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Old 05-06-2004, 12:20 AM   #1
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stuck with zipslack installation

Would like to try Linux, but may be in way over my head. Have downloaded and unzipped zipslack using winzip per instructions in the "read me" onto a Windows ME PC (64 mb RAM - 4 Gb HD) and now have Linux folder on C drive (I have other PC w/larger RAM and HD, but this machine has no files on it, just a fresh Wme load). Nowhere does the read me indicate that I should install this on a separate partition but have read this in these posts. Is this true?

Next, readme indicates I should edit the Linux.bat file, but is this the file that is alone or the one in the Loadlin folder?

Next, readme says to alter "root=/dev/xxxx" on the "uncommented line" below to reflect partition where I unzipped slack. Does not indicate what an uncommented line is, and must assume that xxxx would be hdd1.
Any help here?

Next, says to run from prompt. Tried from Wme accessories ms-dos prompt> no work
Then rebooted> entered BIOS>changed boot order>used Wme startup disk to to boot without CD support>got A prompt. tried "linux,loadlin,loadlin.bat" nothing.
Tried all of this at A prompt and C prompt>nothing.
Getting feeling I'm way off base here. Any help?
Also, have decided I don't want to work with a non-GUI interface. Does KDE integrate smoothly with this zipslack, and do I need to install now while I'm installing zipslack or can it be done later?

Any help appreciated.
Old 05-06-2004, 06:59 AM   #2
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You do not need to unzip ZipSlack on a separate partition. It will work better though, because what will happen is this> When you boot Zipslack there is a DOS directory in the top level '/' directory that contains all the files on the partition that are outside of the 'linux' folder. Files with long file names will have their name mangled in this /DOS directory.

Edit the linux.bat that is in / You don't need any of the /loadlin directory.

In DOS batch files (*.bat) use REM at the beginning of a line to 'comment' them out.
To 'uncomment' means to remove the 'REM' at the beginning of the line. There should only be one uncommented line in linux.bat When you get into Linux the configuration files are all plain text and use the '#' character to comment lines instead of REM
If you have unzipped to C: then that is /dev/hda1
If you are running win ME then you have only protected-mode DOS. The 'loadlin.exe' program that linux.bat runs needs to run in Real DOS. You need to use a DOS bootdisk, such as a win98 bootdisk. Or you can use a Slackware boot disk. Since ZipSlack has its' own special kernel you should get the zipslack.s BOOT disk. Use rawrite to write it to a floppy. Boot the computer with that and at the boot: prompt type
mount root=/dev/hda1 rw <ENTER>
to boot your Zipslack.
KDE will not run very welll with only 64 MB RAM.
I have developed a compact ZipSlack-based 'distro' that uses windowmaker and other 'independent' GUI programs that run in as little as 16MB RAM and will work quite well with 64MB.
AMIGO Linux is fully compatible with Slackware 9.1 has kernel2.4.25 and uses Knoppix-style automatic hardware detection and system configuration. After unzipping the file and booting it takes just a minute to find most basic hardware, configure X and make all IDE and SCSI hard drives and CD/DVD's accessible. Also has an easy internet config utility.
I am expecting to upload files within the next two days. Meanwhile you can see a bit more at
Or you can find tips on how to build your own compact Slackware at:
I suggest you try to get ZipSlack running and have a look at AMIGO. If you like what you see then just delete ZipSlack and replace with AMIGO. It ROCKS, if I do say so myself.


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