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Old 12-21-2011, 09:27 AM   #1
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Stuck with LILO error (Slackware 13.37)

After trying a few different package groups and unsuccessfully getting any XWindows desktops to load I finally went ahead and did a full install except K (kernel source), KDEI (international support), and Y (games).

Finally I started loading to the KDE desktop (previously I would just get a blank screen with a blinking prompt), but as soon as I went to change the desktop background the system froze. When I restarted my computer and tried to load LILO it freezes with the error "L99 99 99 99 99 99 .." filling about half the screen with '99s'.

I tried re-installing Slackware twice now, making sure the LILO installation is correct (it was working fine before the crash), but I still get the same error. Help!
Old 12-21-2011, 10:10 AM   #2
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Here's the contents of the lilo.conf file:
# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
# Append any additional kernel parameters:
append=" vt.default_utf8=0"
boot = /dev/sda6

# Boot BMP Image.
# Bitmap in BMP format: 640x480x8
bitmap = /boot/slack.bmp
# Menu colors (foreground, background, shadow, highlighted
# foreground, highlighted background, highlighted shadow):
bmp-colors = 255,0,255,0,255,0
# Location of the option table: location x, location y, number of
# columns, lines per column (max 15), "spill" (this is how many
# entries must be in the first column before the next begins to
# be used. We don't specify it here, as there's just one column.
bmp-table = 60,6,1,16
# Timer location x, timer location y, foreground color,
# background color, shadow color.
bmp-timer = 65,27,0,255

# Standard menu.
# Or, you can comment out the bitmap menu above and
# use a boot message with the standard menu:
#message = /boot/boot_message.txt

# Wait until the timeout to boot (if commented out, boot the
# first entry immediately):
# Timeout before the first entry boots.
# This is given in tenths of a second, so 600 for every minute:
timeout = 1200
# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
# Normal VGA console
vga = normal
# Ask for video mode at boot (time out to normal in 30s)
#vga = ask
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
# End LILO global section
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sda1
label = Windows
table = /dev/sda
# Windows bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/sda6
label = Linux
# Linux bootable partition config ends
Old 12-21-2011, 12:10 PM   #3
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Got it working. I re-created my USB installer (in case for some reason the LILO installation files were changed on it?) and re-created the entry in the Windows boot menu with EasyBCD. I don't think the issue was the latter, since I was able to boot up and get into KDE before the error started.

In short: got LILO working to see if I can get a stable desktop up.

Edit: Ah it was the Windows boot loader causing the problem. I need to re-create the Slackware entry with EasyBCD...I thought it worked before when I re-installed to the same partitions but maybe I created the entry each time.

Last edited by Tachtory; 12-21-2011 at 12:39 PM.
Old 01-17-2012, 12:30 PM   #4
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please mark the thread as solved, even though you found the solution yourself... this will prevent folks who really want to help you from reading your thread and finding out you don't need help any longer...


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