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Old 01-27-2010, 12:40 AM   #1
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How to install slack while running Debian


I have a computer with Debian installed. I would like to install Slack on another partition. Problem - this computer has no cd and won't boot from a USB stick when the hard drive is connected (go figure...disconnect hard drive, it boots from usb stick) no matter how I set the bios.

I have a copy of the Slack DVD copied to the local hard drive. I can configure lilo to boot from ubnkern on the slack dvd file set, but that just boots debian using that particular kernel - surprisingly it boots, but is not how to get to slack setup.

Given the above setup and restrictions, how would I go about getting to slack setup? I'm kinda stuck here, trying to figure out what to do next.
 
Old 01-27-2010, 05:43 AM   #2
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A couple of questions: How did Debian get installed in the first place - did it come that way? And is it possible to disconnect the hard drive, boot to usb, and then reconnect the hard drive after booting? Network boot might be the answer if bios supports it and you have access to a network, but somehow or other you've got to be able to boot the machine to usb or network with the hard drive at least reconnected afterward in order to partition it - before you can even think about doing an install.
 
Old 01-27-2010, 06:10 AM   #3
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Use Plop bootmanager to boot the usb
doesn't need BIOS support

Heres a pkg I put together that has it
http://multidistro.com/downloads/current/NetBooter.zip

http://multidistro.com/downloads/current/NetBooter.iso

that has plop and netbootcd on it

If you wanna use a whole CD I suggest
Ultimate Debian Live CD
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...86-54010.shtml

its got plop and netbootcd too

Plop will boot almost anything
 
Old 01-27-2010, 08:21 AM   #4
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This is one way to install slack

1. copy initrd.img from slackware/isolinux and bzImage, System.map.gz from slackware/kernels/hugesmp.s to your boot directory
2. edit your grub menu as follows:
title slackinstall
root (location of your boot directory)
kernel /(location of your boot directory)/bzImage
initrd /(location of your boot directory)/initrd.img
3. reboot and select slackinstall.
4. Before running setup make a directory and mount the slackware dvd to the directory.
5. When setup ask where the install files are at, point to the slackware directory of the mounted dvd.

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Old 01-27-2010, 08:28 AM   #5
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Great stuff colorpurple
I'm gettin ready to install both slack13 and SalixOS so thats great advice buddy!
 
Old 01-27-2010, 08:39 AM   #6
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Quote:
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Problem - this computer has no cd
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I have a copy of the Slack DVD copied to the local hard drive.
He can't mount the DVD, but he has copied it to the hard drive.
 
Old 01-27-2010, 08:54 AM   #7
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He can't mount the DVD, but he has copied it to the hard drive.
Then mount the partition where the the copy of the dvd files are then mount the slackware dvd iso, if the files aren't extrated from the iso.
 
Old 01-27-2010, 09:26 AM   #8
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Although I recognize that the suggestion made already are probably the less painful to implement than going this route, this is one that could possibly be an option you could take:

http://alien.slackbook.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=slackwarexe

I've got an old laptop that doesn't have an ethernet port or a CDROM on it. I seem to recall I merely pulled the drive, installed Slackware on another laptop that had a CDROM, then moved it back.
 
Old 01-27-2010, 12:57 PM   #9
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He can't mount the DVD, but he has copied it to the hard drive.
I copied the DVD to a usb stick on another machine, and then from usb stick to hard drive on the machine I'm working on.
 
Old 01-28-2010, 02:52 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by linus72 View Post
Use Plop bootmanager to boot the usb
doesn't need BIOS support

Heres a pkg I put together that has it
http://multidistro.com/downloads/current/NetBooter.zip

http://multidistro.com/downloads/current/NetBooter.iso

that has plop and netbootcd on it

If you wanna use a whole CD I suggest
Ultimate Debian Live CD
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...86-54010.shtml

its got plop and netbootcd too

Plop will boot almost anything
I'm no expert on boot managers, but installing plop was fast and painless...and...it boots my USB sticks! Yes! That was all I needed to get this thing to do what I want, many thanks for the tip!
 
  


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