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Old 05-31-2004, 11:25 AM   #1
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Slackware LINUX help


I have an old pc, Pentium III 600mhz with 256mb of RDRAM and Geforce FX 5200 128mb video card. I have WINDOWS 2000 Professional running on it... is it possible to d/l Slackware Linux and burn the iso's to cd's and install it and overwrite Windows 2000 Pro on my old pc?

I have a new pc with Windows XP. I basically want Linux on the old one.

So does anyone know if it'll work?

If so, once I burn the iso's to some cd's do I have to change my boot configuration in the bios so my cd-rom boots up first??
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:27 AM   #2
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yes, that's all pretty straightforward... nothing abnormal.. go install.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:28 AM   #3
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I need a second reply, lol.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:29 AM   #4
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Yes to all of your questions. During the install, you will have to partition your disks, this will blow away your Windows install. Set your bios to boot from CD first.

If you don't have a lot of experience of partitioning or Linux, I'd suggest easing yourself in by going for Mandrake or Fedora - much more about them is automatic.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:32 AM   #5
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I'm new to Linux but I'm not a plain idiot I just thought it was entirely opposite to Windows (everything being different.)

So I have to set my bios to boot the cd-rom first, and off one of the cd's with Slackware, is there an option to delete the current partition (windows 2000)?
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:32 AM   #6
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Yes it will work on the system you stated in your post. I myself run Slackware on P166's still with 16mb of RAM without any problems..
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:33 AM   #7
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yes, i mean everythign your suggesting is abuot the most normal waqy to install linux there is... nothign fancy. yes. do it. everything is ok.
 
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This will tell you everything you need to know about using and installing Slackware. Esp. the partitioning part.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:37 AM   #9
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Slackware sounds pretty confusing...

Since I've never used Linux or even seen it, do you guys recommend I use something that has a more automatic install like Mandrake?
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:44 AM   #10
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Quote:
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Slackware sounds pretty confusing...

Since I've never used Linux or even seen it, do you guys recommend I use something that has a more automatic install like Mandrake?
Slackware doesn't have a GUI based install.. that's one of the many reasons I like it actually. I say stick with it, read the prompts as its straight forward during the install and you'll have no problems most likely. Then if you don't like it, try another distro...
 
Old 05-31-2004, 02:35 PM   #11
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When I burned the first ISO I extracted the folders, files, burned it all to a cd and put it in my old pc, I set the bios so the cd-rom boots first, hard drive second, and NOTHING happened!

What do I do???
 
Old 05-31-2004, 02:41 PM   #12
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you don't extract the files from an ISO, you have to burn the ISO as an image ~without extracting anything~ so it will boot. what burning software are you using?
 
Old 05-31-2004, 02:42 PM   #13
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im using Sonic RecordNow
 
Old 05-31-2004, 04:59 PM   #14
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Slackware is not difficult at all to install.
The problems you could encounter are before and after installation if you do not have any experience.
Partitioning: use a graphical partitioning tool such as Partition Magic (payment) or System Rescue CD (free) or the first mandrake 10 install disk (free). I'm not tryng to discourage you using slackware telling to use mandrake, but it has a very useful graphical partitioning tool. You can stop installing mandrake after you set up your partitions.
Installation: follow the ncurses graphical tool instructions, when you are asked choosing the installation level, choose "newbie" and it will do everithing for you (almost 2 GB required).
Fine tune: this is the most "difficult" step, but it is the funniest as well. Good luck
Ciao
 
Old 05-31-2004, 05:08 PM   #15
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you don't extract the files from an ISO, you have to burn the ISO as an image ~without extracting anything~ so it will boot. what burning software are you using?
Yeah, that's your problem right there, you don't extract any files, you burn the iso as an image.. Nero shouldn't have any problems just as synaptical explained, I've used it myself to burn iso's.
 
  


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