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Old 12-19-2002, 06:00 PM   #1
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Problem Installing/Booting Slack on Older Machine


I have a P200 machine with a 4x CDROM drive. The BIOS says it can boot from the CD, but it's not working for the Slack 8.1 CDROM I have, which doesn't seem to have root disks on it (?).
I went to the FTP and downloaded boot (bare.i) and root (color.gz) images for floppies, and used rawritexp on an XP machine to write them to floppy. When I boot the boot floppy, everything's fine, and it asks for the root disk, on which it recognizes a compressed image, and starts to load it into RAM. However, after a few minutes, it just seems to time out or stop, and sits there at a
blinking prompt.
I did notice that the color.gz file is well over 1.44MB, but rawrite did not complain about the size.
Any ideas??
Thanks!
 
Old 12-19-2002, 08:06 PM   #2
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If anyone else needs it, here's a solution to this problem:
http://www.userlocal.com/dosslack/
Figures... I go over the 100-post mark by ansering my own question...
 
Old 12-26-2002, 10:57 PM   #3
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The slackware disks have little snippets of code in them that get corrupted if you download using a browser like Netscape. This is because the browser thinks it's downloading a text file. If you use a ftp program and set it to binary transfer, the code will come through unchanged and uncorrupted. Not sure if this is your problem, but it's the only thing I can think of.

Hope this helps
 
Old 12-27-2002, 08:47 AM   #4
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Could be... I noticed the same thing happened when I downloaded the DOSSlack "boot" disk file as well, which was .tgz. I ended up copying the compressed file directly to the floppy, instead of extracting it first, and it worked! Strange, but true!
 
  


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