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So - to summarize : you have one machine, running Windows, you have a broken DVD
drive and you have a USB key. Now - you want to install Slackware on this.
Any reason for Slackware ? It's not considered the most user-friendly distro
around ! Altho' those (of us) who use it won't use anything else. But it sure
requires the user putting in some effort and willingness to learn. I'm not
convinced that you have displayed any of those qualities.
But if you persist, good for you.
Maybe you could just borrow an external DVD drive from a friend ? That will
make your life so much simpler.
Finally, once you get the install started - do yourself a favour and wipe Windows
off the box. As long as you can dual-boot, the temptation to 'just quickly' do
something under Windows will be too great. Make the leap of faith and you will
never look back.
This might work-?
I know that it works as far as running the Slackware installer off USB, but it will ask you for the source media-choose the net-then input the download URL above and it should work-hopefully...
From the Slackware Booting.txt file available at any Slackware mirror:
NOTE: If you are interested in booting your system using PXE, a USB stick,
or a mini-ISO (which may then be used to start network (NFS) installations)
see Eric Hameleers' helpful page at this location:
Sorry, but alienbob's method does not work on my windows computer... especially not dd. And all of his instructions with syslinux are not specific enough. It tells you to delete a file that isn't even there!
Remove the file “U:\boot\syslinux\ldlinux.sys
There has got to be a way to get it installed with UNetbootin. I have been almost successful, only LILO wouldnt install, so I couldnt even run the system.
Come on PremiumG - if you are desperate to re-open a thread that was dead for three and a half years, then at least have the wits to show me some useful error messages. The phrase "alienbob's method does not work on my windows computer... especially not dd. And all of his instructions with syslinux are not specific enough. It tells you to delete a file that isn't even there" is not cutting it.
Not a clue to that re-opening thread reference. Sorry.
I followed your instructions on the Welcome Windows Users page. In dd, when I input the command you gave, in reference to my drive letters, it just repeated the command once and was done. No news is good news? I check the drive in computer, and its empty... On the page, it says, "Now its bootable!" after that input is made in the console.
I just found a fast and successful method in installing slackware with UNetbootin.
1. choose Slax distribution from UNetbootin GUI
2. choose the slackware 14 ISO and go ahead
3. boot the USB
4. mount the usb key within the /mnt directory, for example execute these commands:
mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usbinst
5. begin the slackware setup and select swap partition
6. select target partition
7. select install from pre-mounted directory and type this: /mnt/usbinst/slackware
8. follow the installation process
you have to check wether the USB onto which you transferred the slackware ISO is on /dev/sdb1, usually if you have attached some other non bootable USB keys the point will change accordingly.
The installation packages are in the slackware directory, if you won't point directly to it the installation will not proceed any further.
if you have a good internet connection you can use the http/ftp option and install from the internet. You will need the address to the website you want to download from and the directory path to the packages you want to install.
To install from the iso on the usb key create two new directories and name them what ever you want let say /usbkey and /iso. with the following;
Then mount the usb to the /usbkey and the the iso file to the /iso. The commands will look something like this but you will have to figure out the command:
mount /dev/sdb1 /usbkey #/dev/sdb1 may be something different you can use fdisk -l to find out what it is.
mount /usbkey/<path to iso file> /iso
Then use premounted directory option and point it to the /iso/<path to packages>
I didn't realize this thead is almost four years old. just seen it has a new post and a typing I went. I guess I need to pay more attention to the dates lol. @dcab It is better to use something different then /mnt as the installer likes to use /mnt to mount the partition that Slackware is being installed to.
Last edited by colorpurple21859; 08-14-2013 at 09:22 PM.
Since there are many members that still can't install Slack from a USB key, I just thought the method I followed should be userful for them.
Obviously there are many install method but, in my opinion, this is the simplest I know.