I'm trying to install Slackware 1.2.0 on a PS/1. I'm running into several problems. Any help
will be tremendously appreciated.
1. When installing from the scsinet boot disk, I have a intermittent problem in which
a password is asked for, when I first try to login as root. After a couple (sometimes 10)
of "60 second timeouts" the problem seems to go away and is promptly replaced by a
"out of memory" message. (I have 4M of memory). Things are fine after that.
I have 2 hard disks and Linux is located on the SECOND (slave) drive. When I create a
boot diskette/ LILO diskette and try to reboot Linux off these, there is a "kernel panic"
message and the system hangs. It seems that the hard drives are not recognized. I
believe that the PS/1 does not store drive geometry in the CMOS and hence the problem.
Does anybody out there know a way to create a boot/LILO diskette that gets around
this problem ?
2. As any brave first time installer would :-(, and because of Probem 1 above, I chose
the option to install LILO on the hard drive (trashed MBR on the first
[DOS] drive I presume ??) and tried to "vi" the appropriate LILO config files and disktab.
Murphy's law took effect ...... vi did not work
and hung my console and forced me to reboot. The result is that every time I boot, LILO
starts up, does not recognize the drives and ends with the "kernel panic" message.
Since the MBR on the first drive is changed, I tried to hold down the Shift, Control, Caps
Scroll lock keys together, separately and other permutations thereof. No luck! Same
result......LILO does not pause to let the disk(s) geometry to be defined manually.
Any help, including how to get Linux working again, get DOS back, sample LILO
config/disktab files, general help in what is a recommended way to go when installing
Linux on an entirely separate hard drive (/dev/hdb), creating bootdisks etc. will be
tremendously appreciated. BTW, I have read the LILO readme and the TeX document
but would like some first hand help. Many thanks !