ok, I tried installing Slackware to the system I mentioned before (HP Netserver 5/66)
kernel panic: no init found or something of that sort. Had a HELL of a time getting the floppies to write correctly from gentoo, kept giving me problems. using the adaptec.s boot floppy it at least finally would boot to it, but as soon as I put in the install.1 rootdisk, it ceases working with a kernel panic error saying something about init...
this system won't boot from cdrom (tried the sbootmgr disk, but it didn't even see the scsi cdroms as options to boot from...though it had both scsi HDs... tried it with both my knoppix and slackware cds in it...=\
any ideas on what would be giving the kernel panic? (I've never messed with slackware, and my gentoo install was relatively painless...)