Loadlin is a DOS program designed to load the Linux kernel and boot
it. In the \LINUX directory you'll find these files:
||The loadlin loader executable.
||A simple DOS batch file to boot Linux using LOADLIN.EXE.
||A Linux kernel, with support for SCSI and IDE devices.
You can use the provided vmlinuz kernel (a generic kernel with support
for many devices that will work for most machines), or you can use
another Linux kernel of your choosing by copying it to \LINUX\vmlinuz
over the existing file. Slackware includes a large collection of
precompiled kernels in its \kernels directory, any of which will
To boot the system, you'll need to edit the LINUX.BAT file, and make
sure the root=/dev/XXXX statement on the loadlin line (the one that's
not commented out with 'rem') is set up to use the partition where you
unzipped ZIPSLACK.ZIP, such as /dev/sda4. If you're not sure which
partition to use, just go ahead and guess. If you get it wrong, you'll
still be able to use scrollback (right shift key and PageUp) when the
kernel halts to go back and look at your partitions, noting the names
Linux gives them. With this information, you should be able to edit the
LINUX.BAT file correctly.
Once LINUX.BAT is edited, you can try to boot the system by entering
LINUX on a prompt while in the \LINUX directory. IMPORTANT: You'll need
to be in DOS mode for the boot to work. A DOS prompt running under
Windows 95 will not work! What you need to do if you use Windows 95 is
shut the machine down, selecting the Restart in MS-DOS Mode
selection. Then, you'll be able to use Loadlin. You can also make a
Windows 95 Startup disk and boot from that, then run LINUX from the
If it doesn't work, the problem could be DOS memory management.
Sometimes both HIMEM.SYS and EMM386.EXE are needed to get LOADLIN to load
a large kernel. If you are having problems, try adding these two programs
to your CONFIG.SYS file.
You can also run LOADLIN directly. Here is a sample boot command
used to boot Linux on /dev/sda4 in read-write mode using the kernel file
loadlin vmlinuz root=/dev/sda4 rw