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Old 01-05-2006, 09:53 AM   #1
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Why do I have to be a genious to install Slackware?


Today, After I backed up 2 DVDs, Burned 4 Slackware 10.2 CDs, Reinstalled XP (first, so Slackware will find it), and Booted from first Slackware CD, I found out, I don't know how to manage to install since I don't know what to do with the fstab, cstab partition shits.... I only wanted 80GB windows, 80 GB Linux, and what I got was a big headache...

Quote:
Swapon -a bla bla
Can't find drive hda, sda, ...
It's not my first linux, I used for a long time Mandrake 10.1 and Fedora FC4, but it's the most complicated installation...

Any tips?
 
Old 01-05-2006, 09:55 AM   #2
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Two links
www.slackbook.org
www.slackersbible.org

actually, three...
http://www.slackware.com/install/

Last edited by tuxrules; 01-05-2006 at 09:56 AM.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 10:06 AM   #3
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The install is pretty much the way it used to be, before fancy gui installs became all the rage. But after you had to do everything by hand. Your best bet is to read the links (provided above) and understand what the process will be. Make notes (or print out the relevant parts of the documentation) and take your time over the install.

It becomes a lot easier after you have done it a few times and then you'll wonder why the gui way is considered better
 
Old 01-05-2006, 10:46 AM   #4
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First, why Slackware? There are lots of other popular free distros---some may be more user-friendly.

Second, your quote provides no information to us--what was the context?

If are intent on staying with Slackware, then I suggest simply starting over and taking it a bit slower. (and look at the links others have provided.)
 
Old 01-05-2006, 12:22 PM   #5
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I only have to say that Slackware was the first linux I installed and it was a piece of cake because I followed an easy install guide which I directly found using google. Something like "slackware install guide".
 
Old 01-05-2006, 12:38 PM   #6
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I got this sitsuation

when I installed XP I had partitioned of 131000 MB which was found (i got 160 gb) so I formated it and installed in 80 gb of of it XP) now I want the other 80gb to be linux


this maakes me cry
http://www.slackware.com/install/partitions.php
 
Old 01-05-2006, 12:55 PM   #7
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cfdisk is much easier to use for some people. You technically just need 2 partitions -- one for your files and one for swap. Many people use more, but YMMV.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 01:04 PM   #8
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Yes, technically only two partitions are needed but I would suggest you atleast put /home on a separate partition. This will save you a lot of headaches and problems should you have to reinstall. Fdisk isn't that hard if you use it wisely and don't worry it will not make any changes to the disk until you use the command "w" and commit the changes.

Yet another link to a website created by a fellow slacker/LQer:
http://shilo.is-a-geek.com/slack/

Tux,
 
Old 01-05-2006, 01:16 PM   #9
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the problem is, i can't even do w!!! after I make the changes...


I'm logged as root, in any case.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 01:27 PM   #10
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Slackware is an easy install, if you follow the directions. I would start over and take your time. Read each screen slowly and understand what you are answering.

The links posted above would be a great starting point as well. Do a little research so you are ready.

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Old 01-05-2006, 02:16 PM   #11
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One more link for you http://bitbenderforums.com/vb22/show...?postid=311808
It's really nice to have the luxury of a second computer when doing this kind of thing. If this isn't possible a printout also helps.
 
Old 01-05-2006, 02:54 PM   #12
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Quote:
Why do I have to be a genious to install Slackware?
Today, After I backed up 2 DVDs, Burned 4 Slackware 10.2 CDs, Reinstalled XP (first, so Slackware will find it), and Booted from first Slackware CD, I found out, I don't know how to manage to install since I don't know what to do with the fstab, cstab partition shits.... I only wanted 80GB windows, 80 GB Linux, and what I got was a big headache...

Quote:
Swapon -a bla bla
Can't find drive hda, sda, ...

It's not my first linux, I used for a long time Mandrake 10.1 and Fedora FC4, but it's the most complicated installation...

Any tips?

Slackware offers a couple of boot-kernels for the install process.

Had you taken the time to READ the intro screen (not even the
docu before trying to install) you'd have noticed the F2 and
F3 options, on F3 you may have discovered sata.i as an option,
or even test26.s which will allow you to actually see your
SATA drive. And no, that doesn't require being a genius, just
diligence and discipline.


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 01-06-2006, 06:52 AM   #13
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okay

here's what I tried

(inserted test26.s like the above post)
I've made the partitions I wanted (win/swap/linux/and '/') but it didn't work since setup couldn't find /var/log/slackware/a/... files (A.k.a installation files)

I've managed to install it when I didn't make a seprate partition for '/' and made those partitions : win/swap/linux but after it installed and I'm pretty much sure I've done anything good, but then when I restarted and chose Linux in the boot loader the loading screen came up and afterwards it did error 'kernel panic'

error name was
Code:
'kmod: faild to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi-hostadapter, errno=2
vfs : unable to mount root fs on 08:03
Kernel Panic'
Then again, when I did partitioned otherwise (with '/' as other partition, it couldn't find the installation files).

any tips?
 
Old 01-06-2006, 10:03 AM   #14
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guys? please advise, my computer is turned off since the morning... i don't know what to do.
 
Old 01-06-2006, 10:29 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by itz2000
I've managed to install it when I didn't make a seprate partition for '/' and made those partitions : win/swap/linux but after it installed and I'm pretty much sure I've done anything good, but then when I restarted and chose Linux in the boot loader the loading screen came up and afterwards it did error 'kernel panic'

Then again, when I did partitioned otherwise (with '/' as other partition, it couldn't find the installation files).

any tips?
I don't understand that.
Quote:
I've managed to install it when I didn't make a seprate partition for '/'
What does that mean? You have to create at least two partitions a root ("/") and a swap. Create the two partitions with cfdisk, start the installer and select the relevant partition for / and swap.

Tux,
 
  


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