I recently downloaded and burned install cd's for slackware 8.1 from two different mirrors; one from Norway and the other from PSU. I attempted an install to a clean hard drive on with both cd's with the same result on two different systems; i can't get either of them to boot to the cd rom to start the install.
The first system is a Celeron 600 with a 10Gig IDE hard disk and 32 meg ram. The second is a Compaq Presario 14xl245 notebook with a Celeron 566, a 6Gig hard disk and 128 meg ram.
I found, copied and used rawrite to create the bare.i bootdisk as well as the no_kbd.i bootdisk (for the Celeron processors) and the color.gz rootdisk. I also made a PCMCIA supplemental disk for PCMCIA support for the laptop.
Initially i just tried to put the cd rom into the drive and boot to the cd as I've done in the past with RedHat and Mandrake distro's but got nothin'. I did a little research and made the boot and root disks and gave it a try again.
I am able to boot to both the bare.i and no_kbd.i bootdisks. At the "boot:" prompt I hit enter. When prompted I remove the bootdisk and put the rootdisk color.gz in and hit enter. At that point I get:
RAMDISK: Minix filesystem found at block 0
RAMDISK: loading 3733 blocks [3 disks] into ram disk...done disk #1
Please insert disk #2 anad press ENTER
What disk #2?!
?! I only have one disk color.gz. So I do the responsible thing and just hit enter again without any more tedious research.
Loading disk #2...done disk #2
Please insert disk #3 and press ENTER.
What the hell, it worked the first time, so I try it again!
Loading disk #3...done.
MINIX-fs: mounting unchecked file system, running fsck is recommended.
VFS: Mounted root (minix filesystem).
Freeing unused kernnel memory: 68k freed
init: error in loading shared libraries: libc.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
I have tried a utility called DOSSLACK as well, but with no success. Once I boot to the dosslack disk all paths seem to lead to an inevitable:
WILL NOT WORK IN THIS BETA RELEASE
Have a nice day!
If there is anyone out there with a similar problem or a fix, I would be really greatful. I have installed RedHat and Mandrake a couple of times without all this drama. There must be something simple or stupid that I am overlooking ( but not my BIOS settings, both systems will boot to cd with other OS's). Anyway, thanks for the consideration.