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Old 10-24-2002, 11:10 PM   #1
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Question A Whole Long List of Questions! (Just installed Slack 8.1)

Hello again everyone. I just finished installing Slackware 8.1 and I have a long list of questions, sorry to throw them all at you at once. If you could at least answer one or two, I'd appreciate it!

The first few questions have to do with LILO.

1. I went through the LILO expert install in setup, and selected a graphical mode, but now when I boot up I get a "LILO 2.22" at the bottom of the screen that stays there no matter what I hit, then starts loading Linux 5 seconds later (what I chose). How do I go to configure this and how can I get it back to normal?

2. Trend Chipawayvirus is detecting a boot virus since I installed LILO on my MBR. A warning comes up every time I reboot. How can I get rid of this message/fix this?

Ok, now for the rest of them:

3. I went with the default bare.i kernal when installing. I have downloaded the 5 MB or so newest stable kernel at What is the process I need to go through to install it, and how important is it that I install it?

4. I set my default desktop environment as XFCE (since KDE and Gnome were running too slowly). How do I configure my modem to get online under this environment? Also how can I change the background color of the prompt, the bright white is hard on the eyes.

BTW if anyone was wondering, the reason why it was slow before is that for some reason my CPU speed was set back down to 166 Mhz from the 450 it is (I thought it was 550, its really 450). However, the temperature rises too much when I set it above 200 Mhz. In BIOS it says that the fan is disconnected, but when I opened up the case it was running, so I'm not sure whats happening. At this point I'm running at 200 Mhz.

5. Under RedHat there were .bashrc files in the /root and ~ directories that I could export my PS1 variable to set the prompt. I don't see these under the Slackware install. Can I create a .bashrc file in those places and make it simply:

"#! /bin/bash

export PS1='blahblahblah'"

and it will work? Or do I need to do something else?

I'm sure I'll think of more questions later, but I'll leave it at that.

Oh yeah, one last question. Are there any tips anyone can give me for things to do after the installation. Anything helpful to do or things I'm forgetting?

Wait, one more Every once in a while, when restarting or at various times, the CD tray will eject without anything in it. This can happen when rebooting or going into Linux or at the login prompt or anywhere. Any reason why it could be doing this?

Ok, I promise I'm stopping now

Thanks again,

Last edited by jrdioko; 10-24-2002 at 11:12 PM.
Old 10-24-2002, 11:49 PM   #2
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1. Press the shift key (on the left side of the keyboard) when you see lilo version, this will give you the "graphic" version.

2. It's probably in your BIOS, look for Virus detection, and turn it off.

3. 5MB is not a whole kernel, get the full version which will be more like 30MB or so. And get the latest 2.4.19 kernel. Here is a direct link:

You probably just got a patch...

Ok, hope those help at least

Old 10-24-2002, 11:50 PM   #3
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Oh and one more thing...

We do have a Slackware specific forum here, it's in the distro forum, actually a sub forum of it.

You might be better off posting questions about Slackware there from now on. Just a thought

Old 10-25-2002, 12:07 AM   #4
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I appreciate it. I completely forgot about the Slackware forum. I guess I considered myself far too much of a newbie to even think of posting there . I'll post there in a bit, once I gather my thoughts. For now, I just want to be able to go online from Linux. I'm running XFCE as a desktop environment. How can I configure my modem and ISP and dial up.

Thanks again,
Old 12-26-2002, 10:40 PM   #5
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Some answers

1. Copy the /etc/lilo.conf file to /etc/lilo.conf.bak. Run liloconfig again, choosing simple. Take the top part of the /etc/lilo.conf it generates, which will contain the proper settings for a pretty graphical menu at bootup, and the bottom of /etc/lilo.conf.bak, which will contain the specific information for your system that you set up in advanced and combine them into one /etc/lilo.conf. Then run /sbin/lilo to load lilo with your custom configuration.

3. Don't upgrade the kernel unless you have a specific reason you know you need to upgrade the kernel. Usually the kernel that comes with your distribution will be fine.

4. You can use programs from KDE and Gnome under XFCE. I recommend using kppp. Just be sure to disable any options it has for docking into panels and such because those obviously won't work with XFCE.

Instead of using .bashrc, use .profile.
Old 12-27-2002, 02:38 AM   #6
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5. .bashrc and .profile can be created in your home directory if they don't exist. When you logon, /etc/bashrc will be read first, then the rules/statements in your ~/.bashrc will be added.


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