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Old 03-31-2004, 08:28 PM   #1
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Angry Can't boot ! No LILO SOLVED!


i had slack 9.1 working and everything was fine. I set up VNC and SSH and was playing around with the stuff VNCing and SSHing from windows laptop. Then I went to the linux box and tried to start some apps. I wasn't able to run anything and it looked like it froze. So I tought a reboot would help. I went into root and did reboot command, but I didn't reboot but stopped at full screen of command prompts. Then I restarted manually and now when the pc boots up it doesn't go to LILO but displays half page of 99999. any ideas? what should I do? i don't have floppy drive in that box. thanks in advance

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Old 03-31-2004, 08:34 PM   #2
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Yokosuka Japan
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use slackware disk number 2 and bootup your root installation and look at your /etc/lilo.conf file, if all is well then run /sbin/lilo then reboot
Old 03-31-2004, 08:43 PM   #3
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Location: London, Ontario
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I've had this happen to me. As far as I can tell it means that your bios cannot find anything it can boot so it just spits out nines. As well as booting off cd2 you can boot cd1 and use it as a boot loader to boot the slack on your hard drive. Unfortunately I usually endup reformatting in this situation.

Old 03-31-2004, 08:47 PM   #4
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This has happened to me as well. I think it is a result with the partitions being formatted incorrectly, or the partition table not matching the partition format. I discovered that installing lilo to the MBR fixes the problem. You might also check your fstab.
Old 03-31-2004, 11:54 PM   #5
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thanks for input guys. CASE is solved.

i didn't have CD2, so I used install and send root=/dev/hda6 ro as a parameter to the kernel and from there I was able to rerun /sbin/lilo and write it to the MBR again. now everything works fine.

Old 04-02-2004, 09:04 AM   #6
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Originally posted by spec6635
use slackware disk number 2 and bootup your root installation and look at your /etc/lilo.conf file, if all is well then run /sbin/lilo then reboot

I had to use this fix this morning and it worked! I downloaded the most recent release of the SLAX live cd and ran it on my Slack box and afterwards when I tried to boot from the hard drive, it just froze. I don't know if SLAX did something to cause this but it's good to know there is such a wealth of knowledge to consult to solve such problems.



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