No version of Linux works!!!
Okay, here's the deal. I've only been able to get one version of Linux to work - Gentoo (which uses Grub). The rest fail at the same point. The computer loads LILO fine, the kernel then appears to load and when it come to detect the devices on the IDE buses it stops... that's it. But here's the interesting part. I can boot that partition/installation of Linux if I use a boot disc (e.g. using Slackware CD and specifying bare.i root=/dev/hd?? noinitrd ro). The boot disc is always using the same kernel image as the h/d.
What is the solution??? I'm trying to get away without formatting (i.e. every last byte) my H/D, there's too much stuff to backup easily. I have an incling that my problem may be due to the fact that I've resized partitions using PartitionMagic, but I'm just clutching at straws here.
If anyone's had similar difficulties in the past who could help me, or if anyone's got a clue where I could start I'd be grateful.
P.S. The system dual boots with Win98 and has a H/D of 40Gb (although supposedly this shouldn't matter, including 1024 cylinder rule).
P.P.S. Although I'm not a Linux expert I certainly am not a novice so please don't as me if I have checked my settings, checked my LILO config etc.