Since you have a 486 with only a little RAM, you probably need to format and initialize the swap partition before continuing installing anything. To do that you need to run the mkswap and swapon utilities. Since you say your swap partition is "hda6" you would run the following commands:
# mkswapp /dev/hda6
# swapon /dev/hda6
The "mkswap" command will format the swap partition. The "sync" command will flush the filesystem buffers (you might not need to do this). And the "swapon" will initialize the swap partition and tell Linux to start using it. Afterwards, just run the setup program.
- If there is a log file of any kind, it will likely be in the /var/log directory. Try looking there if you had any errors.
- As far as running the setup in a "text mode" I don't think there is anything simpler. However, if you only have a black & white monitor and the color is causing problems you might want to try the command:
- I don't quite know what you mean by: "does setup's Configure option from bare.i's not have the ability to create a boot diskette?" The "bare.i" is a basic kernel that you can choose when making the boot/root disks as well as the same kernel you might want to use when actually installing Slackware Linux (there are others, and you can even compile your own if you really know what you're doing). The RAWRITE program also referes to "bare.i" but only so far as wanting to know what kernel you want to use (bare.i is a bare basic kernel that supports IDE drives whereas something like the bare.s selection would be it's equivalent but supporting only SCSI drives). RAWRITE is the utility to use when "making" any diskettes!
If you install Slackware using just diskettes then you probably will need 23 of them for the A and N series of packages. Use RAWRITE to make them from single image files named a1 to a14 and n1 to n9 (for example: the A-series' diskette-1 image file is called a1 and is located somewhere on a Slackware install CD or ftp site -- you use RAWRITE to extract the a1 image/file to a diskette just like you probably did for the "root" and "boot" diskettes).
On ther other hand, if you "install" Slackware to a hard drive then you should have been able to install LiLo (Linux Loader). Make sure you DON'T install Lilo to the MBR if you have Windows or MSDOS already on the hard drive (it probably won't do too much even if you do), but you WILL want to install Lilo to the partition marked as bootable (in this case, it's probably hda1 or whatever your FAT16 or FAT32 partiton is seen as). You can change the boot partiton to the Linux root partiton and install Lilo to load from there if you want (I'd use Linux's cfdisk utility to do it, but make sure that whatever partition you mark as bootable that you remember to install Lilo to boot from it -- and it CAN'T be the swap partiton either). The utility to configure Lilo is called liloconfig. However, I don't know if liloconfig is part of the A-series of support files -- probably not! Still, you can edit the Lilo configuration script in the /etc directory (most every script that's used when booting is located there or somewhere deeper). After editing /etc/lilo.conf you would simply type lilo from the command line to activate any changes and then reboot to see the changes.
I'm not sure if any of this helps, but I hope it clears up a few things. All the same, I would suggest reading a more authoritative source by looking at Slackware's web site:
Their book can be read online at:
Lastly, if you are trying to use loadlin then DEFINATELY none of this applies!!! That's because "LOADLIN is a DOS executable that can be used to start Linux from a running DOS system. It requires the Linux kernel to be on the DOS partition so that LOADLIN can load it and properly boot the system." That's a direct quote from chapter 7 of the above link. I do know that running Linux from a DOS/Windows partiton would be VERY SLOW! and since you have a 486 it might be "painfull" too (grin :-) )! I hope I haven't been spinning my wheels (or your's)...