Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 02-05-2004, 03:00 PM   #1
Registered: Nov 2003
Posts: 74

Rep: Reputation: 15
I installed Slack... now i have massive questions.

Ok guys. I installed the first cd of slackware. But now i cant boot to my xp drive. How do i get it back? Do i just have to reboot off the xp cd or can i do something more simple?

I am running fluxbox. How do i change it to the normal gnome desktop? Dont know crap about flux.

Help!!! I did my taxes on xp and i gotta get it back on... Thanks
Old 02-05-2004, 03:06 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Ubuntu 4.10
Posts: 311

Rep: Reputation: 30
"But now i cant boot to my xp drive. How do i get it back? Do i just have to reboot off the xp cd or can i do something more simple?"

You just need to edit lilo to include the option to boot Windows. You need to know two things. 1. Which drive has XP on it (hda, hdb, and so on), 2. What partition on said drive is XP (should be the name of the drive with a 1 after it in the case of Windows, i.e. hda1, hdb1).

So assuming XP is on your first hard drive, you'd want to add these lines to the end of /etc/lilo.conf (you'll need to be root) with the text editor of your choice:


Save it. Then (also as root) do a


Then, when you reboot, LILO should give you the option to select winXP.

"I am running fluxbox. How do i change it to the normal gnome desktop?"

First you need to install it. Gnome is on the second Slack CD, so if you only installed the first CD you don't have Gnome on your drive to run.

You can either install it by hand by using installpkg on the .tgz files for Gnome, use Swaret to download and install them for you, or use the Dropline Gnome installer.

The Dropline installer has the advantages of giving you a completely updated version of Gnome, and of setting it up so Gnome will be run with 'startx' for you. Using Swaret to install Gnome is just as easy, but I'm guessing you'll have to have to run 'xwmconfig' to select Gnome yourself. I'm not sure if you need to be root for that or not.

Last edited by Greyweather; 02-05-2004 at 03:49 PM.
Old 02-05-2004, 03:08 PM   #3
Registered: Nov 2003
Posts: 74

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Ok i dont have the second cd. Is there an update I can do that does it automatically? How do i get out of flux? I need to get to something easier!!!
Old 02-05-2004, 03:15 PM   #4
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: in a fallen world
Distribution: slackware by choice, others too :} ... android.
Posts: 23,067
Blog Entries: 11

Rep: Reputation: 911Reputation: 911Reputation: 911Reputation: 911Reputation: 911Reputation: 911Reputation: 911Reputation: 911
Right-click empty desktop, select exit from the
pop-up menu? :)

To get gnome without the second CD you'll
need to grab the dropline installer from a slack-
mirror. It will then fetch all you need.


P.S.: Gnome sucks ... stick with Flux ;)


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie just installed slack - quick questions ksl Slackware - Installation 3 07-04-2005 09:01 AM
Just installed slack 10.1 and cant see anything??? caleb star Slackware 3 06-04-2005 10:04 AM
Just Installed Slack masonm Slackware 18 03-25-2005 04:14 PM
Has anyone installed Opera in Slack? Wonderer Slackware 8 11-11-2003 05:41 AM
A Whole Long List of Questions! (Just installed Slack 8.1) jrdioko Linux - Newbie 5 12-27-2002 01:38 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:04 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration