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I tried to make a Debian netinst install disc. I tried two different computers with multiple settings. I also tried different brands of CDs. All resulted in corruption. I am using AT&T Broadband (if it matters). I also tried two different CD drives on the future Linux Box. What am I doing wrong?
You could have a corrupted download. Checking the MD5 checksum would let you know if the .iso is corrupted. I can never be bothered to check MD5sums unless I'm getting a problem, so I prefer to download .isos with bittorrent. With good bittorrent clients, you can checked the integrity of the .iso (or any other file for that mater).
Burning at high speed can corrupt the .iso as well, try burning at a lower speed.
Last edited by cascade9; 06-10-2011 at 08:26 AM.
when you mount the resulting cd on your pc, which files are on it? tens of files, or just one named xxxxxx.iso?
if your answer is xxxxxx.iso, then it's your cd burning method that's wrong (see above comments).
to get a good iso, I always start from the distrib's web site, not some obscure forum url, etc ...
also, every distrib provides a way of verifying the integrity of the iso you downloaded before burning it to a cd/dvd
once the image is burned, you can do something if you have access to a linux machine: use dd to do a copy of your dvd to a file. I believe you get a file that is the exact copy of the original iso file. So you can then compare it to the original .iso file using diff command. If they're the same, you burned the cd correctly.
I tried the diff command and the CD matched the mounted disc image that matches the MD5 on Debian's website. The disc is perfect but it always gives me an error in mid-installation saying the disc is corrupted and it won't let me get farther then that.