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Old 01-22-2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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Attempting to install Slackware13/64 on top of PCLinuxOS2009.


Using Inspiron 1545 laptop, w/80gb hard drive, 4gb ram, previously had PCLinuxOS2009 and attempted to install Slackware over it.AA

I could not confirm I had Slaceware properly installed. The verbose listing shows (somewhere) PCLinuxOS 2010. Updates show as text screens showing files downloading/installing. The background screens on the desktop were not changed. So, I did a clean install of PCLinuxOS2009 to get things back to normal but a little different with the partitions. No swap partiton created this time. I could not remember what partitions should be assigned. So, just two primary/bootable partitions (sda1 & sda6) assigned now. I'm just not smart enough to use commands or understand fully what & how to get Slaceware installed. Real Question: Can Slaceware get properly installed over PCLinuxOS2009? I plan to get a bigger HD and attempt it again without PCLinuxOS installed. Any comments are welcomed.
 
Old 01-23-2010, 03:17 AM   #2
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Your word "over" is confusing the issue. Do you mean that you wish to install Slackware on its own (wiping out PCLinuxOS) or do you mean install Slackware and keep PCLinuxOS. Either is possible.

You also have to look at partitioning. At the moment you have sda1 (primary bootable partition), sda2 (extended partition which the logical partitions live in) and sda6 (logical partition) this would suggest you also have a partition sda5 which is probably swap.

If you are wanting just Slackware, boot you computer with the disk in the drive and follow the instructions on screen. When you get an opportunity to partition use cfdisk to look at your partitions. You can still leave at this point having made no changes.


You could use your partitions like this
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sda1 /
sda5 SWAP
sda6 /home
If you are not comfortable with the command line, keep using PCLinuxOS for a while to get used to it, then try again. I started with Mandrake, then Debian before coming to Slackware, in fact most of the people on this forum probably started with the, so called, user friendly distributions before migrating to Slackware.

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Old 01-24-2010, 11:18 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=samac;3837455]Your word "over" is confusing the issue. Do you mean that you wish to install Slackware on its own (wiping out PCLinuxOS) or do you mean install Slackware and keep PCLinuxOS. Either is possible.

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I was installing on top of PCLinuxOS. I was responding with a long letter and lost it somehow. Simple reply: I really need to read more of the book "Linux for Dummies". I'm having difficulty with primary/logical and whether bootable should be on the other partitions. Nothing has been mentioned about NOT to assigned bootable to the other partitions, except the primary. That much I got. I could not get the / (for root) and /home to the partition as mentioned. Also I did not have and still don't have a swap partition set. Can I go back into PCLinux and make one now? During the booting of PCLinuxOS, I notice the reference to i586...just wondering if it should be i686 on this newer computer?

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Old 01-24-2010, 11:39 AM   #4
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If you're installing over top of pclinux2007 then use the partitioning tool that comes with your Slackware installation CD/DVD. Log in as root after you've booted with the Slackware installation CD/DVD. Then you can use cfdisk to see what partitions that you have on your HD. If you wish to only use Slackware then use cfdisk to remove your pclinux2007 partitions.

# cfdisk /dev/sda

You need to at least create a swap partition, type 82, and a root partition /, type 83 linux. I usually create a separate home partition, mounted as /home, type 83. You don't need to mark the root partition as bootable. When you've created your partitions in cfdisk then select write to save your changes. Next you type setup at the command prompt and continue with the installation. Enable your swap partition then continue....

P.S. I would check out the slackbook @ slackbook.org. Good luck!

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Old 01-25-2010, 07:52 PM   #5
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Unhappy Over and over again!

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If you're installing over top of pclinux2007 then use the partitioning tool that comes with your Slackware installation CD/DVD. Log in as root after you've booted with the Slackware installation CD/DVD. Then you can use cfdisk to see what partitions that you have on your HD. If you wish to only use Slackware then use cfdisk to remove your pclinux2007 partitions.

# cfdisk /dev/sda

You need to at least create a swap partition, type 82, and a root partition /, type 83 linux. I usually create a separate home partition, mounted as /home, type 83. You don't need to mark the root partition as bootable. When you've created your partitions in cfdisk then select write to save your changes. Next you type setup at the command prompt and continue with the installation. Enable your swap partition then continue....

P.S. I would check out the slackbook @ slackbook.org. Good luck!
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Okay, I tried one more time...this time I got to the command prompt. Logged in as root. Then could not get anywhere from there. Is Slackware just text-based? I did not find the "book" that helpful or I just don't understand most of the terms. Without a gui I feel lost. Again, I reinstalled PCLinuxOS. Thank you.
 
Old 01-25-2010, 08:03 PM   #6
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Hi,

The Slackware 'setup' uses 'ncurses' which is straight forward. All the operations have a explanation which is self describing.

As for after the setup and you boot into the new install you will need to use the 'root or superuser' password that you assigned during setup.

Once logged in you should create a 'normal' user for everyday operations. As a user you can 'su' or 'sudo' for root privileges to make system configurations or changes.

Take a look at SlackwareŽ Basics if SlackwareŽ Essentials isn't helping. Plus you can do some searching here on the Slackware forum since your not the first newbie in this situation. You'll find loads of threads to aid or enlighten.

BTW, if your wanting 'X' and things are configured properly then just issue the command 'startx' from the cli.

Just a few links to aid you;

SlackwareŽ Essentials
SlackwareŽ Basics
Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide
LinuxSelfHelp
Getting Started with Linux
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Home Networking
Virtualiation- Top 10


The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:20 PM   #7
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Okay, I tried one more time...this time I got to the command prompt. Logged in as root. Then could not get anywhere from there. Is Slackware just text-based? I did not find the "book" that helpful or I just don't understand most of the terms. Without a gui I feel lost. Again, I reinstalled PCLinuxOS. Thank you.
The set-up program in Slackware is text based. I understand. PCLinux is a good distro. If you feel like digging deeper and learning how to manually partition your HD we will be here to help you. This site may help you to become more comfortable at a command-line prompt on your PCLinux box. Then some more of the terms in the Slackbook will start to make sense to you.

http://linuxcommand.org/
 
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