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Thanks, guys. I'll try again, and again. I like a challenge, but I could just make things easier on myself by going out and buying a new DVD drive and do a DVD install. I'm getting to the point where I just want to give up with the USB install.
An alternative method;
From you maverick installation create and format a linux partition and swap partition on the second hardrive. Create a slackiso directory on you first harddrive and copy the contents of the slackware iso file to the slackiso directory, not the iso file itself.
Boot the usb key run setup. When setup ask you you to format the partition that slack is to be installed to say no. At the source media screen select the hardrive selection, the directory to install from will be: /slackiso/slackware
edited to put the slackiso directory at the top of a partition on the first hardrive as the media source
Last edited by colorpurple21859; 10-05-2011 at 09:41 AM.
Hey colorpurple21859, thanks for being patient with me, man. Okay, so I'm going to try out these new instructions you posted for me. They sound less complicated and I can use disk utility on Maverick to partition the second HD.
So inside the directory/folder of the Slackware download are four files:
Create partitions, create slakiso directory on the root of my primary HD (/slackiso) into which I will copy the contents of file # 1 (slackware64-13.37-install-dvd.iso). Then continue to boot from usb.
Also this... In BIOS, what should my boot priority be, USB > 2nd HD or USB > 1st HD? Sorry if this seems completely obvious to everyone, but at this point, I'm not so sure. I have it set up as USB > 2nd HD.
Good news! I'm actually amazed by this, but I somehow managed to complete the install successfully.
Well, more or less successfully . Slackware doesn't boot up unless I use the bootable USB that I made during configuration. When I use the bootable USB, I'm in the kernel but it's all command prompt +mouse which is kinda cool. I can startx and load the desktop, but once I'm in it's extremely laggy.
So basically, I don't know what I did wrong. Still feel like I climbed Mount fucking Everest having gotten this far.
The USB/PXE install is really more for deployment systems on a network infrastructure with internal DHCP, DNS, and file hosting. You have to have these services enabled on a local server to really utilize them.
However as for the bootstick being required... Unless you enabled it you shouldn't need it.
That is normal for slackware,to boot slackware will have to add an entry to your grub, how depends on if your using grub2 or legacy grub, or if you want to chainload by installing slackware default bootloader lilo onto slacks partition. In the Slackware forums there is some good info for setting up slack , such as adding users, and how to set up to boot into graphical mode
I'm afraid you're talking in terms beyond my current understanding of networking.
As far as enabling the bootstick, If I did it it was done inadvertently. I remember setting up lilo in the configuration, but I never get that screen. Basically when I start up my computer it cycles in a loop so I end up having to go into the BIOS to start up my primary hard drive. So really there isn't anything wrong, it's just a matter of configuring slackware to my preferences?