How to prepare Slax for CD
Slax for CD is a Slax
distribution in ISO format. In fact, the ISO file you
download from this site is a complete image of the CD.
For that reason, you have to burn it in a special way;
it won't work if you burn the iso just like a regular
file. So to burn it properly, start your favourite
CD-writing software and find "Burn image" or "Burn
CD iso image" option. It could be hidden somewhere in
the menu because people usually don't need to use this
option. Sometimes you will need to change the filetype
filter to *.* else you won't be able to see your .iso,
as your burning software may look for a different file
extension as default. The resulting CD will be
bootable, you don't need to specify that feature
Note: Some archiving
programs (for example winrar) could associate the .iso
extension for itself, so it may seem like slax.iso
would be an compressed archive. But don't believe this.
Don't unpack the archive! Burn the ISO as described
above else you will lose the bootability.
Steps to boot from Slax CD
All new computers
support booting from the CD, but almost all of them are
looking for the operating system on the harddisk only.
Your goal is to force your computer to use the CDROM
instead. There are three ways how to do it:
1. The first one is
supported on many motherboards. Your computer can allow
you to boot from the CD once (only for this time) by
pressing a special key (usually F11, F2 or F10) during
the memory checks (very soon after the computer's power
2. The second method is to
setup your box to permanently look for a boot-CD at
first, and try to boot from the harddisk only if no CD
is found. Again, you have to press some key during the
startup (usually Del key), which will allow you to
enter BIOS SETUP. There you can go through some menus
and look for "Advanced settings", "Boot order" or "Boot
options". Set CDROM as a first device and harddisk as a
All the keystrokes
mentioned above are usually written at the computer's
display at the time you can press them, or you may find
them in the documentation of your motherboard.
3. Third way how to boot
from the CD is by starting DOS and using linux.bat
program from Slax CD.
difference between Slax for CD and Slax for
Both the variants are
exactly the same. The only difference is in the
distribution format. ISO is prepared for people who
need a bootable CD. TAR is for people who need to
extract the contents to disk. But as mentioned, the
Slax inside is completely the same. You don't need to
download Slax for USB if you have the ISO and you know
how to extract it's content. Also, you don't need to
download ISO, if you have tar and you know how to make
a bootable CD from it.