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Distribution: i have used ubuntu, but want to switch to slackware (ubuntu is too user friendly).
how to install slackware from a usb drive
so i tried to copy the contents of the slackware iso onto the usb, then
i went and renamed the isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg
then i downloaded the syslinux zip from kernel.org
then i navigated to the syslinux folder that i downloaded, and into win32 (...\syslinux\win32) and ran "syslinux.exe K:" in the commandprompt.
when i try to boot my usb to install, it tells me that there is no media to use.
is there another way to do this or am i doing it wrong?
i need to get slackware on my laptop and my burner crapped out.
there are several ways to do this, some have scripts, etc
but this is how I do it, and I dont have windows so do it from your Ubuntu install or any livecd that has syslinux and a fat32 usb
first get a app called isomaster from ubuntu repos or whatever distro you have
open a terminal and become root (su + password)
type in isomaster, when it opens find the slackware cd/dvd and open it with isomaster
extract the initrd.img, kernel (/kernels/hugesmp.s/bzImage) and isolinux.cfg from the iso to usb
(if you dont have isomaster just mount the iso somewhere and copy kernel/initrd/isolinux.cfg to somewhere)
mount -o loop /tmp/slackware.iso /tmp/iso
cp -r /tmp/iso/isolinux/isolinux.cfg /media/disk
cp -r /tmp/iso/isolinux/initrd.img /media/disk
cp -r /tmp/iso/kernels/hugesmp.s/bzImage /media/disk
rename isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg
edit syslinux.cfg and make it like this
run syslinux.exe K: (my usb drive) to put ldlinux.sys on my usb drive
and then when i put my usb into my laptop and try to boot it it says theres no bottable media?
so i realized i had to rename the usb drive to slack
but then when i boot with my laptop it says pxe broadcom, media test failure, then it says no bootable devices.
so what must i be doing wrong?
do i have to use usbboot.img?
do i have to extract the slackware iso and put the actual folders on the usb drive?
ive noticed that when i did that there was no bzimage in the usb drive, im gonna add that file in right now and see what happens; edit i cant do that because it says there no room it says there is only 23mb on my usb drive when it really is 3.8 gigs, but when i reformat it it goes back to 3.8 gigs total.