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Old 03-14-2003, 05:50 PM   #1
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Trouble installing slackware


Hey, I had Red Hat 7.3 on my system and then I wanted to switch to slackware (for a better server os). Well, now I am having trouble installing it. I had GRUB loaded on it before, and now it looks like it is still trying to load GRUB. It just sits at a black screen with the word "GRUB" on the top left. I deleted all the partitions, and I created a new partition. Then I reformatted and installed slackware. I don't see why I should still see GRUB on it. Any help is appreciated. Also, when it asked me to configure my network, it asked me for my host name, is that just my ISP?

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Old 03-14-2003, 06:22 PM   #2
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Most probably, you chose to install the bootloader into the boot sector of a partition ( /dev/hda4 for instance ) instead of installing it to the MBR ( /dev/hda ). The MBR of your disk contains the old boot code.

You can reload GRUB/LILO into the MBR by it booting your system from the rescue-cd ( the install cd ), mounting your root partition and using command grub-install /dev/hda . Assuming hda for your hard-drive, substitute accordingly.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 08:36 PM   #3
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Thanks, it was the MBR. I am in slackware now. One question, how do I get to the GUI? I will end up running it in text mode, I just need to download the software and stuff.

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Old 03-14-2003, 08:51 PM   #4
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Also, I know that I installed KDE as a package.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 09:17 PM   #5
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After logging in as root, type adduser to create a user account. Once that account is created, you need to configure X before you will see the GUI. Type xf86config to set up your X. Logout of root account and into the newly created user account. Type startx and you should get to GUI.

Hope this helps.

EDIT: Also, if it doesn't work, check your /etc/xinit/xinitrc file and make sure that "startkde" (minus the quotes) is in there so as to specify KDE as the Desktop Environment to launch with X.

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Old 03-14-2003, 09:41 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestion, but I configured it and it didnt work. Maybe I am putting in the wrong hardware information (this computer is a few years old). Is there a way to probe it?

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Old 03-14-2003, 10:14 PM   #7
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Well, since it isnt permanent at all, I did:
cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-fbdev /etc/X11/XF86Config
and it worked.

I have one more question though. I am trying to connect to the Internet but it isnt working. It asked me for hostname, is that my ISP? If it is, then it didnt work. Thanks
 
Old 03-14-2003, 10:18 PM   #8
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"hostname" is whatever you want to call your box. Mine is frankenstein.

Anyway, run netconfig as root if you're connecting through cable or DSL. When it asks for 'hostname' put whatever you want. The rest of the information is for your ISP. Make sure you've got your ISP's primary and secondary DNS IPs as well as the DHCP server name and IP address (if needed). After you've got it set up, you should reboot. When I was configuring, I rebooted because just typing "ifconfig eth0 up" didn't work for me as was suggested to me. Hopefully this helps you out. If it doesn't work or if you're on dial up, let me know.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 10:28 PM   #9
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I am on a cable modem, I have a router that acts as a DHCP server. I dont remember ever needing to provide DNS information from my ISP. When it asks for a domain name for this machine, what is that?

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Old 03-14-2003, 10:45 PM   #10
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That is going to be your ISP's DNS server name.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 10:59 PM   #11
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And if I put my router gets DNS automatically for DNS, should I put the router address?
 
Old 03-14-2003, 11:14 PM   #12
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It was my router for DNS, its working now. Thanks for everybodies help!
 
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I missed the part about the router. Glad you got it working!
 
  


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