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Old 05-04-2004, 11:40 AM   #1
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Angry Can't Install SuSE Linux 9.0


Hi,

I am running Windows ME, just got a new 122 Gb hard drive Saturday, copied all the crap needed to install SuSE Linux off of ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/9.0. I made boot floppies with /boot/bootdisk as well as all of the modules, i go to boot it, click insatall, and it says:

I/O Error
Error Reading From Disk
REBOOT

Every time I try. What do I do?
 
Old 05-04-2004, 11:57 AM   #2
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How did you built these floppies? In win? Did you use rawrite?
The packages are supposed to be downloaded DURING the install, not before.
Give more details.

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Old 05-04-2004, 12:14 PM   #3
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Sorry.
Yes, I did use rawritewin.
I just used WS_FTP Pro to copy the folder off of the ftp site, then copied the modules and the bootdisk image to floppies with rawritewin. And now I'm screwed.
 
Old 05-04-2004, 12:54 PM   #4
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The floppies won't boot ok? At which point the install hangs?
 
Old 05-04-2004, 01:31 PM   #5
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I insert my boot disk, restart my computer,it says SuSE Linux 9.0
Loading...

It shows the SuSE start page. Then there are a bunch of choices with a command line. I choose Installation. Then it says: Loading Kernel. At 22% it shows the error message.
 
Old 05-04-2004, 01:37 PM   #6
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Did you check the md5sum of the disk image you downloaded?
 
Old 05-04-2004, 01:38 PM   #7
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Sorry, I don't understand......I guess I'm too new.
 
Old 05-04-2004, 02:33 PM   #8
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No, it's me who should be sorry! I was too brief. Let me explain:
Files downlaoded from the internet have to be check for integrity, cause the file transfer can corrupt them.
In ordfer to avoid that you should do basically two things:
- Make sure you transfered the files in binary mode
- Check the md5sum of them

In the ftp program you use to download, check the option "Binary mode" to transfer files.
Install any md5sum program for windows and check the files. Md5sum are strings of characters generated by an algorythm, in order to certify the consistency of that file. If, after downloading, your md5sum is equal than the one supplied by the ftp server from where you downloaded the file, the conclusion is the files are identical. If not, the file is corrupted.

There are several free md5sum programs for windows. Install one and check your isos of the linuxes you downloaded.

After that, you can check the string of your files against the ones from here:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/9.0/MD5SUMS
 
Old 05-04-2004, 02:46 PM   #9
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OK. I downloaded md5summer, i checked \boot\bootdisk, it said "The parameter is incorrect" What do i do now? Sorry, I'm only 12 years old.
 
Old 05-04-2004, 02:50 PM   #10
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Or maybe if you told me exactly the right way to install it, it might work.
 
Old 05-04-2004, 05:00 PM   #11
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Ok, guyfromcanada, here you go the entire story:

I suppose there must be some problem in the floppy that you are using. In order to find out where is it,
you have to do the following:

1. Make sure the file you downloaded is ok. Is it the floppy image correct for the x86 architecture? "x86" is a common name for the pc, common computers. If you see "sparc", "ppc" or "alpha" on some file, folder or release, don't download these. They are not gonna work on pc. Stick to x86.
Somehwere inside the suse ftp you are led to enter some folder with these names, choose x86 (or i386, i586, are the same).

2. Make sure you are transfering with binary mode. Other modes will corrupt your iso.

3. Ince the download is finished, you have to check the md5sum. In a linux computer you type "md5sum somefile.iso" and the md5 program will output something like 2womdidwdji9433489dkdk00sd9fdd77s stuff (32 bit long characters). Every ftp (well, the decent ones...) supplies, together with files, their mdsum's. It's a way to check if the download was ok. Think of md5sum's as signatures. Every file has its unique string.

4. I don't know exactly how does md5summer, but all you have to get from it is a string of chars. Then you compare with that from suse's ftp. If they are equal, the file is ok.

5. If the file is ok, just build the floppies using rawritewin.

6. If the floppies are still giving errors, you should consider changing floppies. If you can test the floppies in another computer, is a good thing.

7. If you can burn cd's, try downloading the boot.img cd (~49MB) from suse ftp, and do a ftp install from it. It's faster and easier than with floppies.

8. Post again if everything fails. Be patient: you will make it.

9. Don't mind your age. You are welcome here!
 
Old 05-04-2004, 05:37 PM   #12
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Answers to your solution:

1. I checked the files that I downloaded. They're fine.

2. I transferred the files in auto mode (Binary and/or Text)

3. I checked the md5sum. It's ok.

4. I compared the boot files at ftp.suse.com. They are the same.

5. I used rawritewin. Still didn't work.

6. I changed floppies. Same error.

7. I burned the iso. Wouldn't boot. (BIOS does accept boot from cd)

8. I am posting again because it failed. I am patient.

9. Thank you for welcoming me.
And THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND HELP!


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Old 05-04-2004, 05:43 PM   #13
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Maybe I could start from scratch using an easier distribution, or do it a different way. I want a free version though. Maybe you could give me a walkthrough.
 
Old 05-04-2004, 06:41 PM   #14
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There are distros that can be booted and used right from the cd. Knoppix is one of them. Knoppix is said to be easy. Take a look at knoppix. If you can boot and use from the cd, you can have a linux experience in short time, and in a less invasive way, cause you don't have to install on the disk.

This is not the "undisputable truth", but we use to recommend these two distros for beginners:

Mandrake Linux is aimed at being user-friendly. Indeed, it was my first.
http://www.linuxiso.org/distro.php?distro=29

Also, you can try Fedora:
http://www.linuxiso.org/distro.php?distro=64

Once you succeeded in installing one, stick to it for some time. Don't try others until you are familiar with one.

Feel free to post again at any time!
 
Old 05-05-2004, 09:07 PM   #15
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Ok. So I decided to try Red Hat Linux 9.0. So I get the bootdisk.img file as well as the 3 .iso files. They are stored on my computer on my 2nd hard drive at D:\Redhat. I put the disk in, and reboot. everything loads fine, exept the disk can't find my .iso files. How do I get it to recognize them?
 
  


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