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Old 02-06-2004, 11:45 PM   #1
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Hard drive problems or is it just software?

Hello. Please note im new to linux before u hang me.
Ok, so... when i install slackware, it installs, i have everything configured correctly, however it doesnt boot after restart, tried booting the partition from floppy, still nothing. Similar thing happens with Debian. When i try to install PLD, bootloader gives me an error during installation and quits after all packages are done installing. Funny thing is, mandrake installs without a problem, yet windows xp/2000/2k3 setups freeze in the very beggining. ALso it is not the cdrom drive, nor the cds. The comp's 2.4 amd with 512 ram. It is very unlikely that i configured anything wrong during installations, anyone has a clue what my problem is? (i checked everything inside is plugged in correctly, bios boot settings are allright also).
Old 02-07-2004, 02:10 AM   #2
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Wild guess here. I believe that you are trying to install lilo at the first partition, which is of NTFS right? It will fail. Linux cannot write into NTFS. You can alternatively install lilo at the master boot record (MBR). Another good thing to do, if you don't want to install lilo at the MBR, is to create a small partition (30-50megas) and name it /boot and install lilo there.

I had to do that with both Debian and Slackware in my really old box, since the installation of the boot loader at MBR was failing .

Good luck!
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My first drive is NTFS & grub is on the MBR. I didn't have to do anything special.
Old 02-07-2004, 12:37 PM   #4
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no, none of the partitions are ntfs
where can i find a mbr installator? the slackware fdisk or cfdisk dont have it
Old 02-07-2004, 09:43 PM   #5
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Well, i know now that there is nothing wrong with the software, its either that something on the hard drive is malfunctioning (but then why would windows 98 and mandrake work just fine?) or something with the motherboard setup (since it started after i replaced the motherboard, maybe some some switch, or something?) any one got any clues where should i look for an error?
BIOS settings are all perfect...


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