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Old 10-02-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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Question Slackware64 14.0 not installing, tried several methods.


First I downloaded the Slackware64 14.0 installation DVD. I verified the checksum, burnt it with k3b and verifed the burn. All went well. My computer will not boot the disc.

So then I used unetbootin to transfer it to a 4GB usb flash drive. It would not boot.

Then I downloaded the usbboot.img and used the img2usb script to transfer it to that same 4GB flash drive. I got it to boot!

Here I should note that I’ve been using Slackware for many years. My usual method is to setup with the boot CD/DVD and install the packages via FTP. Having a DVD not boot with a verified image and checksum has never happened to me before. I figured I would try the other ways.

Continuing on.... The usbboot.img Flash drive booted. I opted hugesmp.s because that is what I always use. Keyboars layout US, login root, all the same as always. "network" found my NIC and loaded the driver. It setup my SWAP partition and then I setup my other partitions. All using reiserfs as I have for years. (/home and /storage are the only two configured to reuse, no format) No this is where it gets strange. I tried installing form an FTP mirror. It would not resolve the FQDN (strange, nslookup could) so I used the IP(v4). Found it! Only A archive available??? selected it, "full" and go..... it then immediately told me the installation was complete and ready to reboot (usually takes a half-hour and a lot of screens and copying). What happened?

So I tried again... I rebooted and went through all the same motions only this time I tried CD/DVD source. It couldn't find the disk in my drive even when I manually tried /dev/sr0. So figuring at this point my burner (SATA HP 1260t) was not supported (odd again) I rebooted to try again. (In my experience, people tend to balk at you if you ask for support when trying several different methods without rebooting, so I've come to reboot every time I change something.)

Now I'm rebooting the usbboot.img falsh drive again. This time I select Source > Pre-mounted directory. Ctrl+Alt+F2 real quick and I
Code:
mkdir /slackware64
mount -t iso9660 /(dowload folder)/slackware64-14.0-install-dvd.iso /slackware64
Success! (warning, read only) I switch back to the setup console and tell it /slackware64 for the location. It then popped up with all the archives, like normal, with kdei unchecked, like normal. I selected full and happily continued. In the blink of an eye, once again, it said the installation was complete and it was safe to reboot. Lies! it never copied and installed anything.

So to tally up:
Would not boot DVD
Would not boot DVD image on USB.

Would boot usbboot.img on USB
Would not install via FTP mirror source
Would not install via DVD source
would not install via DVD image premounted as directory

Slackware64 14.0 still not installed.

Please help.

Note: I had Slackware64 13.37 running stable prior to attempted upgrade.
I have a Pentium Dual-Core so SMP is correct
The mirror I used is the mirror I always use.
I did upgrade the DVD burner since last time, but being a mainstream brand-name I can't see it not being supported.
I have used USB to install Debian on multiple machines.
I actually have a USB hard drive that can boot Debian in both 32-bit and 64-bit which I use for system recoveries and repairs, so I'm not a stranger to weird issues.
My system specs are in my signature.

Thanks.
 
Old 10-02-2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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Cat you paste your
Code:
cat /proc/cpuinfo
 
Old 10-02-2012, 12:04 PM   #3
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Not really. That computer is without a viable OS at the moment. I'll try and burn a new liveCD with my laptop, but that takes forever because it's 6yo.

As I said it's a Pentium Dual-Core E6700 @ 3.2 GHz

http://ark.intel.com/products/42809/...0-GHz-1066-FSB

Last edited by mpyusko; 10-02-2012 at 12:10 PM.
 
Old 10-02-2012, 12:19 PM   #4
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I just found my SystemRescueCD 2.3.1 LiveCD. It booted without a problem using the 64-bit Kernel and Cache to RAM.

