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Old 03-31-2004, 03:53 PM   #1
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slackware setup formatting diskette as 1.68 but its only 1.44

Recently, both my LILO boot disk and my standard slack kernel boot disk became corrupt (in the same day, don't ask me how thats even possible). So, in order to get back into slackware I need to create another boot disk.

The problem is, when i boot the slack cd, and go to Setup->configure to make the disk it says : "Formatting as 1.68 Megabytes" or something like that. My disk is only 1.44 megabytes. It finishes creating it successfully but the diskette wont actually boot. Tried it with 3 different diskettes. Is there a command I can do out of the setup program that lets me chose the right size disk to use (some command that's already on the cd, like 'setup')?
Old 03-31-2004, 08:03 PM   #2
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Don't know about your hypertrophic disk capacities...but if you just want to make a boot disk and you have a functional machine with a floppy drive and internet access (which I'm assuming you do unless you post telepathically) you may want to check out:

or a similar directory on another mirror.

Any reason RAWRITE can't solve your problems?

edited to add: That is...unless you don't mind using the CD to boot into your system...for example, if your Slack was installed to /dev/hdb1 then at the boot: prompt when booting the cd you could issue:

root=/dev/hdb1 readonly

? maybe ?

Last edited by 187807; 03-31-2004 at 08:06 PM.
Old 03-31-2004, 08:58 PM   #3
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In Slack the command is........
makebootdisk /boot/vmlinuz

type it just like you see it.........
Old 04-01-2004, 04:17 PM   #4
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187807 - Thanks. I typed "root=/dev/hda5" at the CD boot prompt and it got me into my system. then i just fdformat'ed and dd'ed a new boot disk after that. (btw, I tried doing the rawrite method with winxp before I posted, but my disk drive would just keep spinning/clicking for ever, so i had to restart the comp)

320mb - makebootdisk wasnt working off of the 9.1 disk, so I had to go with 187807's method.

Thanks a bunch.


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