I don't know what happened, but somewhere between the time I shut it down last night and the time I booted it this morning something went awry. I had to completely redo the whole thing. The good news is that I was able to do it all from memory, so it only took about an hour, with formatting and installing taking 90% of the time.
Somehow the whole drive became corrupted. I tried using e2fdsk, or however you spell it. I ran it with the suggested conditioners, and it ran fine, but the system would not go into the GUI.
But I'm back now. I do want to know though, how I may have caused that so I can prevent it from happening in the future.
Well, the only other thing that's bothering me right now is the lack of a bootloader and sound.
I did configure lilo mannualy, and it seemed to go OK while I was in setup. It didn't give me any errors or anything. But when I rebooted it went to Windows again. Somehow I've got to get that fixed, I can't keep on booting from a CD.
Also, I'm using the soundstorm chip on my Abit NF7-S mobo for sound, but there is no sound in Slackware. Any help with that would be much appreciated.
lba32 # Allow booting past 1024th cylinder with a recent BIOS
boot = /dev/hdc #this means the mbr of hdc
# boot = /dev/hdc1 will put it in the partian boot instead
#which means any boot manager in the MBR superseds this
timeout = 1200
vga = normal
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda3
label = Linux
image = /boot/02042600
root = /dev/hda3
label = 2.4.26.00
# boot 2k
other = /dev/hda1
table = /dev/hda
far as sound gboes you may just need to load the module for it