Slackware 7.0 FIPS headache

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Boris Badenuff, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. I'm trying to load Slackware 7.0 on a machine currently running Windows

    I ran the FIPS disk and had no trouble - created the new partition, no

    Right at the end, though, when it copied the partition table to the hard
    drive, I got the following:

    Repartitioning complete
    With shortened partitions, you should now run scandisk on the shortened


    Memory allocation error
    Cannot load COMMAND, system halted

    The C: partition is 3004 MB, the 2nd partition is 3138 MB.

    At this point, I haven't continued at all, preferring to find out if the
    Memory allocation error is anything critical. Hope someone can help.
    Boris Badenuff, Jul 22, 2003
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  2. Boris Badenuff

    paul s Guest

    Two things:

    1) Did you defrag the C: partition before running FIPS? From the FIPS
    documentation. 'You need a defragmentation program in order to move all
    data to the beginning of the hard disk.' A mate of mine managed to trash
    his NTFS partition with Mandrake's DiskDrake, because he didn't defrag it.

    2) If your new to Linux, are you sure that Slackware is the best choice?
    paul s, Jul 22, 2003
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  3. Boris Badenuff

    paul s Guest

    Well all you can do now is hit reset and hope for the best. If it won't
    boot, try a DOS boot floppy or the 98se CD (boot to command prompt), and
    see if you can access your C: drive that way.
    paul s, Jul 22, 2003
  4. Windows 98 reboots with no trouble; I was just wondering if there might have
    been anything else related to my Linux install that the error could have
    been pointing to. Sorry - I should have been a little more specific. Plus,
    I found out that my Slackware boot and root disks were corrupt and I have to
    recreate them.

    I know that Slack is tougher than other versions of Linux, but I figured I'd
    see what happened when I jumped into the deep end of the pool.

    Thanks again for the advice!!!
    Boris Badenuff, Jul 23, 2003
  5. Boris Badenuff

    philo Guest

    be sure to back up anything on your windows partition...
    slackware does not have any "installtion wizards" so you will need to use
    fdisk (or some similar manual partitioner)
    and if you make a mistake, you could wipe out your windows partition!

    once you get your drive partitioned, the slackware installtion will
    be fairly standard (though configuring your X server may be a bit tedious)
    philo, Jul 23, 2003
  6. Boris Badenuff

    paul s Guest

    Yup I will agree with this. Slackware is a *mans* Linux. Distros like
    Mandrake, Redhat and SuSE are for pussies, and Lindows is for idiots. ;-)
    paul s, Jul 23, 2003
  7. Just wanted to let everyone know that the installation went FLAWLESSLY -
    like butta, baby!!! I'm dual-booting between Slack 7.0 and Windows 98SE
    like nobody's business.

    All is well - thanks for the notes of support!!!
    Boris Badenuff, Jul 24, 2003
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