Installing Slackware with non-bootable CD or bootable floppy (but not both)
I have an old TwinHead laptop (circa 1992?) specification Pentium 90, 48Mb RAM, 2Gb hard disk (whoohoo! - all non-upgradable of course :() This was running Windows 95 but I thought it was a prime candidate for running office applications under Slackware especially with a lightweight X-Server.
The problem is...
It has a single slot for either floppy/CD BUT I don't have the original cable for connecting the floppy drive to the parallel port. Also, it doesn't support booting from the CD.
I do have an old parallel port ZIP Drive so downloaded ZipSlack and got that booting OK.
I would like to partition the hard disk as
/dev/hda1 1.8Gb mounted as / (formatted as ext3)
/dev/hda2 192Mb swap space
1) If there a way of me installing ZipSlack onto the hard disk (as, in effect, a cutdown Slackware release) so I could then upgrade to 'full' Slackware via RPMs?
2) The only other way I could think of doing it was to use something like FreeDOS and then:
i) Create a 1.4Gb + 640Mb FAT partitions
ii) Make /dev/hda1 a bootable DOS partition (yuk!)
iii) Copy the Slackware files onto /dev/hda2 under DOS (from the CD)
iV) Use LOADLIN to run the Slackware installer (would that work?) and repartition the 640Mb partition as swap + disk space after installing Linux..
Any other ideas (preferably not using DOS...)
Make linux partition.
Boot Zipslack. Format new partition ('mke2fs /dev/hda1' ?). Copy Zipslack to new partition:
Boot newslack w/lilo with cdrom plugged in.
Mount cdrom in zipslack:
mount /dev/hdc[<-cdrom device goes here] /mnt/cdrom
Go in and install all the packages (example for just the 'a' group):
installpkg /mnt/cdrom/[where the packages are]/a/*.tgz
there is a program you can install that allows you to choose what to boot from. search google for smart boot manager.
its a program and once it is installed when you boot you get a menu so you can select what to boot like harddrive floppy or cdrom.
i cant boot from my cdrom on my laptop either. this is the way i do it.
choose cdrom and install.
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