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I tried using RAWRITE to write the bare.i boot floppy image to a floppy disk. However, after I put it in my computer, I simply got the message "boot failed", ...
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    Boot from floppy failed


    I tried using RAWRITE to write the bare.i boot floppy image to a floppy disk. However, after I put it in my computer, I simply got the message "boot failed", and nothing else happens (I'm sure that it's the floppy I'm booting from, rather than anything else).

    Does anyone know what would cause this?

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    I was able to boot from the floppy and into the setup program. However, I have a new problem now:

    The computer I'm attempting to install Slackware on has no CD drive, only a floppy drive, so how should I go about installing Slackware?

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    I think you have to create a boot disk and a root disk for that:

    Here are some links that should help:

    The Slackware Linux Project: Frequently Asked Questions

    The Slackware Linux Project: Installation Help

    The Slackware Linux Project: Installation Help

    I've never tried it so can't say how well it works, or what problems you might run into.
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    Those floppies allow you to boot, but you still need to get the main OS from somewhere else. Since this PC doesn't have a CD or USB drive, and I don't know of any NFS servers, the only other option is to install from the harddrive. I can get a web browser running on this PC, I just need to know which files to download.

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    You can get the distro itself from the Slackware downloads page:

    The Slackware Linux Project: Get Slack

    The latest version is 12.0 and you'll need the files that end in .iso

    There are 6 CDs but you don't need all of them unless you want the complete set.
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    After I've downloaded the ISOs, should I just tell Slackware where they're located, or should I use dd to write them to the hard drive first?

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    Sorry, but I've never done what you are trying to do, so unless someone replies that has done this, you might need to experiment to see which one, if either, will work.

    Good luck with your installation project.
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