LinuxQuestions.org
Register a domain and help support LQ
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Password
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 10-19-2004, 08:43 PM   #1
ArchiMark
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Silicon Valley
Distribution: Debian/Linux Mint/Archbang/Angstrom
Posts: 79

Rep: Reputation: 15
Proper Boot Option: Root For Floppy Install -Libretto110CT


Hi,

Trying to install Slack10 on my ol' Libretto 110CT subnote....

Using external PCMCIA Toshiba floppy drive and an external PCMCIA EXP 2400P CDRW/DVD drive.

Problem with ol' Librettos is you can't boot up with CD drives only floppy or hard drive...

Also, don't have a desktop PC to temporalily install hard drive in and to install Slack onto it that way....

Made boot floppies:

Disk 1: scsi2.s
Disk 2: Install.1
Disk 3: Install.2
Disk 4: PCMCIA.DSK

Can boot into first part of install OK with Disk 1. Asks what boot options I want if any.

First time I tried, I just typed scsi2.s. After a bunch of text, good error message that said I needed to specify boot option with 'root=xxxx'....

So tried entering: scsi2.s mount root=/dev/hda1

This was a suggestion listed after the error message...

Again, got same error message....

So, would greatly appreciate if someone could advise as to:

1) Was 'scsi2.s' a good choice for boot disk?

2) If not, what would you recommend?

3) What should I enter for the boot option???

4) Any other suggestions??

Thanks for any advice!

Mark
 
Old 11-04-2004, 11:00 PM   #2
ArchiMark
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Silicon Valley
Distribution: Debian/Linux Mint/Archbang/Angstrom
Posts: 79

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Well, since no one responded to my previous post, decided to try hard drive install instead...

Copied over Slackware CD over to my WindowsXP 'C' drive.

Booted up with Win98SE floppy boot disk into DOS.

Typed:

loadlin bzimage root=/dev/ram initrd=initrd.img rw load_ramdisk=10000

Get lots of text displayed then....

'Kernel Panic: VFS: Unable to mount rootfs on 01:00'

Anyone have any suggestions???

Again, problem with old Libretto is that you can't boot from CD....
Also, don't have another PC to put hard drive into to install onto either....

Appreciate any help PLEASE!

Thanks,

Mark
 
Old 11-05-2004, 10:30 AM   #3
ArchiMark
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Silicon Valley
Distribution: Debian/Linux Mint/Archbang/Angstrom
Posts: 79

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Decided to try install from boot floppy again....

tried using bare.i and lowmem.i boot floppies...

Problems with both...

bare.i boot floppy:

kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k block-major-2, erno=2
VFS: Insert root floppy disk to be loaded into RAM and press ENTER

(Inserted PCMCIA root floppy and pressed ENTER)

kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k block-major-2, erno=2
VFS: Cannot open root device "fd0u1440" or 02:00
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel Panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 02:00


Similar problem with lowmem.i boot floppy....

Would REALLY APPRECIATE some input please...

Thanks!

Mark
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how to install lino in root dir from floppy? (slackware10) lfx4linux Linux - Newbie 2 03-13-2005 10:55 AM
FC3: No option to create boot floppy during install haertig Fedora 2 12-06-2004 12:08 AM
install: cant boot from cd, no floppy! frizzo Linux - Laptop and Netbook 5 05-14-2004 09:19 AM
Floppy disk fail to boot when install suse 8 with boot from floppy ffang Linux - Newbie 0 08-18-2003 08:44 PM
Install via network boot option davee Linux - Networking 3 07-30-2003 08:06 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:34 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration