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Old 02-07-2007, 11:55 AM   #1
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Attempting install without floppy


I made it through the install (via CDs) without incident. When time to configure, however, the setup utility locked-up attempting to access the boot floppy. This is understandable because I have no floppy drive. Is there a way to fix this without starting over from scratch?

Thank you!

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Old 02-07-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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I made it through the install (via CDs) without incident. When time to configure, however, the setup utility locked-up attempting to access the boot floppy. This is understandable because I have no floppy drive. Is there a way to fix this without starting over from scratch?

Thank you!

--rsilkens
Hi,

Just don't create a boot floppy. If that is where you hang. You could goto another console to kill the process.

If you are using the kernel from the boot cd then select that one. If this is where you are hanging.

Really, to little information! My crystal ball is cracked therefore looking over your shoulder, everything is broke.

You need to provide detailed information.
 
Old 02-07-2007, 09:35 PM   #3
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Hi,

Just don't create a boot floppy. If that is where you hang. You could goto another console to kill the process.

If you are using the kernel from the boot cd then select that one. If this is where you are hanging.

Really, to little information! My crystal ball is cracked therefore looking over your shoulder, everything is broke.

You need to provide detailed information.
I was trying to avoid providing too much information, but I see I erred on the other side. Okay, I downloaded the CD set and proceeded through the setup--all without a boot floppy. The software installed with no problems. Once this was completed, the setup utility gave me the option to use the kernal that I booted into, (as well as several other options that didn't look as attractive to someone new to Slackware). I chose to use the same kernel that I booted-up. Unfortunately, the utility looked to the floppy device (fd0), which was not available. The setup utility froze-up, and I was unable to exit or pull up a console. Eventually, I just rebooted.

Not knowing how to resume where I left off, I went through the entire procedure again (formatting, setup utility, etc.). This time around, the utility did not prompt me for the location of the kernel, it simply went to the floppy/boot drive option and again froze. Again, I could do nothing, so I eventually rebooted.

I have two questions: 1) Is there any way that I can resume the installation where I left-off? 2)If I do have to begin again from scratch, how do I avoid the same mistake (given that I have no floppy drive)?

Thank you for your help!
 
Old 02-08-2007, 08:52 AM   #4
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I was trying to avoid providing too much information, but I see I erred on the other side. Okay, I downloaded the CD set and proceeded through the setup--all without a boot floppy. The software installed with no problems. Once this was completed, the setup utility gave me the option to use the kernal that I booted into, (as well as several other options that didn't look as attractive to someone new to Slackware). I chose to use the same kernel that I booted-up. Unfortunately, the utility looked to the floppy device (fd0), which was not available. The setup utility froze-up, and I was unable to exit or pull up a console. Eventually, I just rebooted.

Not knowing how to resume where I left off, I went through the entire procedure again (formatting, setup utility, etc.). This time around, the utility did not prompt me for the location of the kernel, it simply went to the floppy/boot drive option and again froze. Again, I could do nothing, so I eventually rebooted.

I have two questions: 1) Is there any way that I can resume the installation where I left-off? 2)If I do have to begin again from scratch, how do I avoid the same mistake (given that I have no floppy drive)?

Thank you for your help!
Hi,

Maybe you should look at How to Ask Questions the Smart Way.

You should have been able to switch from the current console with the alt + F(n) (where n is 1-6), the Alt+F1 would be your current setup console.

As for starting the install over, just reboot using the install cd. After the boot you could go through the install again but be certain to select the kernel from the cdrom to install. If you want to just install a kernel then use 'pkgtool' to run the desired script. If you want to use the install from a directory then you will need to create a mount point and then mount the device with the kernel to copy.

The floppy should not be detected if not present. If the drive is not physically there then check your BIOS to make sure the device is disabled. Slackware should not enable a device that is not detected.

Another question is about the cd media, if you downloaded and burned the iso then what about the md5sum of the original iso? Get the md5sum of the original download then run a md5sum for that iso. A bad iso could be the problem.
 
Old 02-08-2007, 06:18 PM   #5
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Hi,

Maybe you should look at How to Ask Questions the Smart Way.
This is a great guide that I think we could all benefit from reviewing occasionally.

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You should have been able to switch from the current console with the alt + F(n) (where n is 1-6), the Alt+F1 would be your current setup console.
I did not attempt this, but I will put it on a sticky note right on the front of my computer.

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The floppy should not be detected if not present. If the drive is not physically there then check your BIOS to make sure the device is disabled. Slackware should not enable a device that is not detected.
This was a great suggestion and right on point. I have now disabled the floppy controller in the bios.

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Another question is about the cd media, if you downloaded and burned the iso then what about the md5sum of the original iso? Get the md5sum of the original download then run a md5sum for that iso. A bad iso could be the problem.
I had run the md5sum prior to burning (which was done on a different computer). You got me thinking about my cdrom drive on my linux box, however, and I realized that I had been having some unusual problems trying to update my Ubuntu distribution via CD. I replaced the drive and was able to update without any issues.

Thanks for all of your help! I'm on to my Slackware install, now.

--rsilkens
 
Old 02-10-2007, 12:42 PM   #6
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Hi,

Glad to hear you got everything up and pretty!

BTW, Welcome to Slackware.
 
  


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