Code:
root@WOPR /root % cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 23
model name	: Pentium(R) Dual-Core  CPU      E6700  @ 3.20GHz
stepping	: 10
cpu MHz		: 3504.757
cache size	: 2048 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 2
core id		: 0
cpu cores	: 2
apicid		: 0
initial apicid	: 0
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 13
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm xsave lahf_lm dts tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority
bogomips	: 7009.51
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor	: 1
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 23
model name	: Pentium(R) Dual-Core  CPU      E6700  @ 3.20GHz
stepping	: 10
cpu MHz		: 3504.757
cache size	: 2048 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 2
core id		: 1
cpu cores	: 2
apicid		: 1
initial apicid	: 1
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 13
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm xsave lahf_lm dts tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority
bogomips	: 7009.94
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

root@WOPR /root %
Code:
root@WOPR /root % lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset DRAM Controller (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Cayman PRO [AMD Radeon 6900 Series]
01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Device aa80
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8131 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)
04:01.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306/7/8 [Fire II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller (rev 46)
root@WOPR /root %
Code:
root@WOPR /root % hdparm -i /dev/sr0 

/dev/sr0:

 Model=HP DVD Writer 1260t, FwRev=BH21, SerialNo=3743524275 228215501
 Config={ Fixed Removeable DTR<=5Mbs DTR>10Mbs nonMagnetic }
 RawCHS=0/0/0, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=0
 BuffType=unknown, BuffSize=unknown, MaxMultSect=0
 (maybe): CurCHS=0/0/0, CurSects=0, LBA=yes, LBAsects=0
 IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:120,w/IORDY:120}, tDMA={min:120,rec:120}
 PIO modes:  pio0 pio3 pio4 
 DMA modes:  mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 
 UDMA modes: udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5 
 AdvancedPM=no
 Drive conforms to: Unspecified:  ATA/ATAPI-4,5,6,7

 * signifies the current active mode

root@WOPR /root %
 
Old 10-04-2012, 08:39 AM   #5
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I put the install Dvd in my laptop and it loaded up properly. It wont in my desktop. I have booted knoppix Dvd's in my desktop np, so I know its not my hardware configuration.
 
Old 10-05-2012, 09:43 AM   #6
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Hi,

You say that 'SystemRescueCD' will boot on the machine in question. Why not create the ISO image on that system while using that OS? That way you will insure that there are no disk compliance errors between different drives. Wear on drives can cause tthis to occur, you say the laptop is six years old. How much did you use the writer/reader on that machine? Clean lens? This too cause issues?
 
Old 10-09-2012, 09:52 PM   #7
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Same problem here.

Did the md5 sum and all the steps you did, and my dvd drive (the one I burned the dvd in) is examined during boot, but my computer (dual, quad core Opterons) will not see the slackware64 14.0 dvd as bootable.

Also updating from slackware64 13.37

Sigh, if no one finds the answer, I have purchased the boxed set from slackware, so it will be here in a week or two. But really would like to get it going before then.
Depending on the actual problem, that dvd may not work either?!?

Steve
 
Old 10-09-2012, 10:17 PM   #8
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Ok, yes the MD5 matched both burns and k3b and the windows app verified the burn too.

so it boots CD's everytime. It will boot the Win7 install disc (dvd?) It will not boot the slackware 12, 13.0, 13.1, or 13.37 Dvd's either, all of which were burnt on different drives, but all the same spindle of dvd+r media. I contacted HP about the Dvd1260i drive issues, and they told me it was defective so I went to the store today and exchanged it. I'll slap it in tomorrow and see if it works.

Not sure why I had to trick the computer to boot the USB iso, and why it finishes the install without copying/dl'ing a single package either.
 
Old 10-10-2012, 08:02 AM   #9
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boots from other drives

In my case, the slackware64 14.0 dvd will not boot in my linux system, where linux rescue cd boot, and linux mint 12, and Slackware64 13.37 boots.

However, the slackware64 14.0 dvd boots just fine in another system that has windows 7 on it.

Which is strange.

If it were a hardware failure, nothing else should boot from the dvd drive, but they do.

If it were the software--the dvd--that was burned badly, it shouldn't boot in a different DVD drive.

Are we dealing with differences in how the cd/dvd combination drives work or something?

I'll buy a new drive if somebody thinks it is a hardware problem, especially if they can give me some test to confirm it.
 
Old 10-12-2012, 03:57 PM   #10
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Well, I took the drive back to Best Buy and did an even swap. The system booted the Slackware64 14.0 DVD just find. It was even burnt on the old drive. Strange. But hey, it worked.

The funny part is it is a HP DVD1260i right?

Old:
Model=HP DVD Writer 1260t, FwRev=BH21

New:
Model=HP DVD Writer 1260v, FwRev=AH24

This pretty much sums up why I don't normally buy HP. You never really know what you are getting and even then it's usually junk. I needed a drive in a pinch and didn't want to wait for shipping. Ack! Guess I'm gonna buy a new one and toss this in the closet as a spare.
 
  


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