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Old 07-11-2011, 02:46 AM   #31
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How do I clear out the MBR if I need to? I'm assuming that Boot and Nuke will wipe it out?
Just rerun lilo to update the MBR.
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My primary interest is the command line but I would like to have X Windows working on Slackware as well, assuming it's practical.
You can not include the KDE packages and still have a working X windows system. Run 'xwmconfig' as a user to choose a default desktop environment/window manager. I suggest you try xfce first. The others take some tweaking to get a useful environment.
 
Old 08-05-2011, 06:50 AM   #32
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I have a pretty same problem as Spook reported.

I have the following hard disk tree in my PC:
- /dev/sda --> WD 2TB for data (SATA)
- /dev/sdb --> WD 160GB (ATAPI Slave)
- /dev/sdc --> WD 80GB (ATAPI Master)

I set up to /dev/sdc a windows 7 64bit without partitiong.
Then, i install in /dev/sdb Slackware 13.37 with the following partition table:
- /dev/sdb1 --> {Primary, mount point : /}
- /dev/sdb2 --> {Primary, mount point : /home}
- /dev/sdb3 --> {Primary, mount point : swap}

No boot loader install ....yet.

During booting, bios prompt with a preferred booting device .
In case that i choose /dev/sdc , windows system booting ....so far so good
When i choose /dev/sdb as 1st booting device , then the system does not boot in Slackware, instead a blinking "_" showed.
Why is that???? Should i install boot loader????
And if i do that should i install it in MBR of configured boot hard disk????
E.g if i set up in bios as 1st boot device the /dev/sda , lilo should have the following line "boot = /dev/sda"????
 
Old 08-06-2011, 08:39 AM   #33
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When i choose /dev/sdb as 1st booting device , then the system does not boot in Slackware, instead a blinking "_" showed.
Why is that???? Should i install boot loader????
Yes, you need to install or configure a bootloader.

There are a number of possibilities for you to consider.

As your BIOS supports choosing the boot device, then you can install the LILO bootloader to the MBR of /dev/sdb and use the BIOS switching capability to choose which operating system to boot. This will keep the Windows bootloader untouched and add the LILO bootloader so that Slackware can boot.

If you want to use the capability of the bootloader to choose which operating system to boot (to avoid having to use the BIOS switching), then you need to choose which bootloader to use.
1) You can retain the Windows bootloader and add the capability to boot Slackware to that. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...3/#post4164931 Note: You may need to use a Windows tool e.g. EasyBCD http://neosmart.net/ to handle Linux on a separate disk, as the native Windows 7 tool 'bcdedit' appears to struggle with this. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...b581c56?page=1
2) You can install LILO to the MBR of /dev/sdc (make this the boot device in the BIOS) and configure LILO to boot either Windows 7 or Slackware. If you do this then /etc/lilo.conf will need to to have 'boot = /dev/sdc' in the global section and 'root = /dev/sdb1' in the Slackware operating system section. You can boot from the Slackware install disk and run 'liloconfig' to do this.
3) You also have the choice of installing and configuring the GRUB bootloader. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...4/#post4367071
 
Old 08-10-2011, 12:53 PM   #34
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Thanks ALlend,

That mechanism i had, for lilo, in my mind, and you verified.
Thanks also and for additional info.

I faced a problem with the Win7 partition but i found the problem and here it is , for future users that will face similar problems:
Windows 7 create a small partition, which label as System Reserved and there writes the required boot information . So, if you faced problem with boot manager while choosing Win7 OS and error is --> BOOTMGR is missing, try to change in boot loader info file, e.g lilo.conf or menu.lst the windows partition to the one that is created for System reserved and not the one that you had the windows files.

I hope this help.....!!!!!!
 
  


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