trouble installing CentOS 5.3 (after failing with Fedora 8)
|[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]|
---background--- I have a small fixed ip network at home, running red hat 9 on twoamd k6 500 Mhz boxes. One has 256 M memory and the other 320 M. They pretty much meet my needs, but lately I have detected that the internet sites I frequent are requiring some more modern software than I can run. At the time this started I had no way to write a CD, so ordered a set of Fedora 8 disks. I picked an older version in recognition of my older, limited hardware. It turned out that F8 had a problem with amd processors, which was fixed in a respin but the set I had was the original release and the respins don't seem to be available. During the process of attempting to get the install to work I bought yet another old system, but this one running an intel processor and with a drive capable of burning CD's. (I had to replace a broken Win XP with RH9 to get to it, but it did give me capacity to burn CDs). F8 wouldn't install on that box because of hard disk problems. At this point I determined to abandon attempts with F8 and ordered a copy of CentOS 5.3,
the i386 version. --- end background --- The problem:The CentOS failed also. I could get the first screen up, offering choices of how to boot, and if I asked for memtest86 that would start.
However, any other choice resulted in a reboot (generally during loading of vmlinux). Sometimes the disk wouldn't be recognized as bootable.I have convinced myself that the disks are OK and that I must need either better hardware or more memory (but this is the i386 version of CentOS 5.3) or some parameter on the install that I haven't tried (and I've tried about all I have found or remember). I would appreciate any help.
Would it be considered bad behavior to also post this on the CentOS mailing list ?
What I've done so far:At first I thought that the disk must be bad (couldn't even run a mediacheck) and emailed the vendor. Then it occurred to me that I could perhaps download and burn disk 1of6 and use that to get the install started. I reaized that the process would be a bit "iffy" on a box with hard-disk problems, and also I had never burned a cd, but googled around for instructions and plunged in. I downloaded an ios, checked it with md5sum and it was OK. I copied it to the "new" computer via NFS and checked it again: OK. I burned a CD using cdrecord, and that appeared to work. The result behaved much like the original had. I tried two more times, varying stuff that I thought might affect the burn, and always got the same sort of behavior. Finally I tried mounting each of the four disks 1of6 I now had and copied (from /dev/cdrom rather than /mnt/cdrom, so as to avoid separating out the files) each to a separate directory and compared them. All three that I burned were identical. The "store bought" disk was a little larger, but compared OK up to EOF (and I recall reading that mass-produced disks might be different in their padding). So I am convinced now that there is nothing wrong with either the original or recently burned disks 1of6 and the problem must either be requiring better/more hardware (but this is the i386 version of cent OS) or some parameter on the install I have never heard of.
_______________________________________________ Redhat-install-list mailing list Redhat-install-list@xxxxxxxxxx https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/redhat-install-list To Unsubscribe Go To ABOVE URL or send a message to: redhat-install-list-request@xxxxxxxxxx Subject: unsubscribe