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Old 07-16-2010, 10:38 PM   #1
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Blank screen with a blinking cursor after installing Slackware 13.1


Friends,

Yesterday I managed to install Slackware 13.1 after manually selecting the packages and using cfdisk.

After every thing was done, the message said "Press xyz keys to reboot your system"

(I do not remember what those xyz keys were).

After pressing those keys I took out the DVD. The system restarted and there was a blank screen with a blinking cursor.

Any idea what did I miss there ?

EDIT
I partitioned it as follows:

root : bootable : primary
home : logical

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Old 07-17-2010, 02:26 AM   #2
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Try booting in your new system with the DVD - how to do that is explained on the greeting screen - then (re)run lilo.
 
Old 07-17-2010, 04:04 AM   #3
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Yesterday I managed to install Slackware 13.1 after manually selecting the packages and using cfdisk.
If it didn't work you should try reinstall it using "default" or "all" but not "manually selecting the packages" for you may have missed something important under default installation.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:17 AM   #4
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If it didn't work you should try reinstall it using "default" or "all" but not "manually selecting the packages" for you may have missed something important under default installation.

Hope this helps.
Thanks,

May be you are correct, I shall re-install it today, and I shall uncheck only the packages which I know and understand.

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Old 07-17-2010, 07:19 AM   #5
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Try booting in your new system with the DVD - how to do that is explained on the greeting screen - then (re)run lilo.
Thanks,

Here by booting do you mean that I should reinstall Slack ?
and what is the method to re-run Lilo ?
 
Old 07-17-2010, 07:25 AM   #6
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and one more question:
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Do I need to take out the DVD while rebooting ?
 
Old 07-17-2010, 07:39 AM   #7
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Here by booting do you mean that I should reinstall Slack ?
No, simply insert the DVD again, reboot, then on the greeting screen you will see instructions like this one:
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In a pinch, you can boot your system from here with a command line like:

boot: hugesmp.s root=/dev/sda1 rdinit= ro

In the example above, /dev/sda1 is the / Linux partition
Simply do what is written (replace /dev/sda1 by your / Linux directory if it is not /dev/sda1).
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and what is the method to re-run Lilo ?
Open a terminal, run the command "liloconfig" then "lilo -t -v" then if all goes well "lilo"
 
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:44 AM   #8
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and one more question: do I need to take out the DVD while rebooting
Only after you have done what I told you in previous post.

Still, it would be much safer to make a full install. The only good reason not to do that is if you are really very short on disk space.
 
Old 07-17-2010, 07:51 AM   #9
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Try booting in your new system with the DVD - how to do that is explained on the greeting screen - then (re)run lilo.
Do as Didier suggests and it will tell you what you need to know...also have a look at your nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf and possibly change the driver to the "vesa" driver to get you going.
 
Old 07-17-2010, 07:55 AM   #10
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Didier,

Thanks for replying

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No, simply insert the DVD again, reboot, then on the greeting screen you will see instructions like this one:
Simply do what is written (replace /dev/sda1 by your / Linux directory if it is not /dev/sda1).
Where should I write that code for replacing , i.e. (replace /dev/sda1 by your / Linux directory if it is not /dev/sda1).

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Open a terminal, run the command "liloconfig" then "lilo -t -v" then if all goes well "lilo"
Since Slack is not starting up, when can I get a terminal ?

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Old 07-17-2010, 07:59 AM   #11
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Do as Didier suggests and it will tell you what you need to know...also have a look at your nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf and possibly change the driver to the "vesa" driver to get you going.
To do what Didier is saying, I need to understand what he is saying, Now I know why it is generally said that Slack is only for Geeks !
 
Old 07-17-2010, 08:10 AM   #12
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Now I know why it is generally said that Slack is only for Geeks !
its really easy anishakaul once you get the hang of it

Slackware is very easy really; you will like it...
I know nothing of bash, programming, etc and get along fine with Slackwre, my fav
I can barely type hello world, much less in a "language"
lol

I suggest you do a reinstall if possible....
 
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:11 AM   #13
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Where should I write that code , i.e. (replace /dev/sda1 by your / Linux directory if it is not /dev/sda1).
Boot with the DVD inserted, then at the end of the screen you will see:
Code:
boot:
If your root linux partition is /dev/sda1, just complete the line as follows then hit Enter:
Code:
boot: hugesmp.s root=/dev/sda1 rdinit= ro
But if for instance your Slackware Linux root partition is /dev/sda3 not /dev/sda1, type instead:
Code:
boot: hugesmp.s root=/dev/sda3 rdinit= ro
Then Linux will start and after that you will get a console where you can type the other commands.

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Old 07-17-2010, 08:13 AM   #14
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its really easy anishakaul once you get the hang of it

Slackware is very easy really; you will like it...
I know nothing of bash, programming, etc and get along fine with Slackwre, my fav
I can barely type hello world, much less in a "language"
lol

I suggest you do a reinstall if possible....
I have started liking it, you will see me on this Slackware forum from now onwards

But let Didier explain where I need to write that code for replacing sda1 !

EDIt
Didier replied before this post.

--Anisha

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Old 07-17-2010, 08:22 AM   #15
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Didier,

Thanks for the effort

I shall respond to that post of yours after 1 or 2 days.

Thanks again.
 
  


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