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Old 10-27-2003, 11:48 PM   #1
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Installing Linux on a new computer...


I just built my new computer,X533 2.2 celeron 256 pc2100 ram 80 gig wd cd and tape. I've inserted the redhat install cd and started it up. There is no display and the my keyboard doesn't work. The keyboard isn't usb. I've tried making a boot floppy (using bootdisk.img on the rh cd), but nothing happens. The floppy led is on when I start it. I've tried two different video cards.

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Old 10-27-2003, 11:51 PM   #2
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do you have the bios set to boot off the CD-ROM or HD or some other device??
 
Old 10-28-2003, 12:44 AM   #3
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The floppy led is on when I start it.
This may not be good. Possibly the floppy connection is connected wrong.
The first PC I built promptly destroyed 3 different boot disks because I plugged the floppy cable in wrong way.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 06:55 PM   #4
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I checked my floppy conection (before I posted) and it was the wrong way. I fixed it and same problem, but the floppy LED came on.

Muddy- I can't change anything in the bios because I have no video displayed. I don't know what it's set as.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 09:27 PM   #5
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I checked my floppy conection (before I posted) and it was the wrong way. I fixed it and same problem
My experience was that the floppies I attempted to use when the cable was not connected correctly were trashed. Make new copies of any floppies you tried when the cable was wrong.
Try stuff like the Tom's Linux boot disk and a Windows or DOS boot floppy to confirm the computer boots correctly at all. Troubleshoot CD problems after that.

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Old 10-28-2003, 09:37 PM   #6
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well if you cant get into the bios, you need to fix your hardware problems b4, trying to install linux.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 10:17 PM   #7
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I've unpluged EVERYTHING except the floppy and it still didn't work. On my floppy cable, on one connector, there is a filled in hole for a pin. It's the third from the left, on the top when the red wire is to the left. This fits into the MB, but not into the floppy. Only the other connector works. The floppy has no pin the SECOND from the left. I bought the barebone on ebay from someone in canada, and bought the floppy drive here in texas. The drive is a sony. I successfully booted from the boot disk on a different computer.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 10:53 PM   #8
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You have the main board cable connection correct.
Is the red stripe on the floppy cable towards the power connection?
What exactly do you see when you attempt to boot up?
Can you get into the BIOS config?
 
Old 10-29-2003, 08:33 PM   #9
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thank you everyone who replied, it turned out the floppy calbe was the wrong way, despite that i thought i tried both ways. Thanks.
 
Old 10-30-2003, 12:58 AM   #10
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Glad you got it fixed.
Good Luck with your software install.
 
  


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