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Old 09-19-2004, 06:03 PM   #1
Sagar_Indurkhya
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[b]How do I get Linux to recognize a dos partitions?[/b]


How do I get Linux to recognize a dos partitions? I have it so that I can boot from bare.i, but it won't reconize my cd-rom drive. I have tried all the boot disks, so those won't help. I can get the cd through dos. I have the contents of the cd sitting in a dos partition. How do I get the Slackware installer that runs of the boot disk to recognize this partition, and install slackware from it? Also, I have decided that I will pick between KDE and GNOME, rather than both. Which one is more stable while nice looking?

Here are my dos partitions:

C: 500mb(compressed)
D: 2 gigs, holds contents of the slackware cd(uncompressed)

Any help is appreciated!
 
Old 09-19-2004, 06:15 PM   #2
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I don't completely understand what you are asking, but if you are having problems booting to your Slack install disk, I'd suggest that you make sure the CD is bootable, and your computer can boot from CD's. That's the easiest way to do it. If that won't work, make a boot floppy to get it started.
 
Old 09-19-2004, 06:30 PM   #3
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The CD is bootable, though my comp doesn't support booting from cd. The CdRom drive is some old, non-standard interface. Old_CD won't recognize it, so I am not trying to boot from cd. I am in DOS. I want to copy the stuff on the cd onto harddrive, which i have done. It is on D:. I want to know that when I am in linux, what do i type a command prompt to refer to the stuff in dos partition.

Do i do something like this:

/dev/D:

or what? that is my question.
 
Old 09-19-2004, 06:55 PM   #4
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Originally posted by Sagar_Indurkhya
The CD is bootable, though my comp doesn't support booting from cd. The CdRom drive is some old, non-standard interface. Old_CD won't recognize it, so I am not trying to boot from cd. I am in DOS. I want to copy the stuff on the cd onto harddrive, which i have done. It is on D:. I want to know that when I am in linux, what do i type a command prompt to refer to the stuff in dos partition.

Do i do something like this:

/dev/D:

or what? that is my question.
If you are trying to install Slack, it has an option where you can select that the install files are on your hard drive. Since it's on a Windows D:, it's probably /dev/hdb1 or /dev/hda2. If you just want to get those files from a prompt you already have, you have to mount the drive first. The drive should be called (as stated above), /dev/hdb1 or /dev/hda2, depending on if you have two hard drives, or two partitions. Type "mount --help" to learn how to use mount.
 
Old 09-19-2004, 07:08 PM   #5
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well, i guess i am dumb, but I tried using xcopy in dos to copy everything in cd to D:. But it gives me error that can't read drive after copying some crap. Does anyone know what is going on? i am thinking about puting the iso on a cd(not burning, but just the one file). Then on the other computer, I will just use undisker for dos to extract everything out of the iso onto D:. Also, when I used old_cd.i, I didn't mount anything. I just setup a linux partition using fdisk, then ran onto setup. Might this be why it didn't recognize the cdrom drive. cuz i swear old_cd covers that Matsushita drive.

PS: when i use "ls" command in root/top directory, it does list CDROM.

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Old 09-19-2004, 08:06 PM   #6
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Ok. My CDROM Drive is officially supported by Old_CD.i boot disk. However, it doesn't recognize cdrom drive! Does this have anything to do with the Cdrom being master or slave or w/e? The model I have is CDR 563 by Panasonic. It is listed in old_cd.i's list of supported cdrom drivers, yet won't work. Any insight would help a lot. Gmail invites to those who help!
 
  


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