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VMWare: Operating system: Linux: Slackware: How install Slackware v9 in VMWare v4.0.0 for Windows?

Nov 12th, 2003 16:39
Knud van Eeden,

--- Knud van Eeden - Thursday 25 July 2003 - 00:03 am ----------------
VMWare: Operating system: Linux: Slackware: How install Slackware v9 
in VMWare v4.0.0 for Windows?
Also Slackware is not officially supported on VMWare, but it showed
that it installed without too many problems, once you got past choosing
'scsi.s' and /'dev/sda', in the beginning.
Note: the installation went OK, but I got a black screen with a
non-moving cursor when rebooting VMWare. I thought I had skipped the
step to make the partition bootable (using cfdisk) but reinstalling
and making it bootable gave still this black screen.
But I skipped also creating a swap partition and also a rescue disk.
So I will have to do the installation again.
Internet: see also:
Steps: Overview:
 1. -Possibly download the Slackware CDs:
      then download at least the installation CD:
       at the location:
       Note: this seems a very slow server, so a very slow connection
       (around 5 KBytes per second, even using cable or ADSL).
       The download time is about 35 hours, so several days on my 
       So better try:
 2.  For the installation in VMWare you do not have
     to immediately burn this downloaded file on a CD, that you can do
     later. This because you use this downloaded files (which are so
     called .iso images) to install.
 3. -In VMWare create a new virtual machine
      (menu 'File'->'New'->'Virtual machine)
 4. -select from list 'Linux'
 5. -Choose a representative name
     (e.g. 'Linux Slackware v9 - English')
 5. -Accept further the defaults
 6. -I reduced the memory to 64 megabyte
     (to avoid e.g. a slow Microsoft Windows XP
      machine, when using 256 megabyte of RAM)
 7. -Inform that you are going to install from iso image
     1. -select in VMWare the menu option 'Edit'
     2. -select from list 'Removable devices'
     3. -select from list 'CD Rom'
     4. -select tab 'CD-ROM device'
     5. -enable radio button 'Use ISO image'
     6. -click button 'Browse'
     7. -browse to the directory of your iso file:
     8. -click button 'Open'
     9. -click button 'OK'
 8. -You might do the following, otherwise
     just skip it:
     Start the boot order to be from CD-ROM drive
     1. While booting your virtual machine
        put the focus on this window
        (e.g. by clicking with the mouse on it,
        then pressing <ENTER>), and press <F2>
     2. Then move to the 'boot' tab
     3. Move the 'CD-ROM Drive' upwards, using
        the numeric '+' (e.g. on my machine this
        is <FN><+>)
     4. Press <F10> 'Exit and Save'
     5. Press <Yes> to accept
 9. -Start VMWare Linux Slackware
10. -Press <ENTER> to start the installation
     Because VMWare uses a SCSI disk emulation,
     you have to type:
      (You can see the options, by pressing <F2>
      and or <F3>)
11. -Type 'root' to login
12. -First create disk partitions, using
      fdisk /dev/sda
     then to create a 'n'ew partition, type
     choose 'p'rimary:
     choose e.g. '1'
     choose e.g. '1'
     choose e.g. '522'
     when finished, save the results, by typing
      w (=write)
     You should see then:
     'the partition table has been altered!
     calling ioctl() to reread partition table.
     Syncing disks'
     Type cfdisk to make that partition
     bootable (then goto '[Bootable]', and press
     <ENTER>, that will put 'boot' at the line
     of /dev/sda. When finished press '[Write]',
     then 'yes' to save the result. Then '[Quit]'
     to finish.
13. -After that, if that works out successfully, type:
     to start installation
      -Your installation CD can be found on
       (if CD not found, go in VMWare to the
       menu 'Edit', disconnect the 'CD ROM'
       and connect it again, then go back
       to Slackware, and try again)
      -Choose the programs you want to install
      -Use 'T'arget to
       choose the partition on which to install
        e.g. /dev/sda
         You will have to format your /dev/sda disk, choose e.g. Ext2,
         the default Linux extension.
         and default 4096 inodes.
      -Choose e.g. 'newbie', then you will get the chance to install or
       not some individual packages.
14. Then the installation starts.
     Note: it might take a while before some files are loaded,
           pressing <ENTER> on the screen seemingly does not
           much, only the text on the screen scrolls up.
           So it is advised to wait a little there.
           It starts then to install the packages from
           'a', 'b', 'c', ..., to 'v', 'w', 'x', 'y' and 'z'.
           With packages that have to be installed (=required), you can
           not choose, they just pass by.
           By all the others (=optional) you can choose with
           'Y'es, 'N'o, or 'C'ancel installation.
    1. Select also a kernel, e.g. from CDROM,
       and choose the 'scsi.s/bzImage' kernel.
    2. I chose to skip a bootdisk
    3. I chose no modem
    4. I chose to enable hotplug
    5. *Important* I choose to install simple lilo
       (if you do not choose to install lilo,
        you will get a black screen after restart.
         ( Note: you can type
               later on the command line
                to install it again)
    6. Choose the standard console
    7. I chose to press <Enter> when asked for parameter
    8. I chose to install LILO in the MBR
    9. Mouse PS/2
   10. Yes to install gpm
   11. Yes to configure network
       1. Hostname (e.g. slackware)
       2. <ENTER> for domain name
       3. test for extra domainname
       4. static IP
          1. e.g.
          2. e.g.
          3. gateway left empty
          4. no for nameserver
          5. skip probing
          6. accept
          7. smtp for sendmail
   12. no for font testing
   13. no for hardware clock
   14. select time zone
   15. select Gnome as window manager
   16. set root password
   17. <ENTER>
   18. <OK>
   19. 'E'xit
   20. 'OK'
15. When finished, type for example <CTRL><ALT><INS> to reboot.
16. After restarting press <ENTER> in the lilo boot menu
17. So Linux Slackware v9 did start successfully here
18. Login (e.g. as root)
19. Type
     to start Gnome
20. It showed a very nice starting screen in
    high resolution immediately
21. Now install VMWare tools for a probably even
    better resolution
Internet: see also:
VMWare: Operating system: Linux: Install: How to install VMWare Tools?