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Old 09-15-2004, 09:24 PM   #1
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Help me leave the dark side...

Look. I have been a MS junkie for the last 10 yrs. I dissed linux as an OS for losers. I have seen the err in my way. I now understand how powerful linux is! I have an old pc I loaded with win 98. the fucking os was so slow and weak, i ditched it. I wanna use slackware now. I know u are gonna be thinking, what a dumbass! I would really appreciate if someone could help me to the end though. Here are the specs:

Dell Pentium 90.
64 mb EDRAM
5 gig hard disk
bios doesn't recognize or boot from cd-rom(mitsushita), so i have to use a driver floppy that only loads on dos.

Here is what I have done so far:

Made boot disk(works) and Root Disk 1( works), but root disk 2 is corrupted(working on it). But I still reach the kernal prompt. I used bare.i boot disk. How do I go from there? Thanx! Gmail invites to those who help!
Old 09-15-2004, 09:28 PM   #2
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This link should help =)
Old 09-15-2004, 10:04 PM   #3
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Umhhh, I am using install.1 and install.1 for root disks, yet it mentions color.gz. I checked it out, but it is 2.5 mb. So should I just partition with install.1? also, how do I see if it recognizes my cd-rom drive.
Old 09-16-2004, 04:32 PM   #4
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Now there is what is usually a good way to sidestep all the root floppy problems you encounter when trying to make linux install floppies. In the /rootdisks directory of Slackware 10.0 there is a floppy image named sbootmgr.dsk. If you write this image to a floppy like you did the boot disk, you can usually use it to boot from a cdrom drive even if your computer's BIOS does not support that. It has worked very well for me in the past. Just put this floppy in your floppy drive and the Slackware Install Disk 1 in your CDROM drive, boot from the floppy, and select the CDROM to boot from in the boot menu the floppy will give you (it will not show the CDROM as an option unless you have a disk in the drive to boot from).
Old 09-16-2004, 04:50 PM   #5
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i agree...
boxed distros come with such a floppy to boot the cdrom

sidenote: you *might* also look into flashing your bios (if possible)


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