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Old 10-09-2003, 10:41 PM   #1
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Red face slackware not booting a gui

Hi, i have a 233 mhz 64 meg frankenstein-beast from a few years back. After countless attempts to get one of the many linuxes working on the dual hard drive system(1.55 and 1.09 gig), i tried Slackware and to my surprise, it almost worked.
What i have is a computer that says it has kde, gnome, and x installed but it ends up with some kind of problem(it wont tell me exactly what) in a big box made of *s at which point it tells me to hit control-d to login as a single user or to enter the root password.
When i hit ctrl-d, it reboots and when i login as root, it tells me that it is read only and i can not change anything. I want to use kde but i want to be able to switch from one to another to learn which is best.
I do not mind reinstalling the os, i have done it four times before, each time trying something different but getting the same result. I have a 64 meg swap on hda and hdb, a 100 meg boot on hda1, and i use the remaining space on hda for root and space on hdb for /usr/local. Any help would be appreciated.
Old 10-09-2003, 11:35 PM   #2
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are you getting disk errors? if you have a bad sector, it could be asking you to boot in single user mode, remount the root partition as read-only, then do fsck and check for disk errors. mine usually says to do e2fsck, i think. not sure about the difference ... but I know the root partition must be mounted readonly or you could screw it up running fsck. maybe try reformatting and reinstalling, checking for bad blocks (if all else fails)?
good luck.
And I don't know about you, but I only have 36 mb of data in /usr/local ... if your setup is anything like mine, you may have a misallocation of space.
try df if you ever get to a command prompt to see how much space is available.

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Old 10-10-2003, 10:50 AM   #3
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did you change runtime to 4 and did you do a wmconfig as well as you have to be logged in and to be sure that you have enough space on hd and also maybe 64 mb swap is a little low
Old 10-11-2003, 12:32 AM   #4
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my slack did that too. i went into the single user mode and ran "fsck" manually. it asked me if i wanted to fix a bunch of blocks and stuff. i said yes to all of them and then i rebooted and got right in.
Old 10-17-2003, 11:53 PM   #5
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how did you get into single user mode? please excuse me, im a newb...Thanks!


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