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Old 05-17-2004, 09:34 AM   #1
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Question Slackware 8.1 Not Booting


I have installed Slackware 8.1, everything was fine. At the end of the setup told me that everything is ok and its time to restart system by ctrl+alt+del as I exit to console. I exit to console and did what it said, I restarted the system. Computer started but then only thing I saw was a black screen with a cursor blinking on the upper left. Waited, waited, waited...

At the end of the setup it asked me to make a boot disk I said no, and asked me about lilo, and I said configure lilo automatically to run linux option. I don't know what I did wrong and still looking for a solution on the web but I guessed its a LILO sitiuation or somebody can tell me what it is?

Is there any route that anyone can tell me that I can follow by booting up from slackware cd and using the console to configure LILO or which way I should follow what the problems might be?

Thanx to anyone paying attention.

Love & Regards
Old 05-17-2004, 09:50 AM   #2
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Hey x-1, Slackware is a fine distro, but not for beginners. If you have only just started exploring Linux I suggest you could try something more easy like Mandrake or Red Hat (Which is Fedora Core now I believe) Those ISO's can be gotten for free from the internet. (Slackware 8.1 is pretty old annyway, so upgrading is a good thing to do)

Talking about your LILO problem: What is the system like ? Is it a DUALboot system or do you want it to run just Linux ? You can start your stystem from the Slackware CD (In case you don't want to folow my advise by downloading Fedora Core or Mandrake) by starting the CD, then it comes to a prompt and you should read the stuff they say there, I think its something in the form of:

Linux root=/dev/hdxy
Where X is a letter and Y is the partition. The first partition on the first drive is /dev/hda1.
After you've entered that, press [ENTER], and see the system boot. It uses the kernel and bootloader from the CD, but it uses the hard disk you entered as "root=" as root. Now login to linux with the username and password you created during setup (if you made 2, log in as root)

One you've booted your system try running "lilo -v", and if that doesn't work, then the easiest thing to do is reinstalling Slackware, and chosing a manual install this time, and install Lilo into the MBR of your first hard disk. That way it _SHOULD_ work (it allways has for me)

Good luck,

-- Marno

Last edited by [NL]_Target; 05-17-2004 at 09:52 AM.
Old 05-17-2004, 09:52 AM   #3
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boot up using your installation CD and pass this on to the boot prompt:

bare.i root=/dev/<your root> noinitrd ro

where <your root> should be your root partition (/) that you made during installation.
this should boot up your system. and when it does, log in as root and rerun liloconfig.
Old 05-17-2004, 10:21 AM   #4
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Thank you people, I was always passing "boot:" part by pressing enter key and you teached me to be more carefull about the screens passing by and showed me that answer were on the screen. Thanx.

BTW, I am not dual booting, only linux installed. At first I wanted to install RH8 (cause I have RH8 CDs already, but first CD were not reading )

I will try RHs new edition and true that will be easier to get experienced with its optional newbie oriented UI

Thanx and Thanx A Lot !
Old 05-17-2004, 10:21 AM   #5
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At the end of the setup it asked me to make a boot disk I said no
you should have said YES, that way if "lilo" does not work properly,
you can at least boot up your box and fix the problem easily..........
you can still make one to "save" just in case............
from a term window OR command line type...........
makebootdisk /boot/vmlinuz
type it just like you see it, and insert a floppy............
Old 05-17-2004, 11:05 AM   #6
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<thanx> 320mb, now I have a bootdisk and worked fine. I understand that I should take a research about boot works on linux to understand what is why and how. Also I wonder GRUB or LILO is better but as I said I should gain information about them to understand. </thanx>


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