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xephrine 07-29-2008 09:48 PM

Installing in a external HDD
 
I did a dual-boot with WinXP at the moment, and somehow lilo doesn't work for me. It boots straight away to WinXP. So do I have to reinstall lilo at MBR? (I think I installed it at the Linux partition before)

I just bought an external HDD which connected via USB. If I want to install Slackware in the external HDD, what is the best way to do it? And is it advisable to do so?

budword 07-29-2008 10:24 PM

You'll need to install some sort of boot loader to the MBR. You could reinstall, or use a live distro to do it, or you could take the easy way out, and have supergrubbootdisk do it for you.

http://www.supergrubdisk.org/

David

P.S. I'm not the best guy to ask about slack :) Good luck with that though....

onebuck 07-30-2008 10:57 PM

Hi,
Quote:

Originally Posted by xephrine (Post 3230441)
I did a dual-boot with WinXP at the moment, and somehow lilo doesn't work for me. It boots straight away to WinXP. So do I have to reinstall lilo at MBR? (I think I installed it at the Linux partition before)

I just bought an external HDD which connected via USB. If I want to install Slackware in the external HDD, what is the best way to do it? And is it advisable to do so?

You should connect the external hdd up then boot the Slackware 12.1 install cd1/dvd. If the default kernel recognizes the drive then continue with the install. I would personally setup the external hdd partitions before the install/setup. That way you will be sure that the hdd and created partitions are OK.

If the default kernel doesn't recognize the external hdd then boot with the huge.s. But my money is on the huge-smp recognizing your drives.

Code:

excerpt from CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT;

As stated earlier, it is recommended that you use one of the generic kernels
  rather than the huge kernels; the huge kernels are primarily intended as
  "installer" and "emergency" kernels in case you forget to make an initrd.
  For most systems, you should use the generic SMP kernel if it will run,
  even if your system is not SMP-capable.  Some newer hardware needs the
  local APIC enabled in the SMP kernel, and theoretically there should not be
  a performance penalty with using the SMP-capable kernel on a uniprocessor
  machine, as the SMP kernel tests for this and makes necessary adjustments.

You will need to write to the MBR of the internal hdd if your BIOS doesn't recognize a usb boot. If your BIOS supports USB boot then you could boot from the external.

As for your problem with the lilo not working, are you sure that you wrote too the MBR of the boot device?


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