I'm a total newbie too just started on Slackware last weekend ... anyway I had a very similar error message trying to install from the boot+root disks.
I figured that it might be that color.gz is c. 2MB and a floppy holds 1.44MB? Haven't figured this out yet, but: What I ended up doing was copying files (using a great serial port prog called file maven
) from my Windows comp to a DOS partition of the linux comp. The files I got were color.gz, bzimage (the kernel equivalent of bare.i - found under kernels in the FTP sites) and all those in the loadlin.zip archive.
Then I used:
loadlin bzimage rw root=/dev/ram initrd=color.gz load_ramdisk=1
Which booted me up and got me into the setup program. You need a copy of the application files then, which is possibly where the five install files come in? I don't know. That's as far as I am.
Hope this helps???
PS: GTINC - Do Mandrake / RedHat work well on P166, how about for P75?