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Old 10-24-2004, 06:11 PM   #1
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installing from iso9660 - restarts installation without installing anything

Hey guys - I'm having a might bit of trouble here.
I don't have a CD burner, so I have to do the installation using the loopback interface via my FAT32 partition - Ok, easy enough.
Got to looking - there are instructions right on slack's site:
Originally taken from
For example, say you download the ISO9660 image under Windows. Boot the Slackware boot and root disks for your system. Assuming your Windows partition is /dev/hda1 and you downloaded the ISO9660 image to C:, issue these commands:

mkdir -p /dos
mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /dos
cd /dos
mknod /dev/loop0 b 7 0
mkdir /INSTALL
mount -o loop /dos/install.iso /INSTALL

You can then tell the Slackware setup program to install from a premounted directory and pass it /INSTALL/slackware. This trick can also be used if you cannot make a valid CD with your burner.
Cool! So I tried it.
The thing is - every time I tell the installer the files are in /INSTALL/slackware, it simply goes back to the beginning of the installation. So I try starting where it left off - and it essentially telle me I ahve to do it all again. So I do. Redo the swap and the ext3 partitions, and yield the same result when I try it again. The strange thing is, here are no associated error messages and when I go to the /INSTALL/slackware directory, the directory structure is there. What really erks me though, is when I pass it just /INSTALL, and not /INSTALL/slackware, it acts as though it installs - telling me the system is installed and I should reboot (mind you, it show's no progress, happens instantly, and doesn't offer to: make a boot disk, install LILo, etc). When I just checked my linux partition that I had mandrake on - it's empty! It deleted my partition and refuses to install. Any ideas? This one's got me stumped...
Old 10-24-2004, 07:46 PM   #2
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I found a solution to this in case anyone's interested:
Mount the ISO'(s) on the other filesystem: ie, i put mine on my fat32
installed without a hitch - now off to the display config


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