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Old 04-17-2004, 06:33 PM   #1
looneytunes
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Booting into slackware 9.1


I had a mate install slackware 9.1 on a partition on my disk. I then had to reinstall windows and now i can't boot into slackware.

Do i need to make a boot disk of some description? if so how?

Or

Are there any loaders that i can install from windows or DOS?

Thanks
looneytunes
 
Old 04-17-2004, 06:46 PM   #2
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You need to reinstall LILO (or GRUB, depeding on which one you had). To do this you'll need Linux boot disk or installation cd (as rescue disk).

If you have a boot floppy somehere, just boot from it and you should get your system. Then run 'lilo' and if it installs succcesfully you can reboot and test it (boot menu should be back).

If you have a boot cd press ctrl+alt+f2 to get a console. Then you need to mount your main Linux partition - ask your mate, should know it (it's probably hda5). To mount your main partition run
mmdir /mnt/lnx
mount /dev/hda5 /mnt/lnx
(if your main partition is hda5, if not, change the value). Then
chroot /mnt/lnx
lilo
LILO should install and you caould test it after a reboot.
 
Old 04-18-2004, 04:43 AM   #3
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I don't have a boot floppy, i heard you can make one but i'm unsure of how to do it.

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Old 04-18-2004, 04:44 PM   #4
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Yes, you can. You'd need 2 disks. They can be downloaded from many mirrors of Slack archive, for example from ftp://ftp.slackware.at/slackware-9.1/. Bootdisk from bootsidsks (you probably need bare.i) and rootdisk from rootdisks/ (probably color.gz).

You also need rawrite program (in the directory with images) to write them to floppies from DOS/Windows. You should be able to boot from them.
 
Old 04-18-2004, 05:48 PM   #5
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thanks very much, I will try it out tomorrow night if i have time and let you know of the results.

thanks again
looneytunes
 
  


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