i have an iso, i just don't know what to do with it.

I downloaded the iso image for slackware 8.1 and burned it to a cd. I set my cdrom drive as the first boot device but i can't boot from this cd. I've obviosly done somthing wrong so any help is appreciated.
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GnsCommented:
On the cd you should have a directory bootdisks, which contain the DOS utility rewrite.exe and a set of diskette images.
Read the file README.TXT, decide from the info there which boot image is best suited for your system, rawrite that to a diskette, then boot of that diskette.

If you don't have the bootdisks§ directory... well, then perhaps you've made some error burning the ISO:-). I doubt that though.
The image should be prepared for El Torrito booting, but... all systems can't grok all bootable CDs, although they might claim it.

-- Glenn
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zekkerCommented:
did youu burn the iso as an ISO image?  
I had that problem ........  works fine now.
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krymeAuthor Commented:
No i don't think my cd was created properly.  It was acually given to me by a freind so i guess he didn't set it up right.  Any help on how to install the iso properly onto the disc would help.
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randoucheCommented:
you should check out http://www.linuxiso.org the site has great info on how to burn iso's onto cd's and junk as well as the actual iso's to download. ;)
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GnsCommented:
The details differ a bit between burn programs. Mostly it's a question of opening the ISO file as an ISO, and not as a file:-).

It's very easy to see if it's wrong. If the directory I mentioned is visible in the root of the CD, it is OK... anything else, and it is not.

The bootability of the CD is a property of the ISO image.
The link from randouche is a gem:-).

-- Glenn
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MonchangerCommented:
I think I downloaded the same ISO a couple of weeks ago.
It is a bad ISO, as it is both not bootable AND does not have images for the boot diskettes on it.

I ended up downloading the boot diskettes (6 of them!) from the net, and creating them. They boot fine (takes a while though) and I've got a working installation thanks to them.

An example location to download boot diskettes from:
http://sunsite.cnlab-switch.ch/ftp/mirror/slackware/slackware-8.1/rootdisks/

Read the README.TXT in that directory for instructions on how to use rawrite if you don't know.

Mirrors for Slackware 8.1 available here:
http://www.slackware.com/getslack/
(you're looking for the "slackware-8.1/rootdisks/" subdir in any of the HTTP mirrors)

BTW- Slackware 9 was just released. You may prefer to wait until you can grab an ISO (lots of traffic at the moment - I couldn't get one...)

LOL - I though I was doing something wrong until I saw your question. Strange. Real strange...

Monchanger
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GnsCommented:
Hm, I'll have to DL and check that (both 8.1 and 9.0 can be gotten from mirrors... ftp.sunet.se is near me:-).

Sounds like Paul made a no-no...

-- Glenn
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GnsCommented:
Nope,, not so much a no-no... You should check the README.TXT in the directory you got the single ISO 8.1 from (as should I have done earlier:-). To conserve space so that it would fit on one CD Paul's been "cutting corners". Here's a quote from the file:

Note that for space reasons, the KDEI (KDE i18n) series could not be
included on this ISO, and I apologize for the inconvenience.  If you need
KDE translations, you can pick them up here:

  ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-8.1/slackware/kdei/

Other things that aren't on this disc that you might need to pick up
"a la carte" include the boot floppy images and rootdisks (if you can boot
this CD-ROM, you won't need these), ZipSlack, and the source code.  All
of these extras are available from our FTP site:

  ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-8.1/

Or, pick up the official 4 CD-ROM Slackware disc set here:

  http://store.slackware.com

Enjoy!

--- End quote ---

BTW, I was hasty about 9.0... no ISOs on the mirrors ... yet:-). Network installs or mirroring to a hd is possible though.

-- Glenn
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MonchangerCommented:
kryme, do you still need help with this?

Glenn, some mirrors listed in the official mirror list do have the 9.0 ISO, you just have to open some at random and check. I didn't manage to connect to any of those servers at the time I tried (I thought they would get pretty busy when versions get released, but wow...)
I did find and download it from a nearby LUG - in my case RUSLUG (Rutgers Univ.), at: ruslug.rutgers.edu

This problem with boot disks remains in version 9.0 (they do not appear in the ISO). I have not burned a CD yet, so I can't say if it is bootable or not.

Monchanger
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GnsCommented:
Most mirrors mirror a lot of distros. Unfortunately, both slack 9.0 _and_ Mandrake 9.1 is out fairly recently (since yesterday for Mdk9.1), so most "main mirrors" are really swamped just now. I expect it to quiet down in a couple of days:-).

-- Glenn
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