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Old 08-11-2007, 07:07 AM   #1
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A few problems: LILO and DE

Hello, I just got done installing Slackware 12. I'm basically a complete Linux newbie. I have been trying different distributions trying to decide which one I like. Slackware, MEPIS, ubuntu, debian, fedora. I've decided I want to go with Slackware, but I have just a few problems.

When I installed LILO to my MBR, it didn't seem to detect my windows partition correctly(I'm dual booting with WinXP). My WinXP is on /dev/hda2 and Linux on /dev/hda3. On /dev/hda1 is that stupid Compaq recover console thing...which is what LILO thinks is Windows. My question is, how can I make it boot /dev/hda2 instead of /dev/hda1?

My LILO conf file

# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
boot = /dev/hda
message = /boot/boot_message.txt
timeout = 1200
# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
vga = 773
# Normal VGA console
# vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# vga=791
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# vga=790
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# vga=773
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# vga=788
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
# vga=787
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
# vga=771
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
# vga=785
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
# vga=784
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
# vga=769
# End LILO global section
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/hda1
  label = Windows
  table = /dev/hda
# Windows bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/hda3
  label = Linux
# Linux bootable partition config ends

My other question has to do with my Desktop environment. I use Xfce and every time I logout of it my screen freaks out. I'll either see a black screen with white lines everywhere or just a completely black screen. I can tell that everything is still working, it's just my screen is messed up. Actually, the last time I installed Slackware (11) way back when. I had this same problem..except I used KDE.
Old 08-11-2007, 10:24 AM   #2
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# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/hda1
  label = Windows
  table = /dev/hda
# Windows bootable partition config ends
The lilo config is pointing to hda1. Change it to hda2
Old 08-11-2007, 11:04 AM   #3
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Remember to re-run 'lilo' as root after modifying the configuration file, to write the changes.
I've noticed that screen problem when exiting XFCE sometimes too, but right now it was working (with Slackware 12's version). Maybe you could try exiting XFCE by CTRL+ALT+BACKSCAPE (killing X), does it make any difference?
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I had originally edited the file to say /dev/hda2 and it didn't work. I didn't know you had to rerun the program. Problem is now fixed, thanks.

As for my DE I'm afraid CTRL+ALT+BACKSCAPE didn't help at all. I just got a black screen.
Old 08-11-2007, 12:26 PM   #5
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Sorry about the double post. I ran xorgsetup and it seems to have solved my problem. In addition, the scroll on my mouse works now.

However; I have a new, more interesting problem. Whenever my cursor leaves the screen(only to the right) it won't come back. In fact it seems Xfce completely crashes.


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