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Old 08-08-2006, 03:53 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Slackware
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install without cdrom drive,floppy drive,previous os

So I've searched through the threads regarding installing without a cdrom drive and a floppy drive. And there are two answers generally given: use loadlin on the previous OS or use another computer to install slackware onto the hard drive and return it to the originating computer. I do not have a previous OS to go the loadlin route, but is there another way, other than installing slack on another computer that I could do?

Is there any other way to get into setup? I do have a enclosure to transfer files onto the drive. I'm thinking that there must be a way to prep the hd so that in can load linux up and from there install slackware. Just copy slackware install files over to the hd and then somehow get boot it into setup. Any ideas?
Old 08-08-2006, 05:02 PM   #2
Slim Backwater
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How can you boot?

You need to be able to boot *something* to install slackware. Traditional boot methods include Hard Drive, CD-ROM and Floppy disk. You say don't have any of those so you're left with non-traditional boot methods, such as PXE (Net Booting), but this requires a network bootable network card.

I don't think Slackware has a netboot install, but it can be done. Check out the LTSP to learn how to get booted off your NIC.

Other than that, I think you have to install the HDD into another computer (or USB carrier) and do the install on that computer.

Old 08-08-2006, 07:08 PM   #3
Master Fox
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Umm, theory I have a look and see if it works but downloading iso's onto another partition and then virtually mounting them in console, and then calling setup from that drive in console, may possible work I don't know I do notice there is a "partition install" section there when you try to install it


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