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Old 10-04-2004, 03:44 PM   #1
newtoitall
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very Noob install question (S.W. 10)


Hi,

I am trying to install slackware 10 from the iso's but have absolutely no experience with linux or unix so this is probably an embarrassingly stupid question.........

I've set up 2 partitions, 256M swap and the rest of the 20Gig hardrive as the main partition. I go through the setup program, and everything seems ok but when I try and set the source I select option 1 "install from slackware CD or DVD" and it says that it cant find a slackware disk. Can anyone enlighten me??
 
Old 10-04-2004, 03:56 PM   #2
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your CD image is bad
 
Old 10-04-2004, 03:59 PM   #3
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Originally posted by rakriege
your CD image is bad
not necessarily. i had good slack 10 cds that did the same thing. try selecting the cdrom drive manually. also, what kind of cdrom drive do you have?
 
Old 10-04-2004, 04:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for responding so quick. Fraid I cant get the CDROM type info till tomorrow so I will post back then. I have tried manually specifying the drive but unfortunately I get the same result.

Just to highlight my ignorance even more though can either of you explain how I can go about checking my CD's? I've seen mention of MD5 or something similar which I think is there for just that reason? Also how can I get this far if there is a problem with my CDROM driver? I understand its using the simplest boot image but it is reading it from the cd in the first place?

Thanks again.
 
Old 10-04-2004, 04:29 PM   #5
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read this: http://www.linuxiso.org/viewdoc.php/verifyiso.html

the reason i ask what kind of cdrom drive you're using is because if it's scsi, you have to enable it when you first boot.
 
Old 10-04-2004, 05:42 PM   #6
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Its an IDE CDROM. Thanks for the checksum info, I will check it out.
 
Old 10-04-2004, 09:35 PM   #7
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Re: very Noob install question (S.W. 10)

Quote:
Originally posted by newtoitall
Hi,

I am trying to install slackware 10 from the iso's but have absolutely no experience with linux or unix so this is probably an embarrassingly stupid question.........

I've set up 2 partitions, 256M swap and the rest of the 20Gig hardrive as the main partition. I go through the setup program, and everything seems ok but when I try and set the source I select option 1 "install from slackware CD or DVD" and it says that it cant find a slackware disk. Can anyone enlighten me??
If you have *no* experience in Linux, I'm sure many would agree here, pick a more newbie-orientated Distro - like Mandrake, RedHat, Fedora or SuSe. When you get to grips with Linux, and feel you are more confident, then try a *harder* Linux distro - Slackware for example.

To put it simply, if you were learning to drive and seeked the most control over what you were doing, would you jump into a Ferrari, or start on a Ford Focus?
 
Old 10-05-2004, 05:03 PM   #8
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OK, so I was unable to check the MD5 of the iso as I had borrowed the iso on cd so i downloaded a fresh copy and that one checked out OK. I ran set up again and the same thing happened. I looked on some forums and found the dmesg comand and ran this:

dmesg | grep hd* (I'm not entirely sure what this means)

and I got a whole load of output the parts that seemed relevant to my CDROM (I was given it and I thought it was a cdrom!) drive were:
SAMSUNG SCR - 3232 ATAPI CD/DVD ROM drive
...
....
ATAPI 32X CD_ROM DRIVE 128 kb cache DMA
....
and at the end...

end request:I/O error dev 16:00 (hdc) sector 588

So is the problem driver related then?

In answer to your comments about slackware not being the best for a starter I was going for slackware as I believe it is the most like unix and I wanted to try and gain experience in this area. But maybe you are right its not going too well.....
 
Old 10-05-2004, 05:34 PM   #9
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hi there,

just how old is that cd-rom drive ? i have the experience that " old " drives
( say build 1998 and before ) have problems reading cd-r and -r/w.
i plugged in a much newer one to install Slack on an older pc.

And for your distro-choice... you couldn't do better.
Slackware's the best, also for learning.

egag
 
Old 10-05-2004, 07:36 PM   #10
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I had the exact same problem when installing slack10 on my server. It's the cdrom drive, I switched mine out and ran the install again without problems.
 
Old 10-06-2004, 02:40 AM   #11
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I appreciate those positive comments about the distro egag, I've got to say despite the problems I'm kind of enjoying this in a weird way. So I will get hold of a new CDROM and give it another go. I dont have a lot of free time at the moment so I probably wont have much time to do that for a few days, but I'm sure I'll be back with more questions then. With any luck they wont be about the install this time ;>)

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to reply and help me out.
 
  


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