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Old 09-12-2002, 06:22 AM   #1
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I would like to ask couple of questions before I install Slack 8.1


First of all I have the cd and I have burned it. I have read the documentation in the Slackware site. But I have couple of questions:

1) I have / and /swap partitions already (from Redhat). Is there a way that I would not have to use fdisk - I mean could I just start the setup program and install the slackware to these partitions without fidling with Fdisk?

2) About the kernel. I don't quite understand the kernel documentation about the part where you choose the kernel. Am I supposed to choose "skip" if I am not an expert? Or am I supposed to choose the kernel from the cd?

Everything else should be quite clear to me. I just wan't to make sure about these things so I wouldn't completely ruin anything.

Thank You.
 
Old 09-12-2002, 06:53 AM   #2
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1) Yes you can choose the partitions, to make my life easier I used partition magic to create the partitions (in windows) and slackware had no problems using these. Just select the partitions when you get to the setup phase of the installation.

2) If you use any USB devices and have a ide system use the usb.i kernal, or for scsi use the usb.s
If you don't use USB or don't want the modules installed use bare.i or bare.s for IDE and SCSI respectivly
 
Old 09-12-2002, 07:05 AM   #3
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Thank you. I would like to ask couple more things that I just realized.

3)I have the lilo on mbr (dev/hda) where winblow is installed(this situation now with Redhat). Am I still able to write the lilo to mbr with slackware(the guide says something that It could ruin window nt booting)

4) Those partitions that I mentioned earlier are full of stuff. So do I just choose them in the setup program and slackware formats them and installs it stuff there?

5) Even If I don't use usb atm is is ok to select the usb.s kernel(to have compatibility even if I don't need it right now) ?
 
Old 09-12-2002, 07:15 AM   #4
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3) Lilo installs just fine on the MBR - I use this in a dual boot with XP, the config is done during installation. The auto lilo install option didn't work for me but the expert mode is simple - you just select the name of the partition and the label you want to call it (don't include any spaces in the labels), and if you're dual booting select the option to wait an unlimited time so a menu will be displayed.
EDIT: if it doens't work properly and you can't get to windows load a dos startup disk end enter the command FDISK /MBR - this will re-write the windows MBR. Make sure you make a boot disk in case lilo doesn't work

4) The partitions will be formatted when you select them during the install and the os installed on them

5) Yeh the usb.s kernel (NOTE: this is the one for SCSI and USB - if you have IDE harddisks use usb.i) will just initialise the USB on your motherboard at startup - it doesn't matter if you don't have anything attached.

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Old 09-12-2002, 07:25 AM   #5
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and it is ok for the the / partition to be like 8G? or does the root partition have to be enough small to fit on the first 1024 cylinder?
 
Old 09-12-2002, 07:42 AM   #6
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I'm not 100% sure but if it worked ok in RedHat it should be ok with Slack, I use a few partitions so I can keep settings when I upgrade and haven't tried a partition as big as 8G. If you want to be sure try and get hold of partition magic for windows and insert a small partiton at the start of your harddisk with the label /boot - that's where the kernel etc is stored
 
Old 09-12-2002, 10:22 AM   #7
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If you have new version of lilo, or lilo installed in mbr the partition doesnt need to include cylinder 1024. In other words you're setup is fine.
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