh and does n e 1 kno what the change gui command is.
 
Old 01-29-2005, 10:50 AM   #12
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i did it some weird way but some how it loaded. i messed with lilo and i finnaly got it to work. now i am having a prob. with the gui.my second slackware cd which has the kde and the gnome does not instal. this has happend to several of my freinds. the only gui i can get up is the start x 1.i tried blackbox fluxbox and xfce but i cant get that to come up.does n e 1 kno if i can somehow get the kde or gnome from my second cd to instal now or if there is an other good gui that i can atleast get started with.oh and does n e 1 kno what the change gui command is.
Did you try xorgsetup to configure the X-window?
If not try it now. The most "advaneced" gui in those listed is xfce. After you configure X you may type xwmconfig to select a window manager. You use startx to start the gui.
Anyway look here :http://shilo.is-a-geek.com/slack/

*EDIT*
Your slackware cd's might be corrupted.
The command you are looking for is pkgtool or installpkg.
Browse to /slackware/kde/ in the first or second cd (can't remember) and type:
installpkg *.tgz
or type pkgtool and then choose
"install packages from the current directory"


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Old 01-29-2005, 11:11 AM   #13
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u were right i went to pkgtool and just ran the script for defalut gui and i just chose black box
i tryed running pkgtool and install from a differen dir /dev/cdrom but it said not found. then when i go to xterm and type dir /dev/cdrom all i get is a blue /dev/cdrom@. so basicaly i can't get kde.

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Old 01-29-2005, 11:48 AM   #14
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nothing that perfect_circle has already said

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Old 01-29-2005, 11:58 AM   #15
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You are a real Unix/linux newbie.
You dont know what mount is.
In Unix everything are files. Even your devices.
The /dev/cdrom is just a link (sortcat) do:
ls -l /dev/cdrom. That what the funny @ after it says.
It's linking to /dev/hdx where x=1,2,3,4 or /dev/srx if you use ide-scsi emulation (you need that to burn cd's with the 2.4 kernels, but not with 2.6 any more). Slackware thing it's safer to use 2.4 kernel as default.

To brows the cd do:
mount /dev/cdrom, and the cd filesystem will be attached under /mnt/cdrom.
SO do:
Code:
mount /dev/cdrom
Code:
cd /mnt/cdrom
to be able to eject the cdrom, leave this directory and try
Code:
umount /mnt/cdrom
or simply:
Code:
eject cdrom
for more info on the commands tryhttp://www.linuxcommand.org/

I can live without gui but you definitely need one. In the beginning the command line can be pretty frustrating.

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