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    linux bootdisc

    I need to create a linux boot disc....the file is 1.40 megs....the floppys 'claim' theyre 1.44 but they only have 1.38 of space....is there any way to reclaim that extra .02 megs of space? discs are new, and never been used....dont know where this fits, but i could use some help...thanks


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    First thing that comes to mind is that you are trying to copy too many files to the floppy disk
    Login as root then open the command prompt in Linux
    the next thing to check is which Kernel you are running by typing this at the command prompt:
    ls /lib/modules This will give you a directory with the kernel you currently have such as: 2.4.2-2
    Next insert your floppy disk into your floppy drive.
    then at the prompt type: mkbootdisk --device /dev/fd0 x.x.x-x
    replace the x.x.x-x with the kernel info you got from the ls /lib/modules command
    and that should copy the files that you need.

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    blah get rawrite. much easier - ftp.slackware.com has it or just www.google.com/search?q=rawrite

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    Alright, i found rawrite and the bootdisc works....heres the fun part....im not all that familiar with linux (i ran mandrake 7 for about 6 months and went back to winblows) and am trying to install slackware 10 onto an old 333 box. The harddrive is empty, and im trying to do an install from the cds. I burnt the iso (both dos, and the regular 'suggested' way) to the cd and it doesnt seem to boot it, hence the boot disc. The boot disc loads, prompts me to enter parameters, and then the box locks. any suggestions?

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    If you haven't read Gore's tutorial about installing slackware it is here
    http://www.antionline.com/showthread...hreadid=251388

    I would run the md5sum program to be sure you got a bit for bit copy
    If you run Windows and don't have the program, you can download a dos shell version or the Windows version
    Dos
    http://etree.org/
    Windows
    http://www.md5summer.org/

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    you need the boot disc and the two root discs.

    then the two isos.

    (for slack 10)

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    Also here's a hardware compatability how-to. I suggest you make sure all hardware is in order for you just go and toss slack over windows.
    http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Hardware-HOWTO/
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