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It will depend on the amount of RAM you have, the size of your hard drive, etc. This procedure is well-documented on-line:-) Check-out the Slackware book on-line. It describes exactly how to set-up your partitions. The amount of detail required is more than can be written in one post. The process is logical:-) Read the book and get back to us. You will have permission to run fdisk if you're logged on as root.
Milliken, the forums are not a place to provide the step by step instructions you are looking for. We can assist you with specific problems you're having with your install. You really, really need to read the Slackware HOWTO manuals that are found all over the net and even here at LQ.
The main reason is because unlike most of the other Linux distros, Slackware is hard-core. It's extremely, extremely user-configurable. That means you pretty much know what you want to configure to get Slackware to work the best for you.
If we were to walk you thru each and every step, we'd just be rehashing the HOWTO's and you'd be having the same problems with us that you're having with the Slackware book.
that's the thing, I follow the howto files and books and I get the same thing. it doesn't work.
Maybe if you were a bit more specific we could help you. Where exactly in the install process are you getting hung up? Are you able to run fdisk, partition your drive, set-up swap, root partitions, run setup? How far did you get?
You say your getting an error in fdisk that says cannot write to disk. You might be selecting your CD drive instead of the hard disk. What is the disk device your writing to? Are you pressing the "w" button in fdisk when writing to the disk? What is the exact error message that you are seeing?
I can un fdisk, and put in info(not sure what I need to put it, but I'm kinda sure)
and then it says cannot write disk.
May I suggest that you try cfdisk? It has a more easy to understand interface. To start-up cfdisk
Note with fdisk you need to change one of your partitions into a swap partition, that is, after you've created at least two primary partitions then, change one of the partitions into a swap partition, type 82, your root partition will be linux 83.
If you have the install disk for another linux handy, preferably one that you successfully got to work, you might want to use that other linux install disk to setup and format your partitions, stop that other linux install immediately after having formatted your partitions, and then come back in with the Slackware install and have it use the now existing partitions.