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Old 10-06-2007, 12:43 PM   #1
rtoney5
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Unhappy DSL Install Issue with Loadlin and vmlinuz(invalid Compressed Format)


HelloNew to Linux)
Can't seem to get bootfloppy.img to read my CDROM or Loadlin.exe to see vmlinuz image or knoppix image. Maybe I have a bad vmlinuz image, but if someone could tell me how or where I could download one. But here are the Details of my Issue with DSL Installation...:

I'm trying to install DSL on a very old PC (Packard Bell Force 341cd). I have a CD Rom, but the BIOS won't allow boot from CD. So I saw on the DSL website how to install it with just a floppy.
Option# 1--> I used rawwrite to create the bootfloppy.img onto my Floppy a: drive. Rebooted the machine, with the bootfloppy.img in the floppy drive. Typed dsl fromcd on the command prompt of the DSL boot program, it couldn't find the CD.

Option# 2 --> So I restarted the pc and went to Win95. While in Windows 95 on the Packard Bell Machine I copied the \KNOPPIX\KNOPPIX directory&file from the CD onto my c:\KNOPPIX\KNOPPIX. DSL Website says this was "Alternative Poorman's Install". So I reebooted it again, DSL boot menu said to switch disk, guess it couldn't see the c:\KNOPPIX directory and file.

Option# 3 -->Ok, saw more info on DSL website, how Loadlin.exe might work. So I downloaded the Loadlin.exe and extracted the files to my a:\ then copied that to my Packard Bell PC's c:\isolinux directory. Copied Knoppix file in there as well. Also downloaded vmlinuz from some site somewhere on the web. Proceeded to make a menu on Win95 to choose from Linux section and Win95 Boot. Linux section had the following command when that selection choosen to boot..."shell=c:\isolinux\loadlin.exe @c:\islinux\options.txt it had the following Info...:
linux24
root=/dev/ram
rw
initrd=minirt24.gz
vga=normal
ramdisk_size=100000
init=/etc/init
lang=us
apm=power-off
nomce
noapic
quiet
BOOT_IMAGE=knoppix

Any help would be appreciated.
 
  


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