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I have a 256Mb 333Mhz comp that used to run rh

I am really stuck in installing Slackware 9

This is how far i have goten

I went to the bios, switched to boot of the cd

Then i get the Welcome to Slackware 9 etc in txt format

then theres

boot:

at that point i enter the kernel (scsi.s)

so it will be

boot:scsi.s

loads he kernel

Asks me to keep my US keyboard or switch to another, I press enter to keep it as it is

Then i get some Faqs

Then

You may now login as 'root'.

slackware login:

i go root, it has no password

then i get

root@slackware:/#

This is were all the txts, Online help tell you to partition witch i really understand but i follow the instructions.

You could either go my enter

fdisk

or a dos looking screen cfdisk

i type fdisk /dev/hda

I am in the Prgram know

Command (m for help):

i enter p to list my partitons

then i delete them

at this time you creat a linux swap one for root and one for /

or something like this

This is the part were i get stuck

Some help would be really appreciated

And plz try to explain as simple as possible

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I got my start on linux with slackware 3.. its grown allot since then.

First off, slackware is best known as the RTFM distro; Reading everything will only help you, remember that.

When partioning in linux, its best for newbs to use the "cfdisk" command - in this case typing "cfdisk /dev/hda" will do the trick.

type "man cfdisk" for info on how to use it.. its pretty self explainitory.

The basics are simple; you need a reguler file system partition and a another swap.. do this using cfdisk.

Once you have this taken care of, type "setup" at the prompt and the graphical setup tool will start up.. follow the prompts from there.

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i think i did install it

i did a full install

did the setup

set the root password

know i take the disk out restart and i get this

GRUB version .92

what is this ???

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Hmm you must have had a previous linux distribution on there because Slack9 uses lilo (I don't think grub is even in the unsupported branch).

Since you're seeing a grub boot prompt then you probably forgot to overwrite your master boot record (mbr). Hmm this will be a pain in the ass but you might want to reinstall. This time when it asks about a boot loader MAKE SURE you choose the "write to the mbr" option.

After that you should be booting slack just fine :).

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arggg

k i am renstalling it as we speak = )

hopefully this time everything goes smoothly

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well it worked, i picked windowmaker but theres 1 prb

its not a interface, (x)

i got into root

root@darkstar:~#

dont know what to do know

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it might not be set to boot the x environment at start or you might have configured the monitor settings wrong check those

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Is slack your first distribution? Cause it doesn't hold your hand at all (which can be a good thing)

edit /etc/inittab and change

id:3:initdefault:

to

id:4:initdefault:

This will cause xdm to run and try to automatically start x. Beforehand you should run "XFree86 -configure" as root and mv the file that was generated (XFree86.new) to /etc/X11/XFree86-4.

...Try not to get to frustrated. Doing things in linux seems a little awkward at first but eventually (after many reinstallations and hosed filesystems :)) you get the hang of it.

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id:3:initdefault:

to

id:4:initdefault:

shouldn't that be 5 instead of 4, I thought 4 wasn't used....

*edit*: Slackware plug:

Slackware is the best distro in my opinion, it helps you understand linux and therefore unix better than redhat or suse.

*edit #2* Feend: doesn't slackware use /etc/X11/XF86Config?? I thought it didn't use the Xfree86-4...

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the xf86config file isn't distro specific, xfree86 will use either of them, it searches for XF86Config-4 first, then XF86Config.

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well. i battled the whole day yesterday

many, many installs

and finally got slackware 9.0 WindowMaker working = )

Thanks for the help guys

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the xf86config file isn't distro specific, xfree86 will use either of them, it searches for XF86Config-4 first, then XF86Config.

oops, didnt know that. well, i guess you learn somthin every day...

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well RH 8 was the first one but i stoped using it, then got intrested again and did research on diffrent distros, but slack looked the best = )

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that was be as the guest

Sorry for double posting

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Fist thing you should do in slack is to upgrade some of the libs.. the c lib is ok for most things, but sdl and such can most likly be upgraded, depending on your preferences.

Usualy the

./configure

make

make install

dance will work.. check README files.

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Hey make your swap at least 512mb it will help when trying to cvs things. Imporant

like cvs your source, packages or whatever U would what updated regularly. It's been

awhile since I used slackware. Oh ya! Install just the developer option without gui or X

U can always add this on later. Makes a smoother install works for me everytime

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And make sure you install EVERYTHING in the D [deval] disk set... every compiler is just enough :D

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