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> I want to stop using Windows 95 and start using Linux (Slackware 3.3)
> but I have a bit of a problem.
> When I boot from a "fat32.s" (scsi) or "fat32.i" (ide) bootdisk the
> system just freezes on the line that it would normally say "Starting
> Windows 95" or "Starting MS-DOS". With the scsi disk (fat32.s) it says
> "LIL--" then freezes. But the "bare.i" disk loads fine, but as this is
> a Fat32 drive that disk isn't o.k.
> I plan on using "umsdos" to install Linux as I can't re-partition the
> 6 Gb hard drive without software such as Partition Magic (which I dont
> The computer is running Win95b (OSR2) with a 6 Gb Hard Drive (FAT32)
> If this has been asked before I am sorry but I have searched the Web,
> The newsgroups and the HOWTO's but I just can't find an answer.
I investigated the UMSDOS load of Slackware 3.3 for educational purposes
many weeks ago. I found, that I was unable to install to a 32 bit FAT.
I don't remember exactly where I got stuck (but I think I got farther than
you did). I did post exactly where I got stuck to the c.o.l.setup (or misc)
group at the time. If you have access to archives, you could search for
my name. Anyway, I'll recount what I can remember.
The only way I could get setup UMSDOS on a 32 bit FAT was convoluted.
You would need help from someone with a 16bit FAT.
What I did was load a basic system (just the A disks) to a 16bit FAT drive.
Then use PKZIP (or similar program) to zip it onto floppies. Then unzip it
to the drive with the 32 bit FAT. Then run SETUP to load the rest of the