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Old 12-22-2005, 03:36 AM   #1
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Boot failure after installing Slackware

I have a 40GB HDD Seagate, I was not able to partition it using Win98 because I went directly in installing a WinXP. When the installing is finished and reboot, an error occured. There is no bootable disk, even my harddisk was not able to boot. I partition my harddisk using the WinXP, after the error I decide to try installing the Slackware 10.1 but still it was not able to boot. As I read on my book "Linux Undercover" it suggest to use "fdisk /mbr" but still it does not boot.

What are the right partitioning if I have a 40GB harddisk, and how can I attain the "1024 cylinders" like what the book says. I want to run a dual boot using WinXp and Slackware.

Please help because I really want to learn Linux. Thanks.
Old 12-22-2005, 04:20 AM   #2
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Need more information. Is this a new disk that you've just installed? If it's not new, was there a working filesystem (fat32, ntfs, ext3)? Is the disk recognized in the bios?
Old 12-22-2005, 05:38 PM   #3
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Rule no.1 : check your BIOS settings.
Rule no.2 : First of all get grub or lilo running (insert slackware installcd, go to configure and get to configuring!)
Old 12-23-2005, 11:33 PM   #4
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My friend borrowed my hard disk and told me that there is WinXP already installed. When I was about to intstall the linux, I boot from the CD Rom using the WinXP and partition my hard disk using it (using WinXP). When the installation is finish, then problem occured " Boot Failure". What should be the proper partition if I have a 40GB Harddisk.

Thanks a lot guys, you're such a big help.

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