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Old 10-22-2002, 01:55 PM   #1
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Slackware 8.1 Will Not Boot

I have installed Slackware 8.1 from the bootable ISO. I used the usb.i kernel during the install and selected that as the kernel for the OS.

All disk preperation (boot and swap partitions) and file installations appear to have worked fine. Now when I start up the machine, I get "Error Loading Operating System" and the system is halted.

I am running the following hardware:
- ASUS P4B533-E motherboard (Supposedly Linux compatible)
- 2.4 GHz P4
- 512 MB DDR RAM
- 18 GB WD Hard Drive

I thought about running the bare.i kernel image, but the usb.i image worked just fine for the install.

Any ideas?
Old 10-22-2002, 08:34 PM   #2
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Did you install LILO? And if so, did you set it up, or did you have it automagically set it up. Sounds like LILO isn't there...

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can you boot from a boot disk or does it give you the same type of thing?
Old 10-24-2002, 12:43 PM   #4
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I did not install LILO. I have this installation on a dedicated hard drive in a shuttle on the primary master channel of the IDE controller.

If I boot with the CD, load the usb.i kernel, and mount the boot partition on /dev/hda1, it loads just fine.
Old 10-24-2002, 01:50 PM   #5
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You have to have a boot loader on your system at some point. The best
place to put it is on the MBR of your first hard drive. LILO is a good
boot loader, you should install it.
The reason your CD boots the system is that it essentially has a boot
loader on the first few bytes.
You have two options, I like the first better:
1) I think when you boot with the CD (haven't done this in a while),
you will get a boot prompt. Here you want to say:
mount root=/dev/hda1 (where /dev/hda1 is your root partition)
Once your computer boots up (into your fresh install), log in as root,
and run liloconfig. Follow the steps.
2) You can boot with the CD, mount your root directory, to /mnt, run
liloconfig and follow the steps to install LILO. This isn't necessarily
as easy as it sounds because you might have to trick liloconfig to
install LILO in the right place.


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