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Old 08-19-2006, 04:46 AM   #1
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N00b installation help with latest slackware distro


Hi, as the title says I am a complete Linux n00b, please be gentle

I am trying to bring an old Sony PCG-Z505LS laptop back to being a useful machine and after Ubuntu and Xubuntu failed to install due to low ram I thought slackware would be the best way forward - I have created both a root and swap partition and formatted them - they have both also been set up but I am now having a problem locating the source media.

I have to use a PCMCIA CD drive and despite getting to the setup page on the installation disk ok I am being told that it can't find the source media on the cd.... do I need to swap to cd 2 of the installation set here or enable something else to proceed further?

as I said I am fairly clueless so any help is appreciated (especially if you explain more technical bits like you were talking to a three year old)

Thanks.

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Old 08-19-2006, 04:57 AM   #2
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Hi, welcome to LQ, and the Slackware forum. :}

Chances are that you'll need to find a boot/root-disk to achieve that.
Even though your machine may allow to boot of the PCMCIA device, once
loadlin has done it's job and the linux kernel is active it most likely
knows nothing about the CD-ROM drive.

Have a look here:
http://slackware.com/install/rootdisk.php


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Old 08-19-2006, 06:50 AM   #3
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Thanks! I'm sure you will hear back from me soon with more fun noob questions
 
Old 08-19-2006, 07:31 AM   #4
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ok so I have downloaded disk three and tried to run that iso when prompted but it doesn't find it - I'm guessing because it is still running through a pcmcia cd drive - so I also downloaded just the pcmcia.dsk file to try and put it on a floppy but the file is just that little bit too large for a floppy.

I have also tried running it from a memory stick but that hasn't worked.

I'm going to borrow a friends usb flash drive and see if I can run it off there but to be honest I'm not too hopeful.

any ideas on how to solve this one would be appreciated.
 
Old 08-19-2006, 08:42 AM   #5
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How did you write the floppy? You cannot just copy the file on the disk but have to use the rawwrite.exe program that you find in the same directory as the .dsk file. Please read the README files there if you haven't done this so far.

Edit: The rawwrite.exe is needed for DOS/Windows, there are also instructions for writing the file to floppy if you are already using Linux as OS.

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Old 08-20-2006, 06:21 PM   #6
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I knew I was missing something obvious! thanks again for your help guys.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 06:35 PM   #7
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