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Old 05-25-2003, 11:50 PM   #1
nirvanix
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Slackware 9 install problem


Hi,
This may be a silly, stupid problem or just a case of a bad iso copy, but here goes:
I am installing Slack 9 from an iso bootable CD. I choose boot.i, run fdisk to create my partitions, then run the setup program.
When I choose addswap, the setup program tells me it's formatting the swap space but the system just sits there and I'm sure nothing's happening even though the hd light is on. If I skip this step and go to the target section of setup, the program tries to format the root partition but again the system just sits there with the hd light on. I can leave the system for an hour (I'm used to doing that with Windoze!)and nothing happens. I'm sure I created the partitions properly, they setup program just doesn't seem to format them. Any ideas, or just get another copy of the iso CD?

thanks.
 
Old 05-26-2003, 12:54 AM   #2
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Use cfdisk instead of fdisk, fdisk is a dinosaur.
Is you /swap written to the partition table as type 82?
I had a similar problem a year or so ago that was related to a bad iso. If it's an old harddrive you may want to run fsck -c on your hard
drive to make sure it does't have any bad blocks.
good luck, wotan

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Old 05-26-2003, 06:38 AM   #3
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Wotan is right, use cfdisk.
Make sure swap is type82 and that boot is tagged as bootable.
Also, after you write the partition table are you rebooting?
 
Old 05-27-2003, 04:00 AM   #4
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Thanks guys! I am now up and running with Slackware 9. I ran cfdisk instead of fdisk and then rebooted the machine before continuing with the setup program and everything worked fine. It would be good to see your suggestions make it into the install document for Slackware. Not sure how do make that happen?Thanks again.
 
Old 05-27-2003, 05:28 AM   #5
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Like this one?
http://www.slackware.com/install/
 
  


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