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Old 05-18-2004, 03:54 AM   #1
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installing from floppy


I used 3 floppies: bare.i, instal.1 and instal.2
After partitioning I got into the Setup menu.
I finished and when I reboot I just got the GRUB prompt.
What did I missed?
Whick other floppies do I need to make a minimum install?

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Old 05-18-2004, 05:21 AM   #2
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These instructions come from the boot disk directory on a mirror site.
 
Old 05-18-2004, 10:47 AM   #3
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Unhappy Still in trouble

I read the instructions but it didn't work.
I only used 3 floppies in the installation, but I think I need more than that. I checked the slack web page and I think I should make a floppy with some of the A sets. Which file should I copy in a floppy?

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Old 05-18-2004, 01:47 PM   #4
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Should have made a boot floppy when it asked you to. How did you get grub on there anyway? Doesn't come with it. If you installed it then you should have made a menu.lst.... I forget the commands to boot from a grub prompt.... There seems to be some info that I'm missing here... Why did you use boot floppies? Why not just boot from the cd? It tells you the commands to type right there to boot into your new install....
 
Old 05-18-2004, 02:09 PM   #5
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no CD on computer

I use floppies because there's no CD in the computer.
When booting the machine it doesn't load any kernell, just de GRUB and a list of commands that can be used.
From that point do I need to load a Kernell or I did wrong the installation?
 
Old 05-18-2004, 02:20 PM   #6
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Oh.... Your getting way out of my leage on that one... Sorry... How can you install Slackware from 3 floppies? You need hundreds of MB to get slack running. Don't think thats likely to happen from 3 floppies... Network install? Hard drive install? You got me....... Sorry....
 
Old 05-18-2004, 07:21 PM   #7
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As you have discovered, the 3 floppies you have will only allow you to boot up the machine and load a few basic utilities into memory (such as cfdisk, etc) to prepare the PC for a Slack install. You will not end up with a full Slack installation as a result, as Slack itself is comprised of several hundred different packages, and that's what you really would need to install. To be honest my recommendation would be to either buy or borrow a CD-ROM to do the install, as even an absolute minimal Slack "install by floppy" effort would be extremely time consuming and labor intensive.

Check here for more info: http://www.slackware.com/book/index....urce=x209.html but the bottom line is that even a basic set of core packages would realistically be too much to do via floppies. Given that 100Mg equates to approx 70 floppies, and that you'd probably need a minimum of 100 floppies just get things off the ground, and that it's not hard to find basic CD-ROM's for less than $20 or a CD-RW for under $30, I think you'd only be making it tough on yourself by attempting to do it via floppy.

If you do want to go that way though, you would need to install the "a" set of packages http://www.slackware.com/pb/?vers=slackware-9.1&set=a but the end result would be pretty primitive, and would not provide any networking capability. If that's all you need then you'd be done, but if you want web access, Email, etc, then I'd strongly suggest that you install via CD. Good luck with the project. -- J.W.

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Old 05-19-2004, 04:00 AM   #8
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which a packages needed?

Thanks for your answer.
I visited http://www.slackware.com/pb/?vers=s...e-9.1&set=a, but I don't know which packages (apart form kernell-ide) should I install to just load linux. I just want to able to log in, and navigate trough directories and files.
Do you know which of those packages should I install?
 
Old 05-19-2004, 04:21 AM   #9
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if you want to login and navigate then just use a register for a free shell account.

but if you wanna download and install slackware.
download the iso images disk 1 and 2. extract then in any fat32 folder(seperatly of course).
use the 3 boot disk to boot your pc... once loged in as root and performed partitions, mount your fat32 partition where your extracted isos are and type "setup" until asked for package source which is your mounted fat32 partition.. enjoy!
 
Old 05-20-2004, 11:01 PM   #10
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Thats not a bad idea.... I wonder if Pat has loop built into the kernel tho....
creilar, I just don't think it's going to work honestly.... You need a cd drive. Your stuck back in the 80's without one..... Hopefully it's not a laptop.. Just go out and buy one for 20 bucks and be done with it.... You would need most of "A", some of "L" and lord knows whatelse. At the very least, that I've heard of, your going to need 40,50,60,70 Mb worth of stuff just to get a MINIMAL install. And then what are you going to do with it? No GUI, no apps whatsoever.... I just don't see it happening... Go buy 100 dolars worth of floppies and spend the next 2 weeks installing Slackware... That or get a cdrom.
 
Old 05-21-2004, 02:59 AM   #11
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Slackware is available in floppy-sized chinks. Look in the ZipSlack directory in /split.
This will install ZipSlack. Then add X.
I wouldn't want to do a 28 Floppy install though!
Does the machine have a runnind OS on it? If so you can download and install without all those floppies.
See my Crazy 3-Legged 20MB Slackware install HOWTO and other more reasonable strategies for minimal installation by browsing the Minimal Install index at www.amigolinux.org
You can also download the 20MB distro as a ZipSlack-type zip file or other small distros as well. Or try Amigo2.0 (amigoIIrc9.zip) with Knoppix-style hardware detection and auto-configuration. Easiest way yet to install a Slackware-compatible system.
 
  


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