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Old 01-12-2004, 06:38 PM   #16
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I feel you. I didnt want to try Redhat either. So I tried slackware a while back. I never did get it to work. I gave up on linux for about 2 years, but I just couldnt stand windows any more. So I took a chance on Redhat 9 at the beginning of the year. I love it. Ive been microsoft free for 12 days now. . Also, it shouldnt be a problem to get help around here. Very nice people with a caring attitude towards people new to linux.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 06:50 PM   #17
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another one of these threads, and here i am posting on it, which can be counted as an advocation of it, but i digress....

it is great that you tried linux, you tried mandrake and slack, both were failures, but perhaps like already stated, a hardware issue?

specifically slackware, it is probably not so much hardware as it is where you installed things on your hardware, such as the **Bootloader In The MBR** or that is where you ought to have put it anyway....

if slack installs, then you've got yourself a linux distro pretty much ready to be used (granted Xfree feels like it is in a good mood) but you may need to use a bootdisk or use the slackware cd to boot your distro on the commandline with bare.i root=/dev/hdx# noinitrd

other than this, i can tell you that you ought to do some reading on linux before jumping in...
 
Old 01-12-2004, 06:59 PM   #18
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I have been using Slack for about 4 months now. i can get around alot better in it. but i rember the first time i installed it. it was a pain but i took my time. i spent many a night trying to figure out why i could not do stuff. And the install went great untill i rebooted. and i hit startx. noting happened. so i went on the hunt. figured out how to use xf86config and set it up. and i was off. so that i would not have to relay on microsoft no more.

Now if i could get my piece of crap printer working on linux. i would be happy. But lexmar X75 what a piece of crap.

But dont give up man. keep trying after you get Linux running you will we the happiest person on the earth. It was a great feeling to see Gnome start up.

Lotec25
 
Old 01-12-2004, 07:45 PM   #19
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That error really does look like a bad burn. When I was installing Mandrake 9.2 about two or three nights ago, I got an error when i inserted the 3rd CD to finish off the install...that upset me greatly...

I figured the cd probably got messed up during burning...although I burned the 3 CDs at the same time...so the same background programs etc..etc..were running...so it was odd it messed up...

Anyways...
I then redownloaded the mandrake CD 3 ISO (from a different source)...and burned it at a lower speed (4x)...and low and behold it worked...

I know how you feel though...I've been using Windows for years...and I can do what I want in it...and...I can fix any problems I have with it...so Linux can be frustrating...hard to learn...and I'm not fond of asking others to help me...but...when you manage to figure something out...it's a good feeling...
 
Old 01-12-2004, 07:46 PM   #20
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O.k. I know your probably sick of the encouraging thoughts on the issue of linux, but I'm going to add one more. I'm an old school user back from the DOS era and have had every windows version out there as of today. I am right at the moment having issues with an ethernet card and this is just the present problem. My last bought with linux was a couple of years ago I tried Mandrake and had monitor issues and cable modem issues, but once it is running it is as stable as nothing else. It actually becomes kinda fun trying to translate those greek messages and turn them into something that you can work with. You error message is to linux as to the blue screen is to windows. How long did it take for you to decipher that screen? I'll bet it was more than 5 days. And just an opinion coming from one that has tried both mandrake and RedHat,,, Mandrake is good for learning it, but I would personally suggest the RedHat for use. Like I said personal opinion. Take it with a grain of salt and post the errors here and I'm sure you'll do fine with your new project. BTW. I agree with a couple of the previous posts. Sounds to me like a bad burn of Download of your linux.

Silver Bear
 
Old 01-12-2004, 07:57 PM   #21
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rogan, if u can, go take a break from all this, i know how frustrated it is. I have been through your kind of situation before. During your break, keep reading posts and searching the net, the answer of your problem is out there. Looks like your Slack installation is already there, it's the bootloader that stops you from starting it. You are just miniutes(or days ) away from success. Kind of pity if you quit now, but if u need to rest, pls go ahead. Keep Slack there, once u figure out how the lilo thingy works, u can start slack straight away.

I have 1st started dabble with linux about 6 months ago. Started off with MDK9.1 stuck at the winmodem issue and sound was not work, tried Lycoris, installed and ran fine, Tried RH9, it couldn't install, then tried MDK9.2 , it worked, my winmodem worked too. By that time i was more confident of myself, i tried Debian, got it installed, but i was on a narrow band and only have it's cd1, so i gave up on it. then i came across Slack and Knoppix. I compiled my winmodem driver 1st time successfully in Slack. I was overjoyed with that. Did a hd instal for Knoppix, so i have debian installed in an indirect way. Trying both now, like both of them alot, now have a hard time deciding which one to keep.

So don't give up now, what u need is just a short break. Remember success is sweet, but it takes time and effort to reach there.

cheers
 
Old 01-13-2004, 12:41 AM   #22
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I tried sticking LiLo everwhere but my arse and it wouldn't load. Was fine on my laptop though.
 
Old 01-13-2004, 12:56 AM   #23
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Nice informative post ShaneB. Now I know that our future is in good hands. I feel so releaved that someone of your deep knowledge is out there. The help you've given is more than appreciated, its looked for. Sought out. Kind of like a cow pie in the field of my mind.

Thanks again for all the help.

Last edited by pzatch; 01-13-2004 at 12:58 AM.
 
Old 01-13-2004, 06:25 PM   #24
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I aplogise if I offended you.
 
Old 01-13-2004, 06:28 PM   #25
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lol......I declare this thread official hijacked .
 
  


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