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Hi, first time poster, not the most experienced in linux period, and definately new to linux on the PC, So for starters let me say that I really like Slackware's layout, and how it is not bloated. As I learn more about it I may even try to port it to PPC.
Onto the question now. I, just yesterday, downloaded ZipSlack 10.1 and installed it onto my girlfriend's laptop. A hitachi Notebook-E 700 MB Hard Drive with 8 Megs of ram and a P1 100 Mhz processor. Now previous to this I installed ZipSlack 7.1 and copied over to a ext2 partition and installed Lilo. Everything on that works fine. But I am trying to get the new ZipSlack so I can take advantage of the newer kernel for one, so I don't have to cocmpile it on that 100 mhz processor. And second the newer Glibc, for the same reason.
I am not able to boot into it, afetr I enter the linux directory in DOS, type linux, and the kernel boots p[ast about ten messages, I think the last one I see is it starting INIT level 4 and then spitting out a bunch of "cannot initiate '/sbin/agetty' messages, and then something about processes respawning too fast, and timeout for 5 minutes, and then it happens again.
Now as I said I do have another ZipSlack installation that I have expanded on /dev/hda2 which I can boot into from lilo. So I did that and mounted the linux directory from hda1 to mnt. chroot mnt and removed some packages, such as USB and bsd-games and Hotplug (since I think this is a usb thing) I do not have usb, so that's why I removed them.
I will keep googling for stuff, maybe a way to upgrade directly from 7.1 to 10.1, but any and all responses are Welcomed.
Sorry -7.1 just won't upgrade to even 8.0.
The errors about init and respawning -those all come from a corruption that occurs during unzipping. Make sure it's a real FAT32 partition, best formatted with win98 bootdisk, unzip DIRECTLY where it will run from unless BOTH partitions are FAT32. DOS-based or other 16-bit unzip tools will not work.
If you get it properly unzipped, you could 'migrate' it as you did with 7.1 -even before running it. Then use a boot disk to boot it and install the new lilo. -I doubt that lilo from 7.1 will boot your 10.1's 2.4 kernel.