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Old 08-27-2004, 07:28 AM   #1
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I''m embarrassed to say it, but I'm a .ISO newbie too :(

Geesh, how embarrassing I'm trying to install my first Linux and I can't even get past step 1 before asking a question.

I've downloaded the two Slackware 10.0 ISO's from the official website, using BitTorrent. Now, I have a Slackware folder with two zipped files (install-d1 and install-d2) and some MD5 files. What the heck am I supposed to do burn this data onto CD's??? I assume I'm supposed to extract the zipped files. And I assume that there's a way to test the download for corruption. But I haven't been able to figure out Md5sum, so all I did was to download the torrent files again to check for "consistency". Everything checked out, so I should have a clean download, right?

Assuming everything described above is correct, I now try to use Nero 6 to burn the CD's. Do I just burn everything that's in the slackware.iso folder? Or is there a special way I have to treat these files? I've burned them as-is, and they're on the CD, but that's it...the CD's don't seem to be boot disk, and I don't see any .exe files to execute. Bottom line--I'm stuck

I'm not a total computer imbecile, not at all actually. But I've never used Nero before, and I know nothing about Md5sum. Can someone please lend me a hand and describe for the me the very basics of burning these files, so that I can start my install. I'm going to go with slackware, despite the common view that it's one of the more challenging distro's to set up. I'm up for the challenge, just need to get out of the blocks :s

Thanks in advance.
Old 08-27-2004, 07:35 AM   #2
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You can ignore and delete the md5 sums. They are of no use for you.
Unzip the zipped files, so you get two .iso files (each about 700MB big).
Open up your CD-burning application and try to find something in the menus to 'create a CD from an image'. Use this to burn the CDs.
When you'll burn the CDs like this, you should not see one big file on the CD, but instead several directories and strange files on it. That is ok.
Then reboot your computer and boot from the first CD (set up your BIOS to boot from CD).
Old 08-27-2004, 10:42 AM   #3
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When unzipped, it gives me two folders, both full of files. Is that how it's supposed to look? I thought an ISO would've looked different.
Old 08-27-2004, 10:48 AM   #4
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Did you download .ZIPs, or .ISOs? Some programs (WinRAR comes to mind) will open ISOs like a zipfile. You don't want to do that - just burn them as r0b0 said.
Old 08-27-2004, 10:57 AM   #5
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Ohhhhh, maybe that's the problem. I use WinRAR and they sure looked like zipped files to me, so I unzipped them. When I get home later, I'll try to burn the files as they are and see what happens.


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