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Old 07-08-2003, 10:13 PM   #1
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boot disk problems


hello newb here,

I am trying to install red hat 9 with XP for dual booting. I got XP to install and work. I have a 20 gig hdd. partitioned 9 gigs for windows left the rest unpartitioned. I downloaded the red hat 9 shrike disks from the red hat site. I cant get my computer to boot with the redhat cd 1 but it boots from the XP cd, so i know its not my puter. So, I downloaded a floppy bootdisk.img from the redhat site. i used the rawrite proggie to copy the img to floppy. Then rebooted puter to load from a:\. I get to the boot: option. and nothing happens. i wait a minute then it says boot failed please insert another disk. or something like that. Tried typing in linux mediacheck and it did something for a few seconds and said the same thing. Spent a couple hours searching around the web for help. Please help. I love linux M$ bad.. very bad... linux rulez M$ bad Thanks for everything
 
Old 07-09-2003, 02:38 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

When you first put XP on your system, and it booted from the XP disc, it's possible that it did that because there was no other option to boot. Check the boot order in the BIOS and make sure you have the CDROM that you are placing the discs in as the first boot device.

Also, look at the discs contents in windoze and verify there is more than 1 file on each disc, that it's not just the downloaded iso file. If you burn the CD's in windoze, and don't use the software to burn them as images (not data) then it will only copy the single iso file to the disc, and not burn it as a bootable disc image as it should, containing multiple files and directories.

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Old 07-09-2003, 03:40 AM   #3
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MasterC you are NOT ONLY Master on C
Agree
But still one thing.
XYNaPSE, how did you make your floppy boot disk? It would be strange if you could not boot from a correct floppy. May I draw your attention to teh following address, where there is information on making the boot disk:
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http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...EPS-MAKE-DISKS
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Try again to make the boot disk and see whether it boot.

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Old 07-09-2003, 03:43 AM   #4
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Thank you I'm afraid my username is a bit mis-leading, and when I signed up with it, I was completely unaware of this, really. You see, I know ABSOLUTELY NO programming whatsoever. Most of the time, I'm lucky to pull up a shell script that works I've been fortunate enough to find a few threads for super-ultra-newbie programmers, this helps me quite a bit in a pinch.



Just an FYI

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Old 07-09-2003, 02:57 PM   #5
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Thanks guys for your interest and help in my post.
I made every option in my BIOS to boot from the cd just so i didnt get confused. It still says invalid disk. I only have one cdrom and one hdd. I used Nero burning rom to burn the iso. I canceled the wizard and burned as image. I burned at 24X. I made my floppy boot disk by going to the redhat site and downloading the bootdisk.img and using the rawrite utility. that worked fine. but when i boot from the disk it seems everything is going well until i hit enter. then i run in to problems. the only thing i can think of is maybe its trying to boot up linux instead of the installation cd. Maybe i downloaded the wrong isoz. I downloaded all 3 of the shrike SRPMS-discs.iso. Should i have downloaded the shrike-i386.isoz.
Arent those for intel machines. Im no hardware genius but i dont think i have intel. I have amd athlon XP 1800+ soyo dragon plus motherboard, nvidia geforce 2 ultra video card. Last night i tried downloading the isoz again then i ran the md5sum test and they were ok. Still no boot no installation no redhat no linux no life Thanks for your help
 
Old 07-09-2003, 08:12 PM   #6
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Yes, that is likely going to be your problem. The i386.iso images are for x86 architecture, which is the most common in the PC. Your XP 1800 is that architecture.

The CD's you have is for creating a more customized system after you've installed RH.

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Old 07-10-2003, 04:01 AM   #7
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woohoo! thanks man. I got it working this forum is cool. Im here with Mozilla. I remember reading somewhere that the i386 isoz were for intel. And i thought intel was only with pentium. Oh well its working now. Its kinda slow though. So i guess ill either search for some linux drivers or uninstall and reinstall everything again. I also need a boot disk to boot it up. Id rather have it were i can select which OS to load without a boot disk. Thanks again.
 
Old 07-10-2003, 12:32 PM   #8
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You're welcome, glad I could help

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