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Old 04-04-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Installing slackware on laptop


Hello. Back again with an install. I have a Dell Inspiron laptop with ubuntu 11.10 on it and I am looking to add slackware to it and have a dual boot system. Eventually I would like to have Ubuntu/Slackware/Windows. Now for the question:

1) I can't seem to boot from my slackware dvd (purchased from slackware) on my laptop.

Oh and would it be better to use lilo or grub? I keep reading good/bad things about each one and I'm a little torn.
 
Old 04-04-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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"Can't seem to boot" to boot is not an error description that helps us to help you. What exactly is not working?

About Lilo and Grub: Use the one you feel more comfortable with.
 
Old 04-04-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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"Can't seem to boot" to boot is not an error description that helps us to help you. What exactly is not working?

About Lilo and Grub: Use the one you feel more comfortable with.
Well, I put the install dvd in and reboot figuring it would come up for install but it just loads to ubuntu.
 
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You have to change the bootorder in your BIOS so that the DVD is accessed before the harddisk or use the bootmenu that most modern machines provide. Normally there should be shown a hint like "Press F12 for Boot menu" when the machine starts, the actual key differs between manufacturers (and even machines from the same manufacturer).
 
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When I set dual boot with Fedora, I skipped Lilo and added Slackware to grub with a chainloader command.

Naturally, I turned to LQ for help in getting it working. You can find my thread here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...s-grub-874480/
 
Old 04-05-2012, 07:45 AM   #6
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You have to change the bootorder in your BIOS so that the DVD is accessed before the harddisk or use the bootmenu that most modern machines provide. Normally there should be shown a hint like "Press F12 for Boot menu" when the machine starts, the actual key differs between manufacturers (and even machines from the same manufacturer).
Yeah, I already did that. I rebooted the machine and pressed F12 to get boot menu but it didn't do a damn thing. It just stayed on the Dell loading screen until I pressed another key, then it continued booting into Ubuntu.
 
Old 04-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #7
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Hi,

Make the change in BIOS to use CD/DVD 1st, then HDD 2nd.
It would help to know the hardware in use? Dell Laptop model?
'F12' is the key for newer models.
 
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Hi,

Make the change in BIOS to use CD/DVD 1st, then HDD 2nd.
It would help to know the hardware in use? Dell Laptop model?
'F12' is the key for newer models.

Dell Inspiron 1764 17.3" i5-430M Dual-Core 2.26GHz 4GB 500GB. I already tried to change the BIOS via F12 and nothing happened. It seemed to have stalled on the loading screen until I pushed a different button.
 
Old 04-05-2012, 03:43 PM   #9
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Hi,

No, go into the BIOS setup & change the boot order. 'F12' is generally the boot hotkey for single choice at boot time for a device on newer Dell machines. Dell sometimes does allow disable of the hotkey, so you might wish to check too see if 'F12' is enabled.
 
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On my Dell, at boot f2 gets you into the BIOS setup, f12 gets you to the boot menu.
Change the boot order in the BIOS, and, if the disk you have is bootable it will work.
 
  


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