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Old 08-05-2003, 09:54 AM   #1
RaWx
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Slackware 9.0 Installation...


Okay, so here's my situation. I've downloaded the Slackware 9.0 Installation ISO, md5sum'd it before burning and all. Burned with Nero, no error. Inserted the disc in my drive, and restarted my PC. Apparently it didn't recognize the disc. I checked the disk with a few different programs (ISOBuster,WinISO,Nero) and they all report that the disc is indeed bootable. So, I fired up Connectix Virtual PC to be sure, and it booted on the VM. So, as far as me and booting from CD goes, not gonna happen. Now, I've got no floppy drive. So, I figure I'm stuck. But, upon browsing the CD, I find loadlin. Great, boot Linux from DOS, how convenient.

Here's my linux.bat:
C:\loadlin\loadlin C:\kernels\zipslack.s\bzImage init=single root=/dev/hdc ro initrd=C:\isolinux\initrd.img load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 ramdisk_size=6464 root=/dev/ram rw SLACK_KERNEL=bare.i
(Copied from the ISOLINUX folder on the CD, with some 'tweakin')
If you're wondering where all the C:\'s come from, I've copied the kernels and isolinux folders onto my local drive. Anyways, I try to boot into the installation, and I get an error...

The error:
Unable to open an initial console
Kernel panic: no init found


Anybody have any clue how I can get the installation process running with loadlin?
Any help is much appreciated,
Matt
 
Old 08-05-2003, 10:10 AM   #2
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Have you checked your BIOS whether it boots from CD-ROM first?
 
Old 08-05-2003, 10:13 AM   #3
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Yes, it boots CDROMs. I've even changed the boot priority to having the CD drive checked first, all to no avail. But, if I use other bootable CD's (HP Software Recovery Disc), it'll boot just fine.
 
Old 08-05-2003, 10:34 AM   #4
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Doesn't the cd have bootdisk images so you can boot and install from a floppy?
 
Old 08-05-2003, 10:36 AM   #5
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Check out the BOOTING.txt on the cd.
 
Old 08-05-2003, 10:36 AM   #6
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I think he mentioned that he doesn't have a floppy drive. Strange thing though... my ISO booted just fine. Have to tried re-burning the ISO?
 
Old 08-05-2003, 10:41 AM   #7
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I'm certain it's not the ISO, it's something to do with my hardware. But I should be able to boot into the install using linload. I just can't figure out the correct parameters to do so.
 
Old 08-05-2003, 10:51 AM   #8
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Get rid of "root=/dev/hdc"
 
  


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