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    Can't Install from DOS. Please help me.

    HI. My lapotop has no floppy, no cd-rom, no network, can't boot from usb.
    So my only way is installing from dos using Loadlin.exe.
    While in windows, i created
    a) 4.5gb ext.2 partition for Slackware
    b) 500mb swap linux partition
    c) temporary 2gb fat32 partition - i extracted there contents of both 2 installation .iso files (10.2 version) - so that it would be accessible from dos and from setup.

    Here's what i did:

    1) I copied bzimage file to c:\ (c is fat32). I took bzimage file from BareAcpi.I directory on cd1

    2) I copied initrd.img file to c:\ from \isolinux direcotry on cd1

    3)Start Win98, At the very beginning press F8, and choose "command prompt only"

    4) Started Loadlin, using this command:
    loadlin.exe c:\bareacpi\bzimage initrd=c:\initrd.img root=/dev/ram rw load_ramdisk=1
    Here is what i get:
    Uncompressing Linux...
    invalid compressed format (err=1)
      --System halted
    I took this parameters from some guide on loadlin.
    I also tried some other parameters, but notheing works.
    I'm newbie in linux.

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    Linux Newbie TrashOverride's Avatar
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    May 2004
    @home...soon in your homes ;) /usr/src/bulgaria
    hmm i've recieved a similar err, but cant remember if it was like you problem... did y write the table when you changed the file systems/ fat and ext2/? is fat partition the bootable one?

    or i think that it is trying to install linux on fat partition...
    any other oppinion?

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