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Old 05-02-2004, 04:01 PM   #1
davec
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Installing Slackware 9.0 on a Dell Latitude CP, problem with CDROM booting...


Hey there everyone.
I'm trying to install Slackware 9.0 on a Dell Laptop, having a bit of trouble. The CDROM bay/Floppy bay is "hotswappable", and can't set to boot from CDROM in the BIOS, don't know why!! What I have done is create a "bare.i" bootdisk from the slackware CDROM. WIn95 is on the machine, but i'm getting rid of it. when I boot with the "bare.i" bootdisk, I get the following error:

"Non-System disk or disk error, please replace and strike any key."

Ok, so this is windows way of saying that it ain't gonna boot from this disk.
anyone know why?

After this, I tried to do a small install of redhat 9.0, made an install floppy, got as far as the screen that asks where the install media is stored, and i pick CDROM, but it obviously can't find it, due to there not being a CDROM drive in the floppy bay!!!

how can i force it to boot from the CDROM drive? This would let me install slackware from the CDROM, as opposed to doing it the hard way....

any help is greatly appreciated!!!
 
Old 05-02-2004, 04:04 PM   #2
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Make sure you using RAWWRITE to write to the floppies, so Linux can read them. For booting from CDs, some older computers can't support it, so you must first boot from a floppy, and then insert the CD. Did you get the CD yourself or buy it? If you made it yourslf, make sure you are using an app that can handle image files to burn the CD, such as Nero on Windows and X CDRoast on Linux.
 
Old 05-02-2004, 04:08 PM   #3
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yeah, i used rawrite to write to the floppies, but the problem is more to do with swapping the floppy drive around for a CDROM drive in the middle of the install i think!!
I wrote the CDs with Nero on a Win2k machine.

thanks, hope that helps...
 
Old 05-02-2004, 04:12 PM   #4
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Well, you might have to use an external floppy drive here. Your going to have to write a boot floppy, and then switch to CD unless some other solution exists. Could you maybe start the install from inside 95?
 
Old 05-03-2004, 03:29 AM   #5
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hi ssimontis,
sorry about delay getting back, i got hold of a usb CDROM drive. trying to install using that. Now my problem is finding a root image to write to a floppy. I have a boot install disk, but it requests a root image disk ('root floppy' is the words it uses?). If you have any ideas, i would ne very grateful.
Thanks again for taking the time!!
davec
 
Old 05-03-2004, 03:54 AM   #6
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The latitude CP has the ability to boot from CDROM or Floppy .. Perhaps your bios is outdated but i doubt that.
Normally u should have a cable to connect your floppy onto your parallel port. Don't try to use the cable with your cdrom, it wont work,just leave it in the bay.
If u don't have the cable i advice to take a closer look to the bios settings, i know those laptops and they can boot from cdrom ..
 
Old 05-03-2004, 04:09 AM   #7
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hey JexxSponsken, thanks for the reply....
yeah, when i go into setup, the only boot options are:
diskette first
harddisk only
If you know a way to make it boot from the CD, that'd be great!! Would a BIOS update be able to help me? have to say I'm in over my head at that stage tho, could really do with some help,
thanks....
 
Old 05-03-2004, 10:12 AM   #8
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guys, got that problem solved, downloaded an updated BIOS from support.dell.com, really helped...
Thanks for the help.
 
  


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