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Old 06-28-2004, 07:10 PM   #1
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Well, I just finished installing Slackware 10.0 on a partition of my hard drive. On another partition on the same drive is Windows XP. Whenever I turn on my computer, all I see is a screen full of "99"s. I cant boot into anything at all from that screen. In order to bypass that, I used my slackware bootdisk that I luckily made, even though I figured I wouldnt need it.

However, once I enter slackware, I run into another problem. My internet does not work. In 9.1 when I configured my internet at installation, it worked flawlessly. Now I cannot connect at all. Being new to linux, I have no idea what to do. Normally when I have a problem, I come online to try to find information to solve it. But from within slackware, I cant even do that. Nor can I boot into my windows partition to use that. So here I am using my old knoppix live CD to get on the net.

My setup for my machine is rather simple. Ive got a Toshiba PCX1100 cable modem that is connected directly to my machine. If need be, I can get more information, but someone is going to have to tell me what info I need to get. Im going to have to boot into slackware, put it on a floppy, then come back onto knoppix.

Really, all I want to do is know how to configure my connection, and perhaps solve the "99" problem. However, if I can solve the internet connection problem, I think I may just scrap windows all together so that will no longer be a problem.

Well, thanks in advance for any help.

Corallis
 
Old 06-28-2004, 07:24 PM   #2
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The 999999999999999999999999999999999999sss are from lilo not being cofigured correctly.

Lets get you through that first...

Boot up slack with your boot disk or cdrom if you have that option, and mount your hard drive

cd into /etc and vi you lilo.conf file if it is not there you will need to run pkgtool
and choose setup and re setup lilo.

I have never booted from a boot disk , I am gonna assume it is the same as using the cdrom.

anyways edit you lilo.conf file and make sure it is pointing to the right areas and /dev/hdX (the X would be you drive num the root is on. ) ...

than run "lilo" at the command prompt. It shuld say added linux add windows or what not... Try that out for know.
 
Old 06-28-2004, 08:25 PM   #3
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On another note, please use more descriptive titles for your posts. "Urgent Question" does not give anyone any clue as to what your post is about, and you will maximize your chances of getting responses by clearly defining the subject of your post. (Many LQ'ers just ignore vague, "urgent" posts because they likely will turn out to be waste of time.) A better title for your post might have been something like "Slackware / boot-up / repeating string of 999's is displayed" or something to that effect.

As for your problem, as init indicated, the "99" problem needs to be dealt with first, and is caused by a faulty /etc/lilo.conf file. -- J.W.
 
Old 06-28-2004, 08:26 PM   #4
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I did what you said.. I loaded from the bootdisk, went to /etc and vi'd lilo.conf. I checked to make sure everything was pointing to the correct hd, and they all were. Then I ran lilo at the command prompt, and it said it added the linux partition and windows partition. Still, I get all the "99"s when I boot.

Right now Im more interested in getting my internet configured on linux so I can just get rid of windows and avoid this whole problem.
 
Old 06-28-2004, 08:38 PM   #5
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Getting rid of windows will not solve this problem because you still need to use lilo or another boot loader to load linux.

I would try to reinstall lilo with the pkgtool command;
then go to setup and set it up again.

If this does not work for ya Im not sure what to tell ya.


*edit* I could be wrong but I would think booting from cdrom or boot disk would only load a minimal set of drivers thus giving you network trouble.

Last edited by init; 06-28-2004 at 08:40 PM.
 
Old 06-28-2004, 10:40 PM   #6
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I would try to reinstall lilo with the pkgtool command;
then go to setup and set it up again.

*edit* I could be wrong but I would think booting from cdrom or boot disk would only load a minimal set of drivers thus giving you network trouble.
This fixed both problems. Thanks.
 
  


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