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Old 12-28-2004, 11:12 AM   #1
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Trouble with Slackware installation


Well, it is not really the installation that is a problem, but how to install. I have read the online installation guide from slackware.com but it is less than informative, especially since I have downloaded an ISO image, and this case never comes up in the guide.

My question is, how do I install Slackware when I have a CD? I already have RedHat 9.0 and Windows ME installed. Can I install Slackware to a seperate partition from RH and ME, or do I have to anyway, or what? I have no idea what to do!!!!

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Old 12-28-2004, 11:29 AM   #2
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Dei_Miles,

I'm not sure I understand your question(s). Can your computer boot from the Slackware CD that you have? If it does not try to go into the BIOS settings of your computer and set the boot order so that it boots from the CD. Then restart your computer with the install CD in the drive.

> I already have RedHat 9.0 and Windows ME installed.

So then you have a dual boot system already set up and you can choose which to use at boot time right?

> Can I install Slackware to a separate partition from RH and ME, or do I have to anyway, or what?

Yes, you will need to create another partition. I've always started out with an empty harddrive, then created the partitions in unpartitioned space and then installed the various OSes (Windows, Linux, ...). Unless you have unpartitioned space available for your slackware install, you will have to use something like Partition Magic to create a new partition.



You might want to look into ZipSlack (?) if you've got a spare FAT partiton.....
 
Old 12-28-2004, 11:30 AM   #3
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Haven't really tried to have more than 1 distro at a time but I think that you have to add partitions and put Slackware on those...
It should work just you keep in mind which partitions belong to what OS.
 
Old 12-29-2004, 01:24 PM   #4
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abean:
My computer can boot the CD, but I just wanted to make sure that was all I needed, because the Slackware install help mentioned about four different boot disks, and no mention of CDs.

I have a dual-boot system set up, and it works fine. I assumed that a triple-boot would work the same way, but I just wanted to be safe.

I have ample space available for a new partition, but I am quickly running out on my current Linux partition, which is why I asked.

phos: That is a good point. I will have to organize it carefully.

Thanks for all the help, guys, and sorry about the muddled communication.
 
Old 12-29-2004, 02:39 PM   #5
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yes, you only need the cd. there should be 2 cds in fact. the second contains kde/gnome.

1. boot from cd one.
2. type cfdisk/fdisk to create your partitions if you still have unused space
3. type setup and go through the steps
 
Old 12-29-2004, 10:32 PM   #6
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I see. Thanks
 
Old 12-30-2004, 11:15 AM   #7
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When I try to install from the CD, I have tried the install everything and the choose packages options, and every time, when it is installing the very first set of packages, it comes up with
"Fatal Error while installing: ..."
I hit enter at the OK button, and it does it with the very next package. At that point, I just Ctrl+C and reboot. Has anyone ever experienced this sort of thing?

Thanks
 
Old 12-30-2004, 11:28 AM   #8
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What fatal error? Specify error, please.
 
Old 12-30-2004, 12:02 PM   #9
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It just says "There was a fatal error while installing /var/.../coreutils...". That sort of thing. It says the installation media may be corrupted, but I do not know how to check that.
 
Old 12-30-2004, 12:05 PM   #10
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I had a similar problem when installing slack10. Kept getting "Fatal Error" It was just a bad download and/or bad copy of ISO over to the CD.

If you downloaded the ISO's try to download the first CD ISO again and burn it again to the CD.

Just a thought
 
Old 12-30-2004, 12:06 PM   #11
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So, in that case, the best set if event will be to reburn CDs with lower speed.
I burn install CDs not higher than 8x
Serves well
Good luck!
 
Old 12-30-2004, 12:09 PM   #12
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8x? Hmm... Wow, I did not think about that being the problem, but it makes sense. The default on my burning software is 24x, and I just took that w/o thinking.
Thanks, I will give that a try.
 
Old 12-30-2004, 12:16 PM   #13
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It mist be it!
My Philips CDRW also supports 52x and I also tried burning install media with fast burning.
Almost always install failed afterwards
 
Old 01-01-2005, 06:49 PM   #14
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I am still getting the exact same errors in the exact same places. This is definitely strange. I have downloaded the two ISOs two times each, to make sure it was not the ISO itself. I downloaded them from the link on LQ, at http://iso.linuxquestions.org/version.php?version=1 under the x86 (not BitTorrent) header. Has anyone else had problems with these particular files? Well, I can not figure this one out. I would expect it to have worked by now. I am going to try some of the other download mirrors.

Last edited by Dei_Miles; 01-01-2005 at 06:52 PM.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 08:33 PM   #15
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Would it make any difference if you downloaded the iso from a different site? I got mine from the ibiblio.org link on the slackware site and they worked fine.

And if you're burning them in Windows maybe try a different burning program. Some of them seem to be a little flakey.
 
  


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