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Old 03-08-2003, 05:15 PM   #1
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Another newb, another problem...

I'm trying to install Slackware Linux 8.1

When I load the CD I can get to the screen in which you can boot the kernel of choice. But when I try to load bare.i or any other kernel after I type in the name of the kernel and enter, it loads some files and then "initrd.img" then it stops and says "ready". After that there's just a dash on the line under it, no screen asking for a log in, no "boot: ", no nothing.

Typing "root" then enter doesn't work. I can't type anything really.

System Specs:
CPU: AMD Duron 1.3 GHz
RAM: 320 MB PC133
Motherboard: VIA KT133
Graphics: ATI RADEON 7200 32 MB PCI
HDD: Western Digital 7200 RPM Hard Disk
Floppy: 1.44 MB 3.5"
CD-RW: Not sure, some Compaq generic...
Old 03-08-2003, 05:23 PM   #2
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The default kernel is bare.i, so have tried just pressing enter at the prompt?
Old 03-08-2003, 08:28 PM   #3
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Yes, see above.
Old 03-08-2003, 08:50 PM   #4
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When the PC first'll get a prompt like this


Just press enter here. You'll then get another prompt...


Just type...

root (no password)

I believe the first part is what Excalibur was trying to explain.

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Old 03-08-2003, 09:27 PM   #5
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Sorry, Fishbu but I think I didn't understand correctly. I overlooked the little word "or." I went back and read it six times before it finally hit me what you were saying.

I think you may have a bad CD. If this was a downloaded ISO image, then it requires a 700 MByte CDR. The image size is something around 683 MBytes. Also, some Window apps do not like to burn ISO images correctly so you might have a problem there as well if you used Windows.

If I recall correctly I think it should next ask about the keyboard definiton/language to use. I would suggest trying the CD in a different machine and see if you have the same results.

If you have a another Linux system running, you can mount the CD and attempt to verify it using the CHECKSUMS.md5 file that are provided. I think all of the "slackware/kdei" files will fail because it is not in the install.iso, but it was there during the beta period but wasn't removed from the file when the iso image was made. The "kdei" disk set is for International KDE packages. It was removed because of space problems.
Old 03-08-2003, 09:56 PM   #6
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I recently installed slack8.1, ill tell you what i did. look at the bottom of the list of kernels to use and try the 'slackzip' kernel? I dont even know what it is but i was guessing it was the default slackware kernel so i chose it and stuff works pretty well. I'm just working on getting oss working its somewhat pain. Anyway try that maybe it will work for you too.


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