RH6.0 installs, but won't boot - saga continues

RH6.0 installs, but won't boot - saga continues

Post by Murray Alexande » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00

In our last episode:

I've got an older Pentium box with:
- GA-586AT motherboard (anyone know where to get manuals?)
- 32MB of RAM
- Trident 8900 VGA card
- 850MB Quantum drive (1647 cyl, 16 heads, 63 sectors)
- 3Com 3C509 Ethernet card

The BIOS offers four ways to see the disk: Normal, Large, LBA, and Auto. The
first two look the same, and the last two both report 823 cyl, 32 heads, 63

Installing RH6.0 (several times) worked in each case, but the machine would
not boot. It would produce:

LILO boot:
Loading linux

at this point, it hangs and I have to press Reset or Power Off.

This week's episodes:

Blow away RH6.0, and install SuSE 6.1. No joy. It does the same thing as

Recall that this machine was running Win98 when I bought it. Install a 425MB
drive, jumpered as Master. Set the 850MB drive as Slave. This way, says our
hero, there won't be any fuss with drive geometry.

Re-install SuSE 6.1 on the new drive. Same results. Re-install but select
the older kernel. Same results.

In frustration, install FreeBSD 3.1. Trickier (for never having done it
before), but it works! It boots up! It shows a login prompt!

So, it would seem that Linux is not compatible with my machine for some
reason. What do I look at next? Any suggestions received with (pathetic)


1. Installing xfce: the saga continues (or I'm too stupid for Linux)

Installing anything in Linux is ***so hard*** !!!  There's not a
chance in hell that Linux will ever compete with Windows.  Installing
xfce has been eating up all my free time for the past week or so, and
I've gotten nowhere.  Hours and hours and hours, and that's just one
program...  At this rate it will be weeks before I have a working
system...  Now I can see why far smarter people than me avoid Linux
like the plague.  Even with my less-than-stellar hourly wage, the time
wasted getting Linux to work far outweighs the alleged monetary
savings of free software.  Very demoralizing.

In the xfce build directory, when I run

    # ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --datadir=\/usr/local/share --sysconfdir=/etc/X11

as suggested by the installation instructions, it ends with the error:

  checking for glib-config... no
  checking for GLIB - version >= 1.2.6... no
  *** The glib-config script installed by GLIB could not be found
  *** If GLIB was installed in PREFIX, make sure PREFIX/bin is in
  *** your path, or set the GLIB_CONFIG environment variable to the
  *** full path to glib-config.
  configure: error: Cannot find GLIB: Is glib-config in path?

Indeed, I have no glib-config anywhere (though I do have glib-1.2.7

So I tried to reinstall glib-1.2.7, but I get a huge mess of errors.
First, ./configure for glib-1.2.7 gives:

  *** Warning: the command libtool uses to detect shared libraries,
  *** /usr/bin/file, produces output that libtool cannot recognize.
  *** The result is that libtool may fail to recognize shared libraries
  *** as such.  This will affect the creation of libtool libraries that
  *** depend on shared libraries, but programs linked with such libtool
  *** libraries will work regardless of this problem.  Nevertheless, you
  *** may want to report the problem to your system manager and/or to

OK, so I don't have libtool, so now I try to install libtool.  I find
libtool, download it, but when I try to install it (using dpkg) I get
exactly the same error as above:

  *** Warning: the command libtool uses to detect shared libraries,
  *** /usr/bin/file, produces output that libtool cannot recognize.
  *** <etc>

This makes no sense!  I'm *installing* libtool.  How can libtool be
used to install libtool?  Is dpkg *that* stupid?

What is one supposed to do???

2. Not happy with StarOffice 5.0

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9. Boot disk: The saga continues!

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12. Red Hat 6.2, Highpoint HPT366: installs fine, won't boot stopping at 'LI'

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