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Old 05-15-2006, 11:42 PM   #1
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Hide and Go Slack ?

Most of the partition formatting and most of the 10.2 install went pretty silky-smooth. It was only a few little parts that didn't, which have put the kibosh on things. Temporarily.

Way late into the install, during which Slackware had recognized my hardware beautifully, it asked me about making the floppy. I knew I'd need it, so I said Yup, but then (after a few suggestions that my floppy drive was the culprit, which was blatantly unfair) I realized Linux never had found my floppy. There seemed to be no choice but to skip it.

A few minutes later, I was told LILO wasn't looking so hot. But don't despair. Just use your boot floppy and go to /etc/lilo.conf. Yeah, right.

So, do I use my CD install and gain access that way? I haven't tried yet, because if I CAN do that, I'm wondering why the importance of the floppy was stressed. So I am sort of prepared to hear that I have to start all over. Well, I can do that. I wonder what Linux doesn't like about my floppy. The floppy works fine and is in the usual place. Nothing unusual about it at all.

Old 05-15-2006, 11:54 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Grongle
So, do I use my CD install and gain access that way?
Yep. That's what I do. There's a screen where it says something like "in a pinch you can use this command to boot your system..." Well it works for me!!
Old 05-16-2006, 03:43 AM   #3
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Thanks, rkelsen. I'll look for that. Then I can fix up LILO; shouldn't be too hard once I have access. And then the floppy. :-)
Old 05-18-2006, 04:52 PM   #4
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Assuming you're got it running by now, but if not...

Boot with the Slackware CD1 and at the boot: prompt enter "bare.i root=/dev/hdax noinitrd ro" where hdax is your root partition. Then you will boot your system into your installed Slackware distribution, at which point you can edit "/etc/lilo.conf" and then run "lilo" as root to reinstall LiLO.

Why would you want a floppy disk to boot? If you fix LiLO to properly boot, and your computer can boot from a CD, there's no need for a floppy. And the CD-ROM reads much faster than the floppy.
Old 05-18-2006, 07:46 PM   #5
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and some systems dont even come with floppies these days... and mine floppy was replaced with the CPU fan controller yonks ago!



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