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Old 02-20-2008, 03:59 PM   #1
Neo-Gekko
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Old Laptop, New Life... Need help with the revival...


Hello to all...

I'm new to Linux and I'm very eager to learn. I have an old Dell latitude LM [Pentium 100 | 24MB Ram | 3GB HD]. I'm hopping to install Slackware on it so that I can use it to learn Linux.

My problem lies in the fact that the laptop has a cd-rom unit that can't be booted from. I can't have the floppy and the cd-rom on the laptop at the same time; Its either one or the other.

I downloaded Smart Bootmanager because I was reading that it would help me with my issue. I've installed the SBM on the laptop, but when I restart the laptop I'm unable to get it to boot from the cd-rom.

I can see that the cd-rom is being recognized when its inserted, but its giving me an error when I select it.

ERROR: Disk error! 0xAA

I'm hopping that you all can help me find a solution to this dilema...


Neo-Gekko

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Old 02-20-2008, 07:41 PM   #2
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ.

I've not used Smart Bootmanager myself. But here is a link that might shed some light on your problem. It includes a couple of links which also might help.
 
Old 02-20-2008, 07:49 PM   #3
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0Xaa is the first section on a bootable hard drive. Get puppy linux 2.01 and have fun your life will change.I find on real old laptops the new puppy 3.01 uses to much ram and has issues with the older systems 2.01 is still suprted. it will save you aloy of hard drive space to.

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Old 02-20-2008, 07:54 PM   #4
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puppy 3.01 is a slackware 12.0 squasf clone with 90 percent of all the software is usable with puppy linux.
 
Old 02-21-2008, 11:20 AM   #5
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Thank you for the the help and the suggestions I've been reading over some of the information that you both have recommended. Puppy Linux sounds like a nice distro to use. I will keep it in mind as a last resort.

I've looked through the information that the link referred me to and it seems that several people have been experiencing the same issue with SBM. From what I've gathered, no one has offered a solution.

I can see the program recognizing the CD-ROM, but no partition is recognized. I'm looking for options...

I read somewhere that I can install Slackware by means of floppies. If its true, I'll be looking for a way to create the necessary floppies. Any suggestions are welcome.


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Old 02-21-2008, 03:28 PM   #6
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Neo-Gekko,

While you're new to Linux, I am guessing you have a fair amount of computer experience and can find your way around, if pointed in the right direction.

Perhaps I should have told you I don't (yet) have any experience with Slackware either. But doing a search on "slackware," "install," and "floppies," I came up with this article. It's a little (OK, OK, a decade ) old, but if go down to a section called floppies you will find:

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It's time consuming, but it works-you can buy or create the pile of floppies needed to install Slackware and then feed them into your box one-by-one when prompted. Slackware 'disk sets' are actually designed and arranged to fit floppy diskettes. If you happen to have a huge stack of recycled high-density floppy diskettes at your disposal, this can be the most economical way to go.
Checking the Slackware site, "disk sets" still seems to be a relevant term. I am quessing that you will find that orignization on your CD and it is simply a matter of copying each "disk set" directory to its own floppy disk.

Since that is apparently a lot of disks, there is another option you might want to consider. I'll warn you that I haven't done this myself so you will have to figure things out on your own or find them on the Internet. I am guessing you currently don't have an OS on your laptop. I believe it is possible, and not too painful, to install a minimal FreeDOS system via floppy. Assuming FreeDOS can read your CD drive (after booting FreeDOS from the hard drive), you can copy (from the Slackware CD) a kernel, a root disk, and loadlin to your (small!) FreeDOS partition and follow these instructions.

If you need more help with installing from floppies I am wondering if you would get more help if this thread was on the Slackware forum. If you would like this thread moved (don't start another thread -- that is a no-no!) use the report button (at the bottom of each post) to ask a moderator to move it. Don't worry if the instructions you get after clicking report makes it sound like that is not the right place to do this; the last time I checked their instructions are sub-optimal.
 
Old 02-22-2008, 07:51 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by blackhole54 View Post
If you need more help with installing from floppies I am wondering if you would get more help if this thread was on the Slackware forum. If you would like this thread moved (don't start another thread -- that is a no-no!) use the report button (at the bottom of each post) to ask a moderator to move it.
blackhole54,

I might be doing something wrong, 'cause I don't see a "report" button. I would like to follow your suggestion and have this thread moved. Can you suggest a proper course of action?

Also, I found out that Slackware programmers have stepped away from the floppy concept with version 12. It's looking like I'm gonna have to look for version 11 or 10 to attempt the installation of this OS.

Neo-Gekko

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Old 02-22-2008, 11:36 PM   #8
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I might be doing something wrong, 'cause I don't see a "report" button. I would like to follow your suggestion and have this thread moved. Can you suggest a proper course of action?
There should be a "report" button at the bottom of each post right by the "quote" and "edit" buttons. Since you've already stated your desire to have the thread moved, I could alert the moderators, but it would be better if it came from you.
 
Old 02-23-2008, 02:03 AM   #9
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Why not try install using the network, I bet you have some other computers lying around. Check this readme. Worked for me when I had no other choice and now I use it for installing all kinds of distros : ).

Best of luck.
 
  


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