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I've just finished installing Slackware on my lap top, which had been running SuSE 9.3 . For the install, I used the partitions that were already on the drive. Using ...
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    Grub Error 17


    I've just finished installing Slackware on my lap top, which had been running SuSE 9.3 . For the install, I used the partitions that were already on the drive. Using Knoppix Live CD, I can see the Slackware file structures installed ... all looks good...but when I boot I get

    Grub Loading stage 1.5

    Grub loading, please wait...

    Error 17



    Help?

    Thx

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    Slack usually installs LILO by default. Did you intend to use GRUB?

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    Error 17
    it means that grub cannot mount selected partition


    use
    Code:
    fsck
    to check it

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    Ozar wrote:
    Slack usually installs LILO by default. Did you intend to use GRUB?
    No, I'm guessing that Grub was left over from the SuSE install....and I basically took all the defaults on the Slackware install....can I just remove Grub and use LILO?

    sorry .... bit confused here

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    Yes, a bit of GRUB will remain from Suse unless you deliberately install something over it. You'll need to install and configure LILO if that's what you want to use, or you could also reinstall GRUB for use with Slack if you wish.

    A Knoppix CD can install either of them for you, and might be the easiest way for you to approach it.

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    That sounds good, I'd probably like to reinstall Grub using the Knoppix CD and go with that....

    so how would I go about doing that?

    thanks much for your help!

    Joe

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    Knoppix can install GRUB from scratch on a Slack machine, but this might be a bit tricky for you if you are new to Linux. If your machine is a fast one, it might actually be easier (and about as fast) for you to do a fresh install of Slackware, being sure to install LILO to the MBR during the installation. Once the Slack install is completed, you can install GRUB and then switch to it, or switch back and forth between GRUB and LILO.

    On the other hand, if you are comfortable with the command line and chrooting into your system, let me know and I'll try to explain a "from scratch Grub install" using the Knoppix CD. Again, this can be tricky but it can certainly be done.

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    http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/man...RUB%20natively

    System Rescue CD (see signiture) also has the GRUB shell and LILO.

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    Thanks for the help,

    I'm literally running out the door right now to take the family up north for a week of vaca, so I'll take a shot at this when I get back. (I may be bugging you more then)

    Thanks again for all your help!

    Joe

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    Following up here ...

    I just wiped the entire drive, reran the Slackware install creating partitions along the way, selected LILO as my bootloader, and now have it running on my laptop (after about 95 attempts.)

    One thing I've noticed about Linux is that it helps to have a stubborn streak

    I hereby now humbly add Slackware 10.1 to my shingle

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