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Old 05-14-2021, 06:36 PM   #1
Seji Towa
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A boot Problem. Set up the Absolute Linux.


I am not one who does speak English as the primary language, so there might be unclear explanations.however, I will try as best as I can.

Let me give you the whole view that I have experience in installing of the Absolute Linux.

1.Download the ISO file in the website, and execute it to write the files on a DVD.

2.Boot my computer from the DVD to start set-up. I go on the automatic-set-up.After a while, I come to some screens that gets me configure, such as

●make usb flush boot, I make

●gpm configuration, yes and ok without any change

●keyboard mapping,I select "no"

●hardware clock time,choosing "Tokyo"

●password for boot, I try to set my password ,but fail, the screen shows "passwd: Authentication token manipulation error",so give up and not set to go to the next.

●font,selecting "no"

Eventually, I receive a complete message, and exit the set-up,and reboot.

The screen shows
"Welcome to the Slack Linux custom USB boot stick!"

I push the enter key as default that it tells.

It seems that my computer is working, like
Loading vmlinuw........

I see lots of messages on the screen.
But I end out to the message.
-------------------------------------------------------
The superblock could not be read or does not describe a valid ext2/ext3/ext4 filesystem.
If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2/ext3/ext4 filesystem(and not swap or ufs or something else), then the surperblockis corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate super block:
e2fsck -b 8193<device>
or
e2fsck -b 32768<device>

******************************************************************
An error occurred during the root filesystem check.
You will now be given a chance to log into the system in single-user mode to fix the problem.

If you are using the ext2 filesystem, running'e2fsck -v -y <partion>'might help.
*******************************************************************
Once you exit the single-user shell, the system will reboot.
Type control-d to proceed with normal startup,
(or give root password for system maintenance):

----------------------------------------------

I have no idea what to to next, but doing nothing for a while or push the enter key.
Some message shows up very quickly, and I come back to the screen that says "Whelcom to the Slackware Linux custom USB boot stick!"

Now I am to the dead end.
Please help me if you have any advice.
Thank you.
 
Old 05-14-2021, 09:55 PM   #2
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Did you get any errors while installing? Post the output of parted -l
I did a test of an absolute iso in a vm and the autosetup failed to created partitions correctly. manually create partitions with cfdisk and then run setup and skip the autosetup mode.
 
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Old 05-15-2021, 01:09 AM   #3
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I found the screen toasted many of error messages right before the session of the make USB flash boot.

There it is,

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Installpkg error #1
There was a fatal error attempting to install
/var/log/mount/slackware64/vo-aacenc-0.1.3-x86_64-3AL.txz
The package may be corrupt,the installation media may be bad, one of the target drives may be full, or something else has caused the package to be unable to be read without error.
you may hit enter to continue if you wish, but if this an important required package then installation may not work as-ia.
_-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Like the above message with a small change after "/var/log/mount/slackware64/" came up.

The changed part is
/unittest-cpp-2.0.0-x86_64-1AL.txz

or

/tango_gray_theme-1.0-noarch-2AL.txz

or

some more.

I hope this will help.
Thanks.
 
Old 05-15-2021, 03:06 AM   #4
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Hi Seji and welcome to this forum.

these kinds of messages often are due to an issue with the target partition, maybe corrupted or just not big enough, or not formatted (no file system has been created in it)

Please check it, all usual utilities to do that are available in the installer. If you need help to know which utilities to use, just ask.

Translation into Japanese by deepl.com below.

こんにちは、征爾さん、このフォーラムへようこそ。

この種のメッセージは、多くの場合、対象となるパーティションに問題があるためです。

確認してみてください。そのためのユーティリティーはすべてインストーラーに用意されています。どのユーティリティーを使えばいいのか、ヘルプが必要な場合はお尋ねください。

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Old 05-15-2021, 04:25 AM   #5
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Note that Absolute Linux is not Slackware - it is based on Slackware. This LinuxQuestions.org user forum is meant for Slackware Linux installation issues. Absolute Linux has its own forum at https://www.absolutelinux.org/phpBB/index.php

The errors you are getting may be specific to Absolute Linux. for instance, the 'vo-aacenc' package is not even part of Slackware.
Have you tried installing the real Slackware? Did these errors occur in real Slackware's installation?
 
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Old 05-15-2021, 07:57 AM   #6
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Manually create the partitions and then run setup.
 
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Old 05-16-2021, 02:09 AM   #7
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It seems that I need to create the partitions.
I found that cfdisk, fdisk or some-disk help to create.

But my computer now has no OS that works property, since I see the message "no operating system" on the screen when I turn on my computer without my Linux bootable flush USB.

I appreciate if you help me.
Thanks a lot.
 
Old 05-16-2021, 07:23 AM   #8
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some specs on the computer: make and model, how old, amount of ram, size of hard drive and type?
when you boot the installer does a /sys/firmware/efi directory exists?

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Old 05-17-2021, 07:15 PM   #9
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I'm not sure of the specs of my computer.
But I guess here is what you ask me for helping me.I found this on the screen.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hardware nam:Sony corporation VPCJ127FJ/VAIO, BIOS R1170W8 08/25/2010
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


And from the Sony website-----------------------------

Model: VPCJ127FJ
Releaseed in: October 2010
CUP: Intel Pentium P6100 Processor (2GHz)
Memory: 4GB (2GB x 2) / maximum 8GB
Hardware:About 500GB
--------------------------------------------------------------------------


I don't know how to find /sys/firmware/efi directory.
But I think my computer has BIOS booting process.

You're so kind. Thanks.

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Old 05-17-2021, 08:09 PM   #10
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assuming your system is legacy and not uefi, create two partitions with cfdisk
The first partition make 2Gb, type swap. the second one the rest of the drive type linux.
start setup skip the autosetup and start with the keymap if needed and/or addswap.
 
Old 05-18-2021, 01:12 AM   #11
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I'm a bit lost.
So for creating two partitions with cfdisk, the first thing that I need to do is to re-install a windows OS? And then download cfdisk for Windows in the Internet. And run it on Windows to create two partitions.
Once I create them, I begin to set up Absolute Linux manually.
Is this right?

Keeping giving me advice, which is thankfulness.
 
Old 05-18-2021, 02:57 AM   #12
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Hi,

to check I downloaded this ISO: http://slackware.uk/absolute/absolute64-20210411.iso, and ran the installer in a Qemu virtual machine choosing the AUTOSETUP menu entry labeled "Autopartition and install with few options". I got the same errors as you did. It appears that the installer failed to partition the drive, so the issue is with this Absolute installer, not on your side.

If you chose this installation mode because you are not yet acquainted with the partition and formatting utilities, I suggest that you use another distribution based on Slackware, which could be:
There is also slaklive: https://download.liveslak.org/, which provides a genuine Slackware-current as well as several editions based on it. Just be aware that maintaining a Slackware-current system is more demanding than a stable one.

With the same reservation you could also try slackel: http://www.slackel.gr/forum/about.htm, similar to Salix but based on Slackware-current.

Hope this helps,

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Old 05-18-2021, 05:03 AM   #13
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Cfdisk is on the installer. Exit out of setup and run
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