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Old 03-14-2008, 10:07 AM   #1
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install slackware from another livecd


I am setting up an older machine to run slackware 12. It is a 1998 vintage but the hardware looks to be enough to run it.

The machine has a CD ROM drive, not a DVD drive.

I have slackware 12 on a DVD.

I have a slax CD that will not boot on that machine.

I have a damnsmall linux CD that does boot on that machine.

I have an external USB DVD reader.

The machine will not boot off of an external USB drive.

I have dialup. Therefore, the above CDs & DVD are all that is available to work with.

So, considering all of the above, I would like to hook my DVD reader up to this machine via USB. I would like to boot off of the Damnsmalllinux liveCD, mount the DVD drive, and then ... somehow ... type a line in a term (as root) to install slack 12 onto the (already prepared) HD from the slack 12 DVD.

What line would I type (in a term, in damnsmall) to accomplish the above stated goal.

Thank you in advance.

Last edited by moob8; 03-14-2008 at 10:10 AM. Reason: glaring omission fixed
 
Old 03-14-2008, 10:18 AM   #2
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Mount the DVD. You can then tell the Slackware setup program to install from a premounted directory and pass it /INSTALL/slakware.

This is the same as when you install from an ISO on the HDD, except you don't have to mount to loopback.
 
Old 03-14-2008, 01:41 PM   #3
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Mount the DVD. You can then tell the Slackware setup program to install from a premounted directory and pass it /INSTALL/slakware.

This is the same as when you install from an ISO on the HDD, except you don't have to mount to loopback.
I do not understand. Since the slack DVD is not bootable on the hardware I described, there is no setup program.

Code:
bash: setup: command not found
 
Old 03-14-2008, 01:49 PM   #4
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You cannot simply mount the DVD as you have to boot from a Slackware Install image to get a setup. If the machine is on a network you could try a PXE boot or possibly get hold of Slackware Install CDs. As the device will not boot from the external USB drive I presume a USB stick boot is not possible as well.

This somewhat limits you. If you cannot download the install CD's you can always buy them.

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Old 03-14-2008, 03:49 PM   #5
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If you download a Slackware 38 MB large "mini ISO image" here: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackboot/mini/12.0/ you can burn that to a CDROM, boot from that CDROM, run setup, and try to let the installer figure out where the packages are on the external DVD device.

This mini-ISO image contains the full Slackware installe, but all the packages have been left out. If you're on dial-up it may just be right-sized for you to download.

Eric
 
Old 03-15-2008, 12:10 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by moob8: post #3
I do not understand. Since the slack DVD is not bootable on the hardware I described, there is no setup program.
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Originally Posted by moob8: post #1
I have a damnsmall linux CD that does boot on that machine.
What's the problem?

The mini-iso image is the usual method though. Also a smart bootloader - which boots from a CD or floppy and can initiate a boot from otherwise unbootable media.

Last edited by Simon Bridge; 03-15-2008 at 12:12 AM.
 
Old 03-15-2008, 12:25 AM   #7
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do you have a floppy drive in the old machine ?

from slackware12DVD/isolinux/sbootmgr/README.txt
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sbootmgr.dsk This nifty little tool allows selecting various devices to boot
from a menu, and even allows booting a CD-ROM in machines where
the BIOS doesn't support it (or it's supposed to support it, but
it just doesn't work). If you have trouble booting the
Slackware CD-ROM, you might try writing this image to a floppy,
booting it, and then selecting your CD-ROM drive as the boot
device.

The SBM installer is available as a Slackware package (called
"btmgr") in the extra/ packages collection.
i think this should do it.You can create the sbootmgr disk using DSL livecd.
 
Old 03-15-2008, 10:43 PM   #8
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Alien Bob to the rescue again !!

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If you download a Slackware 38 MB large "mini ISO image" here: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackboot/mini/12.0/ you can burn that to a CDROM, boot from that CDROM, run setup, and try to let the installer figure out where the packages are on the external DVD device.

This mini-ISO image contains the full Slackware installe, but all the packages have been left out. If you're on dial-up it may just be right-sized for you to download.

Eric
I wasn't aware of this mini-ISO - it'll come in handy - thanks a lot..
 
Old 03-17-2008, 12:19 PM   #9
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fail

Tried the boot floppy but it (apparently) fails to recognize external/usb drives.

Fetched, burned and tried the minimal CD. kernel panic.

I think the hardware is just too old/sucky for slackware. He'll just need to buy/get a new computer.

Thank you all for the help.
 
Old 03-17-2008, 12:54 PM   #10
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Try out different kernels, and I personally would have gone with SW 11.0, you have more kernels to choose from to boot (2.4.x and 2.6.x).
 
Old 03-17-2008, 11:47 PM   #11
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I've got computers WAY older than '98 that can run Slack (although my main PC is nice and new). It's shouldn't be too old.
 
  


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