install from Zipslack without floppy or cdrom?
I have an older laptop with two 324MB pcmcia drives running Windows 95 and Zipslack from the left drive (C: or /dev/hda). Zipslack names the left one /dev/hda and the right one /dev/hdc. It does not recognize /dev/hdc until well into runlevel 3. Zipslack is running on /dev/hda and is started with LOADLIN after a Windows 95 boot. There are 43MB free on /dev/hda. I have a few extra drives.
There is no floppy or cdrom, just a serial port and parallel port. I downloaded Zipslack over a modem connection. The modem is the only way to get data in or out of this machine that I am aware of.
My goal for this machine is to learn command line, vi, and how to install programs. I would like to eventually add Xwindows and fluxgate. I would also like to get Windows off of the hard drive.
I tried formatting /dev/hdc and copying all linux directories into /dev/hdc, as suggested in the Zipslack FAQ. My thought was to copy everything over, run lilo, and then pull the disks out and switch the linux disk over to the /dev/hda position. When I did this, it would not boot, with the error: No Operating System. I do not have a floppy disk drive or CDROM to boot from, and have not been able to figure out how to get lilo to prepare /dev/hdc to be /dev/hda after running lilo.
Is there a way to make a bootable drive with this system?
Is there a way to config Lilo to prepare the /dev/hdc drive to boot as /dev/hda?
Could I download a new bootable image of slackware to /dev/hdc and then pull the /dev/hdc drive and switch it over to the drive location on the /dev/hda side?
If I download an iso to a hard drive will it boot?
Last edited by bigwheel; 02-13-2005 at 10:57 AM.