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Old 04-04-2003, 02:03 PM   #1
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Slackware install

Hi all, I just got a used toy (computer) with icky windows on it, and I'm not putting up with that, so I am trying to install slackware 8.1 on it. I have put linux on other computers before, but it was red hat, which has the nice installer. However, in my quest for linux knowledge, I wanted to try another distro on this computer, and I am having some trouble with the installer. I boot from the CD-ROM, and I get to the prompt and log in as root. The hard part is the partitioning of the drive. I have made a primary / partition, which is most of the drive, and then I format the drive. The swap space is what I can't figure out. I have made another small partition ( about 200 Mb ) for that but I don't know what to do with it. In the setup program, there is a selection to set up your swap partition, but when I select it it tells me that I have not made a swap partition. I'm getting kind of confused with this one.
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the swap partition needs to be type 82
Old 04-07-2003, 10:08 PM   #3
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To clarify what whanlard said, once in fdisk type
which will ask you for a partition # -> input the correct partition number as displayed by the partition table (p in fdisk)
then type 82, hit enter, write the table, then run setup.

Good luck!
Old 04-09-2003, 11:34 AM   #4
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Try cfdisk

Before you start up the setup program, use cfdisk to create your main partition and a swap partition. Should be about twice your memory in size. In cfdisk, there's an option to change the type of a partition. Use this to change the partition you created to swap.

Then, setup should recognize the partition.

Hope this helps.


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