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1.Hi, I'm wondering if anyone could tell me how to partition
  my dos HD so that it has 4 partitions on it?

2.I'm getting the message "Unable to open initial console"
  from the BootDisk right before installation of Slackware
  Linux. I really need help with this one!
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Second question first....what is you system configuration?

First question, and a question to go with it...Do you want to keep all that is on you DOS drive, i.e. to have two OS's?
If so first thing you must do is (this assumes you want the Dos drive as your first drive../dev/hda1) defragment the Dos drive, using defrag or your fave.. making sure there are no hidden files or system files left behind, i.e. tiny little files which sit right at the end of the H/drive you can, providing the files are not detrimental to the health of you dos system, temporarily move/remove them to another drive, then move them back, and this will relocate them on the hard-drive...WARNING!!! be very very careful and only do this if you know what you are doing, I will take no resp., etc.
Anyway once you have defrag'd use the program on the Linux CD (I assume you have one) called FIPS run this program, after reading it's documentation carefully.
Once you have split the drive according to what you have read, you then use either DOS or Linuxes Fdisk program to add/create new partitions.
experiment a bit though, and I would suggest if you can have some kind of backup of all you data already on you DOS drive.  
Your DOS manual should tell you how to fdisk and format etc. If you have a DOS manual, which you should!  I can only help you this much, unless you were to elaborate some more on exactly what you want and need, and the same with the Linux prob, tell which Distribution of slakware it is, what you did to make the Boot disk, what sort of system you have, etc.
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