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Old 12-05-2013, 09:43 PM   #1
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Can't install Slackware64 14.1 - RAMDISK: incomplete write

When trying to boot the Slackware disc I am greeted with the
prompt. I do not enter any options and simply press Enter on my keyboard. However, the Slackware installer won't load and I receive this error.
Intel pstate controlling: cpu 3
cpuidle: using governor ladder
cpuidle: using governor menu
input: Speakup as /devices/virtual/input/input0
initialized device: /dev/synth, node (MAJOR 10, MINOR 25)
speakup 3.1.6: initialized
synth name on entry is: (null)
TCP: cubic registered
Initializing XFRM netlink socket
NET: Registered protocol family 17
Key type dns_resolver registered
input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard as /devices/platform/i8042/serio0/input/input1
registered taskstats version 1
md: Waiting for all devices to be available before autodetect
md: If you don't use raid, use raid=noautodetect
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: Scanned 0 and added 0 devices.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
RAMDISK: gzip image found at block 0
RAMDISK: incomplete write (3866 != 16410)
write error
VFS: Insert root floppy and press ENTER
I have never installed Linux on this laptop before and I have ran into similiar issues when trying to boot discs of other distributions, such as Debian and Arch. I AM able to boot Damn Small Linux and Ubuntu.

I'm guessing that I have a weird SATA controller that the default Slackware kernel does not have a driver for. I'm not sure how to research this further, does someone have a pointer?

Last edited by jmpetre; 12-06-2013 at 11:41 AM.
Old 12-05-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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Have you checked the md5-sum?
Old 12-06-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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perbh, you nailed it on the head. After hours of frustration I finally checked the md5 and realized its bad.


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