[SOLVED] Slackware64 14.0 not installing, tried several methods.
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Slackware64 14.0 not installing, tried several methods.
First I downloaded the Slackware64 14.0 installation DVD. I verified the checksum, burnt it with k3b and verifed the burn. All went well. My computer will not boot the disc.
So then I used unetbootin to transfer it to a 4GB usb flash drive. It would not boot.
Then I downloaded the usbboot.img and used the img2usb script to transfer it to that same 4GB flash drive. I got it to boot!
Here I should note that I’ve been using Slackware for many years. My usual method is to setup with the boot CD/DVD and install the packages via FTP. Having a DVD not boot with a verified image and checksum has never happened to me before. I figured I would try the other ways.
Continuing on.... The usbboot.img Flash drive booted. I opted hugesmp.s because that is what I always use. Keyboars layout US, login root, all the same as always. "network" found my NIC and loaded the driver. It setup my SWAP partition and then I setup my other partitions. All using reiserfs as I have for years. (/home and /storage are the only two configured to reuse, no format) No this is where it gets strange. I tried installing form an FTP mirror. It would not resolve the FQDN (strange, nslookup could) so I used the IP(v4). Found it! Only A archive available??? selected it, "full" and go..... it then immediately told me the installation was complete and ready to reboot (usually takes a half-hour and a lot of screens and copying). What happened?
So I tried again... I rebooted and went through all the same motions only this time I tried CD/DVD source. It couldn't find the disk in my drive even when I manually tried /dev/sr0. So figuring at this point my burner (SATA HP 1260t) was not supported (odd again) I rebooted to try again. (In my experience, people tend to balk at you if you ask for support when trying several different methods without rebooting, so I've come to reboot every time I change something.)
Now I'm rebooting the usbboot.img falsh drive again. This time I select Source > Pre-mounted directory. Ctrl+Alt+F2 real quick and I
mount -t iso9660 /(dowload folder)/slackware64-14.0-install-dvd.iso /slackware64
Success! (warning, read only) I switch back to the setup console and tell it /slackware64 for the location. It then popped up with all the archives, like normal, with kdei unchecked, like normal. I selected full and happily continued. In the blink of an eye, once again, it said the installation was complete and it was safe to reboot. Lies! it never copied and installed anything.
So to tally up:
Would not boot DVD
Would not boot DVD image on USB.
Would boot usbboot.img on USB
Would not install via FTP mirror source
Would not install via DVD source
would not install via DVD image premounted as directory
Slackware64 14.0 still not installed.
Note: I had Slackware64 13.37 running stable prior to attempted upgrade.
I have a Pentium Dual-Core so SMP is correct
The mirror I used is the mirror I always use.
I did upgrade the DVD burner since last time, but being a mainstream brand-name I can't see it not being supported.
I have used USB to install Debian on multiple machines.
I actually have a USB hard drive that can boot Debian in both 32-bit and 64-bit which I use for system recoveries and repairs, so I'm not a stranger to weird issues.
My system specs are in my signature.
You say that 'SystemRescueCD' will boot on the machine in question. Why not create the ISO image on that system while using that OS? That way you will insure that there are no disk compliance errors between different drives. Wear on drives can cause tthis to occur, you say the laptop is six years old. How much did you use the writer/reader on that machine? Clean lens? This too cause issues?
Did the md5 sum and all the steps you did, and my dvd drive (the one I burned the dvd in) is examined during boot, but my computer (dual, quad core Opterons) will not see the slackware64 14.0 dvd as bootable.
Also updating from slackware64 13.37
Sigh, if no one finds the answer, I have purchased the boxed set from slackware, so it will be here in a week or two. But really would like to get it going before then.
Depending on the actual problem, that dvd may not work either?!?
Ok, yes the MD5 matched both burns and k3b and the windows app verified the burn too.
so it boots CD's everytime. It will boot the Win7 install disc (dvd?) It will not boot the slackware 12, 13.0, 13.1, or 13.37 Dvd's either, all of which were burnt on different drives, but all the same spindle of dvd+r media. I contacted HP about the Dvd1260i drive issues, and they told me it was defective so I went to the store today and exchanged it. I'll slap it in tomorrow and see if it works.
Not sure why I had to trick the computer to boot the USB iso, and why it finishes the install without copying/dl'ing a single package either.
Well, I took the drive back to Best Buy and did an even swap. The system booted the Slackware64 14.0 DVD just find. It was even burnt on the old drive. Strange. But hey, it worked.
The funny part is it is a HP DVD1260i right?
Model=HP DVD Writer 1260t, FwRev=BH21
Model=HP DVD Writer 1260v, FwRev=AH24
This pretty much sums up why I don't normally buy HP. You never really know what you are getting and even then it's usually junk. I needed a drive in a pinch and didn't want to wait for shipping. Ack! Guess I'm gonna buy a new one and toss this in the closet as a spare.