Alan Watson wrote:
Maybe it's not a boot CD...
Most certainly not.
Booting from CDROM involves using a floppy image at the "start" of the
CDROM (try googling for "eltorito boot" for further details) and this is
done at a moment when BIOS has not given control to anything that might
reside on hard disk (or whatever boot device).
You could try putting this image (
ftp://ftp.slackware.at/slackware-9.1/rootdisks/sbootmgr.dsk ) on a floppy.
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
To achieve putting an image file on a floppy disk you can either use the
magnificent dd like this (on Linux):
dd if=sbootmgr.dsk of=/dev/fd0
Or (still in Linux) ask the gentle cat:
cat sbootmgr.dsk > /dev/fd0
Or if you're a Windows addict, you can use one of the versions
(depending on which version of Windows,you've got) of rawrite that
reside in this directory ftp://ftp.slackware.at/slackware-9.1/rootdisks/
rawrite sbootmgr.dsk a:
Hope it helps...