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Old 08-23-2001, 12:43 AM   #1
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slackware 8.0 LI_ prompt w/bootdisk


Hi, can anyone point me in the right direction?

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.

Can anyone plz help?
thx alot in advance
 
Old 08-23-2001, 08:12 AM   #2
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I had the same problem with a boot floppy. I reformatted the floppy in DOS and and rewrote the image. The first image probably just didn't write well.
 
Old 08-23-2001, 08:58 AM   #3
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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

Is there where it's going wrong possibly?

thx for replying
 
Old 08-23-2001, 03:28 PM   #4
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Are you using a DOS version of rawrite under XP? If so try the NT version, its on the Slack8 install CD along with the DOS version - it look slike it never finishes writing the disk.

cheers

Jamie...
 
Old 08-23-2001, 04:23 PM   #5
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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.
 
Old 08-23-2001, 05:29 PM   #6
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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.

cheers

Jamie...
 
Old 08-24-2001, 09:01 PM   #7
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hmmmm, I've tried rebooting in DOS and then creating the bootdisk but still getting the same symptoms. Are there any other suggestions that you think I might be able to check?

Thx for everything.
 
Old 08-25-2001, 01:28 AM   #8
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Maybe the bare.i image on your disk is bad. Go to Slack and d/l a new one.

Last edited by linuxcool; 08-25-2001 at 01:30 AM.
 
Old 08-25-2001, 12:13 PM   #9
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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!
 
  


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