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Ok. I am on Redhat 9.0 right now on an hp pavilion 750n with no modifications except the stripping of XP and putting on RH9. I want to move to slackware because i hear it is faster and more realiable. I just really started using linux and trying to find out how to do things about 3 days ago, so i am new to many things in linux.
Now down to the problem, well not problem, just the thing i need help with. I just downloaded the ISO for slackware and am trying to write it to a cd with X-CD-Roast. Im not sure how to do that. Also all i need is the ISO on a disk and possibly the bootdisk and the rootdisk right? And another also, how do i write the bootdisk and the rootdisk on linux? is see rawrite.exe but that is for windows, or at least .exe is for windows...?
Thanks in advance..
Last edited by NewbGhostShells; 08-25-2003 at 09:26 PM.
Mrp. I am *sure* I have said this a milion times already.
Yes, burn the ISO to a CD. If all is well with your burner it will end up in nice little directories on your CD, and the CD will be bootable, and Slackware will start installing itself all nice-like. If not (if you're stuck with a CD with one file, namely blah.iso), try again, preferably in some other way (I don't know how your particular burner works; maybe someone else does).
Get the bare.i, install.1, and install.2 files from the slackware download site anyway though, and rawrite them to some floppies. That way you'll be ultra prepated: if your CD doesn't boot, you can then boot with bare.i and continue on with install.1 and install.2, followed by the CD as source for the rest of the install.
But really... see that search button in the top right corner? It's quite useful.
Yes, just use RAWRITEXP, it's easiest (has a nice little graphical interface and so on). The image files it asks for are bare.i, install.1, and install.2 (which you of course by this time have already downloaded).
I believe it has only one, but I could be wrong. When I downloaded it it only had GNOME. But I don't really remember if that was because I choose to do it that way, or because that was just the way it came. In any case, you'll have one of the two to get you started, so you should be fine.
Another thing. In linux, im making the boot disks/ root disks and they dont seem to really want to write, i got past the boot disk and the roots after a while but the network and the pcmcia keep screwing up. they keep having input/output errors. It might be just the disks though, how do i clean them with the DD program in linux? because thats what im using for the writing prosess. Or should i use something else? Rawritexp is just for win xp isnt it? i only have redhat..so..?
PS. im doing this for the 's out there like me who will some day benefit from my lack of knowledge..(pfft im just in it for the slackware)
Last edited by NewbGhostShells; 08-26-2003 at 12:15 AM.
If you got the ISO from slackware.com or mirrors, the CD would be bootable. The disk images are actually for those who don't use the bootable CD... eg. those who burnt the Slackware-current packages and want to use that instead of the release version of Slack.
As for your PCMCIA and network problem, it might help if you compile a newer version of the kernel. Most likely it will have better support for your hardware.
what is an SCSI controller anyways? I have something in the KDE 3 thing called control center, says something about an SCSI thing, but its just my cdrw drive. does that mean i have to have a .s boot disk file? bare.i didnt work, scsi.s seemed to work, got me to where it said please insert root disk. I inserted the first one (install.1 or something) and it said:
Ramdisk:comrpessed image found at block 0 (im guessing this is good,came right when the disk was put in)
floppy 0: data CRC error: track 26, head 1, Sector 8, Size 2
floppy 0: data CRC error: track 26, head 1, Sector 8, Size 2
end_request:I/O error.dev 02:00 (floppy), Sector 961 (all this after about half a minute)
CRC error <5>VFS:insert root floppy and press ENTER (after about 20 seconds after the first error thingy)
and then, for the heck of it, i put in the second root disk when it said insert root floppy and press enter and it spit out another error, not like the last one though..
also my computer wont boot cd's, although it is fairly recent, 2001 or 2002..the limited specs are at teh top
Last edited by NewbGhostShells; 08-26-2003 at 02:08 PM.
Did you try using a new set of floppies (perhaps yours are somehow faulty?), and maybe this time try that RAWRITEXP program to write them? And by all means, try some other bootdisks if bare.i doesn't work (scsi.s indeed, but bare.i should work in almost all instances).
P.S. : hmm... it just occured to me you probably took Windows XP completely off of your computer. In that case.... errr.... yeah. just try some new floppies. If all else fails, resort to silly solutions.
Yea i took XP completely off, i have a umm.."hacked" version from a friend but i dont like windows much anymore..but the temptation is growing i swear. and its all because of the Half-Life mod Natural Selection. Damn you video games! Damn you and all your adictiveness. And btw, yea those were already used, i just figured they would work but eh, not the case for any of the disks i got, all were faulty. just got more new ones so i hope they work
Ok i got another problem. the Boot and Root disks work fine (or seem to), but after them i use cfdisk and see that i have 108 mb of free space, hda2 is flagged as boot and primary and set to type linux with 80781 mb of space on it, and hda3 is set to primary and linux swap with 1068 mb on it. not sure whats up with that, i changed some stuff before but not sure if i changed that. then i run setup and i install hda3 as swap, i continue and set /dev/hda2 as my root partition (quick format) using ext2fs, then i get the source off my disk, in /dev/hdc (?) I then full install all the files and when thats done i configure everything and it tells me to reboot with ctrl+alt+del but i tried that for a sec and didnt work, so what the heck i type reboot and its good. now it just goes to a black screen with GRUB in the top left corner and stays there. Not sure what i did wrong... Help?