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man im so annoyed. my friend's dad gave me an old 200mhz 2GB 32MB RAM pc. so i think, im gonna install linux. wrong. the damn thing doesn't detect my slack 8.1 or 9.0 cds as boot cds at start up. what should i do?
i've been told that slackware CAN boot from cds, but it has never actually worked for me. often this is because an ftp client downloads in ASCII mode, and there can be other problems too.
all you have to do is make two boot disks and one root disk. you put the boot disk in, start your machine up, and it will direct you from there.
to find a boot disk, just look through slackware for a directory called 'bootdisks/ rootdisks/ disks/ floppies/' or something of the sort, and find the files you are looking for. the most common boot disk is the 'bare.i' boot image. for slackware 8.1 you should use the 'color.gz' as the root disk. slackware 9.0 requires you to make 2 boot disks, one is called 'install1' the other 'install2'
Originally posted by Schizo265 can you be more specific on how to actually make the bootdisk? n00b here.
Unfortunately slackware9-iso doesn't have
the boot- & root-disks on it anymore ...
Go to http://www.slackware.com/getslack/ , choose
a mirror close to you, find the directory slackware-current
(make sure it's version 9 :}), from there find
./bootdisks/README.TXT and do what it's
name suggests... read it. Decide which disk is
right for you, follow the instructions.
Then find ./rootdisks/README.TXT, see above
for the rest ...
Try to update your BIOS. My computer is a Gateway2k, and it only has 200mhz, but with its current BIOS that I have for it, it booted off of the CD Rom like a charm. Now if I could only fix my CD-Rom problem under Linux that I messed up....
well. I just quit. I could not find any floppies. I realized that I had a bunch of Debaian install cd's lying around, and the boot from cd ran from those perfectly, so at the moment I'm gonna stick with that.
one question, for a machine that old, how exactly do you update the BIOS?
If you can boot from a debian CD
but not from the ones you burnt from
the iso you've made a mistake burning
it ... most likely just creating a new file
system on the CD and have the ISO as
one file on it :) which explains why it
doesn't boot ...
As far as updating the bios goes (just for informational purposes) there are several utilities you can use to perform an update and flash a new bios onto the board, and i'm positive there is some option in the 2.4.20 linux kernel that allows you to do this.