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I am trying to install slackware 8.0 on a machine with XP installed on the C: partition, there is a D: partition with FAT32 and 2 unformatted partitions that I set aside for slackware 8.0 native and swap. I make the root and boot disks on two formatted 1.44MB floppies as follows: e:\bootdsks.144>rawrite bare.i a: & e:\rootdsks>rawrite color.gz a:
The problem comes when I try to boot the first floppy (w/bare.i) and I get:
Searching for Boot Record from Floppy...OK
LI_ with a flashing prompt
I've did some searching and find out that I should make sure that I'm using the a 1.44MB floppy (which of course I am) or something about doing a dir a: before writing the image, which I have done also. I had a bootdisk with for slackware 7.0 and I am able to start an install with that, but I was wondering why I cannot with the bootdisk floppy from the slackware 8.0 2.2.19 kernel on this machine.
That's what I was thinking but I tried 4 diskettes and each time I get the same results. I'm totally clueless because the first thing that I did with each of the new diskettes was to format them in DOS and then try to write the image, here is what I get when it finishes with rawrite:
Number of sectors per track for this disk is 18
Writing image to drive A: Press ^C to abort.
Attempt to DMA across 64K boundry
Actually I was trying to write the image under DOS on a win2000 machine, the same OS that I used to create the bootdisk (a while back) for slackware 7 (which the other machine seems to like). It's been a while since I've used rawrite, does the message that I'm getting when writing the image under DOS look wrong?
You guys are great, I really appreciate all the help so far, thx alot.
Yeah the error looks like things are going rather wrong! When you say DOS on a Win2K box - do you mean a command session? If so this isn't DOS, just a command prompt, some program, especially those that want low level hardware access will fail to run correctly.
Got it! just for the hell of it, I tried tried making boot and root diskettes on the XP machine and it worked. I've been having problems on the win2k machine ever since it got hit w/code red, not sure if it's related to anything but albeit, XP wrote the images without a hitch.
Thanks to everyone for your help and suggestions, this forum rules!