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Odin_of_Asgard 03-13-2004 10:29 AM

Building a Slackware PC
I have decided to build a Slackware PC. But as I have never built a PC before I need a little advide. I have stripped and rebuilt one of my old PCs before(I was bored and had nothing to do) so I know what is in them and how to assemble the parts; what I am unsure about is what happens after I first turn on the new machine (what is BIOS and how do I configure it, when do I install the drivers and the OS). I have formatted my old PC when I had win95 all I had to do then was put in the boot disc and load the OS, is it similar?

Has any one else tried to install slackware (9.1) onto a new machine were there any problems, also are there any makes of hardware to stay away from.

I will by using this as my second PC so it will not be used for games or anything graphically intensive, it will be mainly used for programming, writing and browesing the internet. I was thinking of using a Asus A7V8X-MX Mobo would this be OK or can any of you suggest better hardware, I have also heard that modem support can be a nightmare any help will be appreciated. Also I want to try and keep the PC under 300 (without monitor) (about $450) so please don't say I have to use dear components.

(BTW: I know slackware has a steep learning curve for newbies but I have my reasons for picking it)

Komakino 03-13-2004 11:01 AM

Once your PC is assembled and turned on, look for the 'press F10 to enter setup' (or could be DEL or F2...etc...) message. Do this to enter BIOS (Basic Input Output System) settings. Try autodetecting the hard disks, this usually works fine. After this set it so that the CD-ROM is checked for a bootable disc before the Hard Disk is booted. This will allow you to boot the slackware CD. When you're in, run fdisk /dev/hdx (replacing xx with the partition with 'a' for first disk, 'b' for second...etc) and make a partition to install linux on. Quit fdisk (using the 'w' command) then run 'mke2fs -j /dev/hdxx' replacing xx with the disk number (e.g. a, b, c, d) followed by the partition number (e.g. 0,1,2...) so:

mke2fs -j /dev/hda1
will convert the first partition on the primary master disk to ext3.

Now run 'setup' to install slackware.

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