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colombo187 12-31-2005 05:03 PM

Problem installing/booting slackware linux
I've installed slack a few times before without a problem and have just recently attempted to install on a new machine. Slackware seemed to install properly but when I reboot It's starts with lilo boot menu then the usual penquin up there and goes through its usual start up until I'm prompted to insert a floppy...

VFS: Insert root floppy and press enter

I don't have a floppy drive on that machine. I'm not sure if it's a problem with setting up lilo or my partition table

hda1 --> linux partition where I install linux flagged as bootable
hda2 --> linux swap

should I have a different partition scheme?

Finlay 12-31-2005 05:38 PM

what kernel did you pick
what filesystem did you format hda1

also if you know how to boot with the live cd and mount hda1:
then post what your fstab has in it and your /etc/lilo.conf

also try typing this at the lilo prompt:


colombo187 12-31-2005 09:09 PM

what command would I use to mount hda1 from the live cd? The kernel is? 2.4.? whatever is the default with slack 10.0 - The file system is ext3. I've also tried root=/dev/hda1 at the lilo prompt --> 'not in tab'... as well as when I boot from a live cd --> 'could not find kernel image: root=/dev/hda1' Thanks for your help..

Finlay 12-31-2005 09:14 PM

boot disk 1
don't run setup
first try this:
cat /proc/partitions
this will tell you what your drive is and partitions, make sure it is hda1
then type:
mkdir hda1
mount /dev/hda1 hda1/

then you can:
cd hda1
at this point you should be at the root of the installed slack 10.
so then:
cd /etc
cat hosts
cat lilo.conf

double check that lilo.conf has /dev/hda1 (or whatever it should be) is listed.

colombo187 12-31-2005 09:36 PM

cool... I'm assuming you meant cat fstab not hosts

/dev/hda2 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
/devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5 mode 620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0

image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda1
Label = linux

colombo187 01-01-2006 11:27 PM

I give up! I broke down and downloaded the 10.2 iso disks and setup went fine, booted fine... wierd 'cuzz I used the exact same disks to install 10.0 on a different machine and slack installed without a hitch??

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