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Old 06-29-2004, 03:04 AM   #1
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boot disk editing for slack 10.0


i installed slackware onto a hard drive, but the computer that i installed it with had no floppy drive, so i was unable to create a boot disk.

after looking through the slackware cd, i was able to create a boot disk using RAWRITE.EXE and the bare.i image. when i boot from this floppy, i get the "boot:" prompt and i enter "mount root=/dev/hda1". the boot disk does not seem to be able to boot from my new root. it recognizes all of my hardware, but then asks me to "Insert root floppy disk to be loaded into RAM disk"

is there a file on the floppy i can edit so that it will load my installed root?
is this problem because i installed slackware onto the hard drive on a different computer than the one i am trying to use it on?

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Old 06-29-2004, 03:28 AM   #2
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Yeah, syslinux.cfg
change the default line.
What kind of hard drive, IDE or SCSI?
 
Old 06-29-2004, 03:44 AM   #3
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IDE

do i just have to change the "root=/dev/fd0u1440" to "root=/dev/hda1"?

that doesnt seem to change anything. i still get the same message

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Old 06-29-2004, 04:02 AM   #4
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Yeah, you can turn off the RAMDISK also.
 
Old 06-29-2004, 04:09 AM   #5
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how do i turn off the ram disk? i tried just deleting the ramdisk part of the default line, but i still get the same message


also, the last 3 lines of the syslinux file are as follows
Code:
label mount
  kernel vmlinuz
  append ramdisk_size=7000 ro
it looks like the line was finished prematurely. i have made 2 disks and both turn out like this, is that normal?

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Old 06-29-2004, 06:49 AM   #6
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Post the whole syslinux.cfg, please.

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Old 06-29-2004, 10:47 AM   #7
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this is the original unaltered syslinux.cfg:

Code:
default vmlinuz ramdisk_size=7000 root=/dev/fd0u1440 vga=normal rw SLACK_KERNEL=bare.i
prompt 1
timeout 6000
display message.txt
F1 f1.txt
F2 message.txt
#F3 f3.txt
#F4 f4.txt
#F5 f5.txt
#F6 f6.txt
#F7 f7.txt
label ramdisk
  kernel vmlinuz
  append vmlinuz ramdisk_size=7000 root=/dev/fd0u1440 vga=normal rw SLACK_KERNEL=bare.i
label mount
  kernel vmlinuz
  append ramdisk_size=7000 ro
 
Old 06-29-2004, 04:05 PM   #8
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change the entry to root=/dev/hda1 and change rw to ro
 
Old 06-29-2004, 10:27 PM   #9
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nope, still no go. theres probably something else wrong with teh install, thanks for your help
 
  


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