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Old 07-02-2003, 10:06 AM   #1
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problem installing slackware 8.1 - fstab nonexistent


Hello, i wanted to start with saying that Im pretty much a ms fool (since 1990), but a week ago i got tired of defragmentating/scandisk'ing/reinstalling/formatting/smashingmykeyboardintopieces just to get some work done on windows. Thats when I decided to get linux.

I have tried a lot this week to get slackware installed but it keeps giving me errors, now ive had my bit of "trial and error" wich brought me to the point where the setup said :

" Your source device cannot be accessed properly.
Please be sure that it is mounted on /var/log/mount/slakware
and that the slackware disks are found in the sub-directories of /var/log/mount/slakware. "

After I press enter it also says 5 times :

*some dirs*/setup : cannot create mnt/etc/fstab: directory nonexistent

I know it has to do something with the last but I really cant figure it out, so maybe u guys could help me?
I will try to explain everything i know :


Ive made an ext2 and a swap partition, my ext2 partition is primary and between fat32 C: and D: and the swap is after D:

Ive downloaded the files - loadlin.exe, color.gz and bzimage from bare.i ( or no_kdb.i, i dont remember tho )
then i go to dos and type

c:>loadlin bzimage rw root=/dev/ram initrd=color.gz load_ramdisk=1

everything goes well, then most of the time I try to mount my cdrom and my linux partition incase it goes wrong

I try to mount my linux partition by typing
# mount -t ext2 /dev/hda3 /mnt
this seems to work allright but I actually dont have a clue if it worked

but when I try to mount my cdrom in a lot of different ways, it keeps saying "mount point ... does not exist"
I tried stuff like
# mount -t iso9660 -o ro /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
# mount -t iso9660 -o ro /dev/cdrom /cdrom
# mount /mnt/cdrom
and all kind of stuff I found in the book on slackware.org

Now Im pretty sure mounting my cdrom and linux partition isn't the answer since the setup does this already, My wildest guess that its a newb problem having to do with me forgetting something, i just cant figure it out why the fstab does not exist or doesnt work, or should i make the fstab myself?

I dont know what more I have to add but im 100% sure my pII can run linux

I really hope u guys could help me
(btw my explorer has crashed 4 times while i was writing this in notepad...)

p.s. rtfm will do if is too stupid... ( ive read a lot of manuals and faqs tho )

Im sorry for double posting but nobody seems te reply in the newbie forum so I hoped maybe u guys know my problem
 
Old 07-02-2003, 10:10 AM   #2
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If you have the CD, you might as well install from it (boot with the CD), instead of installing via DOS/Windows.

Believe me it's much easier
 
Old 07-02-2003, 10:11 AM   #3
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ow btw i wanted to reply after i read masterJ's problem wich seemed to be almost the same (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=69300)

I also have a ATAPI cdrom and its set on IDE2 slave (my burner that isnt auto detected by my bios is on the primary, its pr9obly broken i guess)
 
Old 07-02-2003, 10:12 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by Azmeen
If you have the CD, you might as well install from it (boot with the CD), instead of installing via DOS/Windows.

Believe me it's much easier
the cd is not bootable
 
Old 07-02-2003, 10:16 AM   #5
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Quote:
the cd is not bootable
Where did you get the cd? Or do you mean that you comp can't boot from cd?
 
Old 07-02-2003, 10:19 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by quietguy47
Where did you get the cd? Or do you mean that you comp can't boot from cd?
the cd was made by a friend of mine, he didnt make the cd bootable, ive set my 1st boot device as CDROM in bios, so if it was bootable it should boot it.
My problem, is my internet connection is worse then 56k ( its cable tho) so i cant download slackware myself, also my burner seems to be broken so i cant burn it myself neither
 
Old 07-02-2003, 10:19 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by Iznogood
the cd is not bootable
If you got the ISO from the Slack website (or mirrors) then it should be bootable.

If you are having problems with your CD-ROM drive being slave (and your probably spoilt CD burner, I assume is the IDE2 master), maybe you should remove the burner prior to installation, and set your CD-ROM drive as master.

Believe me, it's worth more than enduring the unending head/heartaches installing from Win/DOS!
 
Old 07-02-2003, 10:24 AM   #8
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Just from what has been said, I know what the problem is.
I actually discovered this myself when I installed slack for the first time a
few days ago.

During installation Slack mounts your soon to be root drive in /mnt so if you
try to mount anything else there the root partition can't be mounted there and
setup actually writes the fs into whatever is there.

The fix is to create a different mount point for the cdrom -- my fav being
/cdrom -- and install from there, then everything should be happy happy joy
joy.

HTH
 
Old 07-02-2003, 10:48 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by knute
Just from what has been said, I know what the problem is.
I actually discovered this myself when I installed slack for the first time a
few days ago.

During installation Slack mounts your soon to be root drive in /mnt so if you
try to mount anything else there the root partition can't be mounted there and
setup actually writes the fs into whatever is there.

The fix is to create a different mount point for the cdrom -- my fav being
/cdrom -- and install from there, then everything should be happy happy joy
joy.

HTH
So what should i type exactly? Ive tried
# mount -t iso9660 -o ro /dev/cdrom /cdrom
but it says mount point does not exist, or am I typing it in the wrong order? Also how do I install it from there? Sorry for this but im really a newb that isnt too good in english aswell

Ive just removed my burner and put my cdrom on ide2 master and also tried to mount it but the setup nor the mount worked.

I really dont want to bother u nice guys too much so my last question is : If i would get a bootable slackware cd (by buying it or something) would my problem be solved?
 
Old 07-02-2003, 11:08 AM   #10
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If your cdrom drive is IDE2 slave, then you'll have better luck trying:

mount -t iso9660 -o ro /dev/hdb2 /cdrom
 
Old 07-02-2003, 11:09 AM   #11
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Try this

Ok before you can mount a device somewhere you need to create the directory.
so in order to put /dev/cdrom on /cdrom the /cdrom directory must exist.

Code:
mkdir /cdrom
mount -t io9660 /dev/cdrom /cdrom
should be all that it takes to set it up (assuming that /dev/cdrom is setup
correctly to begin with).

HTH
 
Old 07-02-2003, 03:21 PM   #12
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I found Zipslack very easy to install under Windows, and everything is prepared for you. You can install it then move it to an ext2 partition. If you have it on your CD you can use it, or you may have to download it. It's only about 40 megs so it probably would be easier than downloading the CD image. When I installed Slackware I downloaded the CD image, but it wouldn't fit on my 650 Mb disk. I installed Zipslack then in Windows used a virtual cdrom program to copy all the packages on the CD image onto a folder on my Windows partition. Then I installed them from Zipslack. Later I moved everything to an ext2
partition. It may be faster to move the Zipslack installation to your ext2 partiton then install the packages. Since you already have Slackware on a CD you may not have to to copy the packages to your harddrive (but it might be easier). The instructions for moving Zipslack to an ext2 partition are included with it.
 
  


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