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Old 08-14-2003, 05:58 AM   #1
The SIN Raven
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Unhappy Real major problem in Slack 9.0, please help...

Hi there guys.
First of all here is mi righ specs

Aopen HX08
Aopen 300W
Asus A7V333 (BIOS 1016)
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Thermalright SLK800
2 X 256 DDR PC2700 OCZ Performance Series - CASL 2
Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra750 XP 128MB Golden Sample
Realtek RTL8139 + Realtek RTL8139 ---2 network cards
Maxtor 80GB + 40GB - 7200 RPM - UDMA 133
Plextor 24x10x10A
Pinnacle PCTV Pro
CH Products USB 586 Joystick
LG DVD 48X16

O.K. the thing is i]m getting a real hard time with mi configuration.
I cant detect PCTV Pro, any cdrom, i manage with help, to solve the network problem, but i cant heven install the latest nvidia drivers, and mi system dosent halt...
What kernel should i install from the cd, what is the best one???
I tried to follow this instruction for compiling mi how kernel
I know how frustrating it can be for slack noobs...everyone tells you that slack is too hard for a newbie and then when you're faced with your first kernel compile...fear rolls in. Relax...slack isn't just makes you learn quicker. Compiling a custom kernel isn't just requires that you pay attention and follow the proper procedures. Once you've successfully installed slackware, then customized your kernel, you are well on your way to unleashing the raw power of linux...under the best (IMO) distro ever made.

Now to the compiling part...

First, we need to edit lilo.conf. Pick your favorite that is easy for newbies (and I still use this from time to time) is pico.

pico /etc/lilo.conf

Add this to your can just copy what is there and add the .old stuff.

image = /boot/vmlinuz.old

root = /dev/hda1

label = slack.old


Note: Replace /dev/hda1 with the correct location of your root partition.

Now we need to edit the Makefile to make sure your new kernel is copied to the appropriate directory.

If you are using 8.1 or later, open /usr/src/linux/Makefile in a text editor, scroll to line 74 and
uncomment the the line #export INSTALL_PATH=/boot.
For 8.0 you must leave this line commented. /usr/src/linux

pico Makefile

scroll to line 74 and
uncomment the the line #export INSTALL_PATH=/boot.
For 8.0 you must leave this line commented.

Now for the fun

make menuconfig (make your changes here...when done, save your new configuration)
make dep (sets all the kernel dependencies)
make clean (removes un-needed files)
make bzImage (builds the kernel)
make install (installs, moves and renames all the needed files and updates lilo)
make modules (builds all the kernel modules)
make modules_install (installs the modules)

Note: The 'make install' command is the one that most don't use but it works fine in slackware as long as you have prepared lilo.conf and edited Makefile according to the instructions above.

Now you can reboot using your new kernel!!!

If things did not go completely according to plan you can boot your old (working)
kernel by selecting slack.old at the lilo screen.

This is my bible when it comes to recompiling my kernel, and it has never, ever failed.
Enjoy your new kernel!

Note: All references from
written by one of our own Moderators!


but i dont have none /usr/src/linux folder...
Can anyone hel me, please...
With sOOOOOOOOOOOOOO mutch will to use slack, but
I gess Micro bulls*it really turn me into a zombie...

Best The SIN Raven
Old 08-14-2003, 07:56 AM   #2
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you'll have to be root to halt i think.
i just used the bare kernel and all seemed to go sweet.
your cdrom is probably /dev/sr0 (i think, can't remember offhand -- oh no wait that will only be if you use hdc=ide-scsi in your boot).
have you tried mount /dev/hdc mnt/cdrom or similar to mount your cdrom?
sorry i'm a bit vague coz i'm in winblows so can't check for you...
Old 08-14-2003, 08:39 AM   #3
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A kernel compile guide:-

To get your nVidia card working, download the drivers from

and choose the Linux IA32 version.

Run the nvidia file to make your driver (not with X running!), and change your reference to the driver in your /etc/X11/XF86Config:-

Driver "nvidia" and make sure the GLX module is loaded, but not the GLcore one at the begining of XF86Config. Sorry I can't be more precise about this but I am at work. I think thats pretty much it though.

When you startx, you should have an nvidia splash screen if everything went ok. Good luck,

Old 08-14-2003, 04:48 PM   #4
Registered: Jun 2003
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Distribution: Arch, Slackware 9.0, (knoppix standing by)
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If you don't have a usr/src/linux, don't panic, the kernel sources aren't included in the slack 9 iso, you have to download the package from, if my memory serves, its in the k package.
NVidia drivers you can get without recompiling the kernel, so that's a good project to target first.
halting, you should do a search, cos the question is asked a lot. Basically though, you need to use either apm or acpi. I think apm is already available, so tackle that first. Rather than explaining how, i suggest you search the forum for apm, you'll get lots of info.
Welcome to slack! It's a beautiful place, just go slow, with one problem at a time and you'll be fine.
Old 08-17-2003, 12:49 PM   #5
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Thanks again for get me going guys...
Again THANKS...
Best: The SIN Raven


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