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hitest \ive just ordered slackware11

which will be here tomorrow

and ime going to need your help

i see the board is talking slackware12

geez i cant keep up with all this stuff of linux

they are pumping them out like chickens

my version will be the cd instaltion disks

will they dual boot with windows

or do i have to keep the hdd seperate to my xp partition

marty

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hitest \ive just ordered slackware11

which will be here tomorrow

and ime going to need your help

i see the board is talking slackware12

geez i cant keep up with all this stuff of linux

they are pumping them out like chickens

my version will be the cd instaltion disks

will they dual boot with windows

or do i have to keep the hdd seperate to my xp partition

marty

Slack is quite different from Mandrake and Ubuntu. There are no GUIs to guide you through the install. The install is text based. Also you will need to partition your HD and enter the settings manually; I suggest that you use cfdisk which is more user-friendly than fdisk. Back-up your Windows partition before you attempt this in case things go awry.

I like Slackware, but not everyone does. I strongly suggest that you read the book before you start, Marty as that will make the install less frustrating.

Slack Book

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ive just recieved an email they are sending slackware12

by mistake

and will replace it if i need

but ive decided

to go ahead and try slackware12

am i wise in doing this

would it help if i installed it on a spare hdd

and dual boot it that way

thanks marty

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ive just recieved an email they are sending slackware12

by mistake

and will replace it if i need

but ive decided

to go ahead and try slackware12

am i wise in doing this

thanks marty

I'm running Slack 12 and like it a lot, it is the newest, most up-to-date version of Slackware. Slack 11 is now out-dated.

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thanks

i knew i could count on you for the info

when i emailed the outlet

i mentioned getting the info from

besttechie.net

he said i know the site

so i presume they monitor all the message boards to see

how popular thier product is

and work accordingly

marty

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help hitest

this slackware is a hellova headache

ive tried toinstall it but im lost for the commands

the info is a bit vague

for instance it asks to partition the hdd

but where do i go to do that

once i leave the config menu

i seem to be going around in circles

i can configure my k-board but that is all

i had it on once but when i hit ctr alt and delete

to boot into slackware the black screen said

sys disk error

please insert a sys disk and press enter

so i had to try again

the help menu is no use to a new user

unless you know where to go and what to do

so ime waiting for you to come home and

give me a nudge in the right direction

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by the way i have a 6gig hdd and ime going to install it on the six

in case i make a mistake

once i learn to

install it i wouldnt mind dual bootinf with xp

hope you have a goobdholiday

marty

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One of the first things you've gotta do marty is partition your disk with the command #cfdisk /dev/hda. If that command doesn't work then try #cfdisk /dev/sda if you've got a scsi drive.

During the partitioning process don't forget to set your swap partition as type 82 and make your root partition bootable. That may be why your system is not booting. Did you install lilo to the MBR? If you didn't do that then that could be another reason why it won't boot. Just hitting enter when Install CD #1 finishes booting up will load the default 2.6.21.5 kernel.

After you've partitioned your drive then enter the command #setup, that'll initiate the install process.

However, as I cautioned you before you started this marty, slackware will not hold your hand during the install process. I strongly encourage you to read the slackware book that I linked to, it lays out the entire install process for you.

Good luck:-)

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thanks hitest

my am i glad your back

yes ive read the book over and over

the problem i havent been able to find the option to partition the hdd

can you tell me why

linux has this obsessation with partitioning the hdd

why not use the whole driv

how ever ime determined to get it write

yes you are right it is a challenge

you say it is a good sys

i accept your word for that

as you would know better than any one

dont go way as ile be back

thanks marty

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the problem i havent been able to find the option to partition the hdd

1. When the first install cd has finished booting up then hit enter to load the default kernel.

2. Log-in as root

3. Start-up the partitioner with the command cfdisk /dev/hda

4. You will either create new primary partitions or delete existing partitions.

p.s. Yes, you can use the entire drive for slackware. Just delete the existing partitions and create a new swap partition and a root partition.

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yes i agree it is different to mandrake and ubuntu

i still have the mandrake 9.1 disks

but i presume thet would be out of date.

this is some thing like dos

i bit more complicated

but it is a challenge

marty

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