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Old 08-27-2006, 11:50 AM   #1
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pcmcia support - no DISK DRIVE! brain teaser

hi! I am a newbie, well not even, as I am struggling to get the linux installer running (slacker 10.2).

I can run the slackware installation (version 10.2) and configure partitions and all the rest, but as soon as it comes to configuring what i wish to install it stops detecting the pcmcia cd drive.

I dont have the supplementary disks, but have found the pcmcia.dsk file on the net. Without a floppy drive how the hell do i install this disk so the pcmcia drive is detected all teh way through setup?

Please be as specific as possible as I am really stuggling with linux commands, and I am only used to dos, which for me is easier. THanks.

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Old 08-27-2006, 01:21 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to LQ!

If you don't have a floppy drive, the only way I see is to use the
method described in the FAQ;


P.S.: I suggest that you report your own thread and ask for it to be
moved to the slackware or slackware-installation forum for better
exposure.... :}
Old 08-28-2006, 02:51 AM   #3
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finding root image

Hi! I am having problems finding the root files. I cant find anything that is a gz file apart from ones called system map, and they are found in the kernel folder. Can I just download this color.gz file from somewhere (I think its a file from slackware 7.1).

Also once i have created this really small amount of files on the c: drive, (i.e. my windows partition), will it install slackware to the linux partition i have created? Also do i need to copy all of the slackware cds somewhere? Or do i need to create an image of them somewhere? If i need to create an image of the cds, do I use the mount command? I am not sure how to use the mount command yet, so if you could specify details it would be great.

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Old 08-28-2006, 03:02 AM   #4
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pcmcia support - no DISK DRIVE! brain teaser

hi! I am just starting out with linux, and I am trying to get slackware 10.2 installed.

initial thread =

So I cant run the installation CDs as I need pcmcia support for my pcmcia cd drive, and I dont have a floppy for my laptop, so the supplemental disc support for pcmcia is out of the question.

So I have gotten stuck with booting from HD:

I extracted loadlin, and a bz image, to a folder on my C drive (windows partition, but that still counts as a DOS partition right?). But i am stuck for the root image (so any file like color.gz, which i cant seem to find on the first Slackwared CD disc. All i can find is tgz files. Am i better trying to dowload the old color.gz (I think used on slackware 7.1?)

Also once all of this is done, would I need to mount the slacware cds, so that they can be accessed on the Linux partition?
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possible solution

i know when the boot command appears (as my pcmcia drive works untill this point) I can type pcmcia.dsk. But after this, teh command promt keeps flashing, and I cant type anything.

Is there anyway of booting the kernel and pcmcia support before reaching the root image?
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I've merged your threads since they deal with the same issue.


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