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Okay, I've gone through the install a couple of times now. I've followed the steps in the 2nd ed. of Slackware linux Essentials. When I get everything installed and remove the cd and hit ctrl-alt-del to restart I get the standard HP blue startup screen and then a blinking cursor up in the upper left of the screen. That's all I get though. I can't enter anything on the keyboard or anything. Just the cursor.
It's an old HP 6545C that I put a new 40G drive into.
Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I just don't know.
Originally posted by ciotog I would recommend instead to install to the mbr - just change the line
The partition did have the bootable flag set. I'm re-installing everything again today. I understood what you had told me to do but I have no idea how to do it. I'm at the part of the install where it asks where I want LILO installed. The third, MBR, option has "(possibly unsafe)" next to it but I'll give it a shot I guess.
And no, I'm not dual booting. Linux will be the only OS on this system.
Originally posted by ciotog If you're not dual booting then there's no risk at all installing LILO in the MBR. It's only unsafe when you're dual-booting and the other OS requires their own boot loader to be there.
Ah, okay, that makes sense. The "unsafe" warning pretty much made me shy away from actually attempting it.
Im having this same problem, and i remember installing lilo to the superblock. Im not dual booting and i did set the boot flag. Im thinking that i need to install the boot info on the mbr. How do i go about changing that, without going through the entire inatallation process? I can boot from the install cd, and i didnt make a floppy when i was prompted during the install.
If you can boot from the installation cd you should be able to mount the root partition somewhere (/mnt/linux for example), chroot to /mnt/linux, edit /etc/lilo.conf to tell it to install in the mbr (by changing the boot= option as mentioned above), run /sbin/lilo then reboot.
Or you can go through the setup process again, but skip the package installation step.