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Old 04-29-2003, 06:28 PM   #1
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pc cant find boot on cd


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?
 
Old 04-29-2003, 06:32 PM   #2
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ahhh, a classic problem.

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'

I hope this helped you,
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Old 04-29-2003, 06:46 PM   #3
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Another "common" or "classic" problem is the
age of a PC, and the fact that old beggars often
don't have a BIOS that supports bootable CD's ;)
 
Old 04-29-2003, 06:50 PM   #4
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can you be more specific on how to actually make the bootdisk? n00b here.
 
Old 04-29-2003, 06:58 PM   #5
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Quote:
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 ...


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 05-05-2003, 10:06 PM   #6
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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....
 
Old 05-06-2003, 05:02 PM   #7
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Please remember to keep us updated so that we know what precisely the problem was, and how you fixed it.

Otherwise, we'll have to answer these questions for somebody else!

Thanks,
Andrew
 
Old 05-06-2003, 05:08 PM   #8
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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?
 
Old 05-06-2003, 05:17 PM   #9
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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 ...

Look at this ... for more info ;)

Cheers,
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Last edited by Tinkster; 05-06-2003 at 05:20 PM.
 
Old 05-06-2003, 05:43 PM   #10
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If you can boot off your your current BIOS, I wouldn't worry about updating it....
 
Old 05-07-2003, 11:22 AM   #11
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the slackware 8.1 and 9.0 cds I have boot perfectly in the computer i normally use. This one computer just can't boot them up. I doubt its that problem.
 
Old 05-07-2003, 07:56 PM   #12
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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.

I don't really know much more about it than that.

~Andrew
 
  


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