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These are root-install disks for Slackware 9.1. If you are unable to boot the Slackware installation CD directly, you'll need create these floppy disks in order to load the installer. In the past, there's only been one rootdisk floppy called "color.gz", but now there are 2 floppy images (install.1 and install.2), and you'll need both of them. > Mini FAQ: > Q. But I just want something like the old color.gz that I can load > as an initrd from the hard drive with LILO, or syslinux, or loadlin. > > A. I think what you're looking for is: isolinux/initrd.img > This is a self contained, gzipped initrd like the old color.gz. In addition to the install images, you'll also need a bootdisk. See the bootdisks directory for those. To create a floppy disk from one of these images, use the RAWRITE command on DOS or Windows. For example, to make the first rootdisk image (install.1), you'd put a formatted 1.44MB floppy in your floppy drive, and then run this command (in this directory): RAWRITE INSTALL.1 A: There are several versions of RAWRITE provided to handle most versions of DOS and Windows. If one version doesn't seem to work, try another. To make the floppy images under Linux, use the "cat" command to send them to the floppy device. This command will make the first install disk: cat install.1 > /dev/fd0 Here's a description of the disk images in this directory: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- install.1, install.2: These are the Slackware installation disks, used to install Slackware Linux to its own partition. To load the installer from floppy disk, you'll need to write each to these to a floppy disk, and use a bootdisk to load them. NOTE: The 'dialog' program used by the install system is not forgiving of extra keystrokes entered between screens, so type carefully. :-) There are also these supplemental hardware support disk images, used in conjunction with the disks above: pcmcia.dsk This supplemental disk provides support for laptop devices. It allows installing through a network or CD-ROM drive card. To use this disk to scan for PCMCIA devices (this is only done if you need to use them DURING the installation), you enter 'pcmcia' after loading the 'install' disks and logging in. network.dsk This supplemental disk provides support for ethernet cards. To use this disk to scan for network devices (this is only done if you need to use them DURING the installation), you enter 'network' after loading the 'install' disks and logging in. There is also a single "rescue" floppy image, since we don't want to be required to load two rootdisks every time we need to get a Linux prompt from floppy disks to fix something: rescue.dsk This is a BusyBox-based rescue disk for Linux. It is a reasonably complete mini-Linux system running from a four megabyte ramdisk, and contains an editor (vi), networking tools like ifconfig, route, telnet, ping, and wget, and other tools that might be handy for fixing your Linux machine if you ever get locked out for some reason, or any time you just need to boot Linux to "edit something quickly". And finally, there is a very small image containing the Smart Boot Manager: sbootmgr.dsk This nifty little tool allows selecting various devices to boot from a menu, and even allows booting a CD-ROM in machines where the BIOS doesn't support it (or it's supposed to support it, but it just doesn't work). If you have trouble booting the Slackware CD-ROM, you might try writing this image to a floppy, booting it, and then selecting your CD-ROM drive as the boot device. The SBM installer is available as a Slackware package (called "btmgr") in the extra/ packages collection.
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Parent Directory - RAWRITE.EXE 12-May-1995 03:23 35K RAWRITE12.DOC 01-Dec-1997 02:21 2.1K RAWRITE12.EXE 01-Dec-1997 02:21 13K RAWRITE13.EXE 12-May-1995 03:23 35K RAWRITENT.DOC 29-Aug-2000 10:23 6.0K RAWRITENT.EXE 29-Aug-2000 10:26 24K RAWRITEXP.EXE 29-Dec-2001 05:47 200K README.TXT 18-Sep-2003 20:27 4.0K color.gz 23-Sep-2003 06:14 2.4M install.1 23-Sep-2003 06:14 1.4M install.2 23-Sep-2003 06:14 1.4M install.zip 23-Sep-2003 06:14 2.7M install.zip.README 09-Sep-2003 20:54 16K network.dsk 25-Sep-2003 02:43 1.4M network.dsk.README 09-Sep-2003 20:54 1.3K pcmcia.dsk 02-Sep-2003 06:56 1.4M pcmcia.dsk.README 09-Sep-2003 20:54 1.2K rescue.dsk 19-Jun-2002 15:43 1.1M rescue.dsk.README 10-Jun-2002 23:38 637 sbootmgr.dsk 16-Mar-2003 09:38 108K
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