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Just got my 9.0 disk set from Cheapbytes, and can't boot from the CDROM (Can't find boot sector). I gather this is new, since I can boot from their 4.0 set (and from BSD disks). Anyhow, it's not my CD/driver. So, I follow the instructions, makedisk (after cp-ing the entire kernels dir to my /tmp, since it won't exec from the CD) the bare.i/bzImage, and cat the result (eof 1474560) onto fd0, but after starting the boot from floppy it says "invalid system disk". Wtfo? Any ideas? Many TIA. :) P.S. I tried the venerable dd if=bare.i/bzImage of=/dev/fd0. No go, ...

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    Default Slackware 9.0 boot floppy

    Just got my 9.0 disk set from Cheapbytes, and can't boot from the
    CDROM (Can't find boot sector). I gather this is new, since I can
    boot from their 4.0 set (and from BSD disks). Anyhow, it's not my
    CD/driver.

    So, I follow the instructions, makedisk (after cp-ing the entire
    kernels dir to my /tmp, since it won't exec from the CD) the
    bare.i/bzImage, and cat the result (eof 1474560) onto fd0, but
    after starting the boot from floppy it says "invalid system disk".

    Wtfo?

    Any ideas?

    Many TIA. :)

    P.S.
    I tried the venerable dd if=bare.i/bzImage of=/dev/fd0. No go,
    no boot sector found.

    Also tried a second floppy, of course. Both fdformats
    (fd0u1440) verified OK.

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    Chris Shepard
    Bailey, Colorado
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    Default Re: Slackware 9.0 boot floppy

    [email]cshepardfpcc.net[/email] writes:
    > I tried the venerable dd if=bare.i/bzImage of=/dev/fd0. No go,
    >no boot sector found.
    Hmmmm...I just cat bzImage > /dev/fd0 (as root, of course).

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    Default Re: Slackware 9.0 boot floppy

    On Sat, 20 Sep 2003 08:37:50 -0600, cshepard wrote:
    > Just got my 9.0 disk set from Cheapbytes, and can't boot from the
    > CDROM (Can't find boot sector). I gather this is new, since I can
    > boot from their 4.0 set (and from BSD disks). Anyhow, it's not my
    > CD/driver.
    >
    > So, I follow the instructions, makedisk (after cp-ing the entire
    > kernels dir to my /tmp, since it won't exec from the CD) the
    > bare.i/bzImage, and cat the result (eof 1474560) onto fd0, but
    > after starting the boot from floppy it says "invalid system disk".
    >
    > Wtfo?
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >
    > Many TIA. :)
    >
    > P.S.
    > I tried the venerable dd if=bare.i/bzImage of=/dev/fd0. No go,
    > no boot sector found.
    >
    > Also tried a second floppy, of course. Both fdformats
    > (fd0u1440) verified OK.
    >
    Caveat: I am not a Slackware expert.

    I think two components are required: kernel and root filesystem.
    If you are having trouble booting from CD, then create the
    complete set of 3 floppies (boot and root). The floppies for the root
    filesystem are install.1, install.2

    Boot from kernel floppy: linux dd

    And this will prompt for the next 2 floppies.

    --Douglas Mayne
    Douglas Mayne Guest

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