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Old 10-22-2006, 08:33 AM   #1
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Can't get Slackware 11 live CD/DVD to boot with keyboard on a macbook

hi Slackers,

i've been trying to get slackware 11 live CD/DVD to boot so i can install it on my macbook. But my keyboard just doesn't work!
I've tried every kernel and they all said keyboard lockup or something, only the huge26 and test26 kernels would boot with sort of keyboard support, any key i press shows up dubble on the commandline. i also tried it with a usb keyboard but no avail. it's really frustrating sinds i'm i true slackware fan and i've waited a long time before i tried to install linux on my macbook. Ubuntu worked like a charm but it's still ubuntu...
so please help me, i don't think i'm te only person with a macbook and having this problem.

i'd really apreciate it
Old 10-23-2006, 08:10 AM   #2
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I am not sure I can help you, but I will try to give advise in order that you can solve the problem yourself.

You are probably missing a module, try to find the module or kernel or whatever configuration which make unbuntu works.

After that, if the standard slackware kernel do not support your keyboard; you will have to find an alternative way to install Slackware. One way would would be to try to regenerate the Slackware CD with support for the keyboard (the procedure to regenerate the Slackware CD is documented in the isolinux/README.TXT directory of Slackware).

Perhaps an esier way is to install Slackware from Ubuntu (or whatever Linux which works). You only need installpkg and tar-1.13 (the 1.13 version of the tar program), renamed tar-1.13, you can find these utility from the pkgtools-11.0.0-i486-4 and tar-1.15.1-i486-2 Slackware package (extract these package with tar -zxvf on Ubuntu and place these utilities in your PATH). To install format a new partition, mount it on say /mnt/Slackware and issue the following command

installpkg -root /mnt/Slackware /path/to/the/slackware-directory/*/*.tgz.

Then configure your Slackware installation from ubuntu to support your kernel, write a proper /etc/lilo.conf in /mnt/Slackware and install lilo by lilo -r /mnt/Slackware
Old 10-30-2006, 05:27 AM   #3
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Thanks man, it's been solved!

I've replaced the sata.i kernel on the disk with the default kernel from Vector linux, which is based on Slackware so it looked safe to me. Thanks for the tip with the isolinux/README file, now I know I've got to look in the FAQ section and install disk of Slackware when I want to modify something.
The only problem I have now is it doesn't want to boot. It propably is a conflict with EFI's GPM partition scheme and the MBR + LILO.

greetz, Rio
Old 11-27-2006, 04:13 PM   #4
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I've got a fairly large thread going on over here if your interested. You might have seen it allready.

Just all the in's and out's of getting Slackware on a macbook pro.
Old 11-28-2006, 07:28 AM   #5
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thnx for the link, i'll check it out.
hope to join the macbook slackware scene soon!


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