How to make 4MB Boot disk

You need: A. Linux Boot Disk (iomega); B. Linux Root Disk (Color)

1. Boot the machine using A and B.

2. Creat a file system (4MB) on a partition (eg hda3) on hard disk
% dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda3 bs=1k count=4096
% mke2fs -vm0 /dev/hda3 4096

3. mount this file system
% mount /dev/hda3 /mnt

4. copy stff from "/" to "/mnt"
%cp -dpR /etc /mnt
%cp -dpR /dev /mnt
%cp -dpR /bin /mnt
% mkdir /mnt/proc
%cp -dpR /lib /mnt
%cp -dpR /boot /mnt
%cp -dpR /sbin /mnt
%cp -dpR /var /mnt
for all others in "/", create corresponding dirs in "/mnt"

5. umount /mnt from /dev/hda3
% umount /mnt

6. Compress it to a big enough space (here we used /dev/hda2 which is mount on /tmp after step 5)
% dd if=/dev/hda3 bs=1k count=4096 | gzip -v9 > /tmp/ram_image.gz

7. put ram_image.gz on floppy
% dd if=/tmp/ram_image.gz of=/dev/fd0 bs=1k seek=600

with (seek=0) it will be at the begining of the diskette
with (seek=600) it will start from 600 of the diskette
for more info see www.linux.org/BootDisk-HowTo
and /usr/src/linux/Documantation/ramdisk.txt

PS: to modify some parameters on an existing diskette:
% rdev /dev/fd0 /dev/fd0
% rdev -r /dev/fd0 49752
This will make the disk start at block 600 for 49152+600 is 49752.

How to Install Linux

1. On a DOS machine with Zip Software loaded, make a Boot (Omaga) disk and a Root (Color) disk from Linux CD or Linux Zip.

2. Use the Boot disk and Root disk to reboot the machine with a zip driver.

 3. Login into Linux as "root", and make partitions using "fdisk"

4. mount the zip onto a directory, say /root/zip
% mkdir /root/zip
% mount /dev/sda4 /root/zip
now you can see slackware's stuff (physically on the zip) in /root/zip.

5. Install Linux:
% setup
and follow the instructions.

How to config X window

0. Make sure you have load the relevant X server such as XF86_SVGA. These servers are in /usr/X11/bin.
1. Find out your video card's chipset and memory by running "SuperProbe"
2. run "xf86config" to create /etc/XF86Config file based on the info found in step 1;
3. run startx, and then you have it.

When testing X configurations,  if you are stuck inside X, type Ctr, Alt, Backspace simultanously to exit.

About the on-board flash memory

How to set Flash as Drive A:
Go to the setup during booting by typing the delete key:

1. In Standard menu, set Floppy A to 1.4M, disable Floppy B;
2. In Power Management menu, setting drive A as flash as follows:
     Type <-- FLASH 4M
     Device Set <-- Floppy A
     Vendor <-- ATMEL
3. In Advanced menu, set Swapping Floppies <-- ON

How to use the real floppy drive as Floppy B:
In Power Management, set Device Set <-- Floppy B
In Advanced,  set Swapping <-- Off

How to return to the normal floppy drive setting and ignore flash:
In Standard:
   Floppy A <-- 1.4M
   Floppy B <-- Disable

In Power Management:
   for Bank 0,1,2, do:
      type <- Disable
     Device Set <-- Floppy A
     Flash Vendor <-- SST

In Advanced:
   Swapping Floppies <-- Off

Removing LILO

If LILO was installed in the MBR, then run the DOS fdisk with the option /mbr.