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Old 03-03-2010, 05:04 PM   #1
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CD not found when installing RHEL 5.4 on HP Proliant DL380 G3 - HELP!


Hi everyone,

OK, I've been asked by my boss to install RHEL 5.4 onto a HP Proliant DL380 G3 which we have here. Now I'm a total linux newbie but can figure my way around most things but this has got me stumped.

I have downloaded the RHEL 5.4 i386 DVD iso and burnt it OK. But when I boot from the CD in the server it doesn't recongise it. I put the DVD into any other server/PC and it boots fine. The server also boots fine from other CDs'DVDs?

Anyway, I thought I would try the boot.iso instead so I burnt this and the DL380 boots fine. I try the default install option, select country/keyboard layout/ select local CDROM as the install type and this is the problem now.

It ejects the boot CD so I put in the RHEL 5.4 DVD and it keeps saying:-

the red hat enterprise linux server cd was not found in any of your cdrom drives

I have reburnt the DVD and same problem. I have also tried creating a VM with the DVD and this boots and installs fine in VMWare so I know the DVD is good.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Andy
 
Old 03-03-2010, 05:28 PM   #2
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Hi everyone,

OK, I've been asked by my boss to install RHEL 5.4 onto a HP Proliant DL380 G3 which we have here. Now I'm a total linux newbie but can figure my way around most things but this has got me stumped.

I have downloaded the RHEL 5.4 i386 DVD iso and burnt it OK. But when I boot from the CD in the server it doesn't recongise it. I put the DVD into any other server/PC and it boots fine. The server also boots fine from other CDs'DVDs?

Anyway, I thought I would try the boot.iso instead so I burnt this and the DL380 boots fine. I try the default install option, select country/keyboard layout/ select local CDROM as the install type and this is the problem now.

It ejects the boot CD so I put in the RHEL 5.4 DVD and it keeps saying:-

the red hat enterprise linux server cd was not found in any of your cdrom drives

I have reburnt the DVD and same problem. I have also tried creating a VM with the DVD and this boots and installs fine in VMWare so I know the DVD is good.

Any ideas?
Yes, but they all stink.

First, I've seen this before. Happens when the installation routine somehow loses its mind, and 'forgets' where it booted from. No matter what you do, it won't access the CD/DVD drive again. I've gone past this one of three ways...and again, they stink.
  1. I boot from the DVD, but have a USB DVD drive with ANOTHER copy of the DVD in it. Strangely, it picks up the USB drive and installs fine (but slower)
  2. I boot from the DVD, but use the "Install from Net" option, and either grab everything from the Internet (openSUSE does that, at least), or from another server.
  3. You boot from USB DVD, and do it from there.

This will work, but the installation takes forever, compared to installing from DVD.
 
Old 03-03-2010, 05:30 PM   #3
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The DL380 G3 comes with a 24x cd drive by default, does yours have a cd drive or a dvd drive ?
 
Old 03-03-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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The DL380 G3 comes with a 24x cd drive by default, does yours have a cd drive or a dvd drive ?
Oh my god! I think we have a winner!

That is just scary man, I never even thought to check that as the DL380 G3's I last dealt with all had DVD drives in them, must have been shipped that way, but this one has a CD. Never even crossed my mind!

Just downloading the CD iso's now.

Only been in this job here a couple of weeks and its a total shock to the system. I previously came from a large IT corporate in the UK who had all the latest hardware, blade servers, ES7000 VMware ESX farms etc, and now come here to find out its all chronicly old kit, and they use a lot of flavours of Unix/Linux which they "forgot" to tell me at the interview and I've never dealth with linux before so its a crash course. I just assumed that because it booted from the HP Smartstart (CD), boot image (CD) and Windows server (CD) that it was the Linux ISO (DVD) that was the problem.

Thanks. I'll report back if the CD works
 
Old 03-04-2010, 12:14 PM   #5
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The DL380 G3 comes with a 24x cd drive by default, does yours have a cd drive or a dvd drive ?
Yeah, nice catch indeed.

I've always just worked around it, but I've only dealt with this particular thing once in a work environment (went with net install), and twice at home (USB drive solutions, where I didn't have to spend MY money )
 
Old 03-04-2010, 03:11 PM   #6
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Yep we have a winner. It was a CD drive only and not DVD.

Stupid problem and I feel stupid for asking about it now

Weird how you take things for granted isn't it. Every server/PC I've worked on for the last probably 5 years has just automatically had a DVD drive so it never even crossed my mind that it would be this. Thank you so much for giving me some common sense

Downloaded the ISOs and its installed working fine!

THANKS!
 
Old 03-04-2010, 09:20 PM   #7
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Good idea to mark this as solved then; could help a few others out.
 
Old 03-04-2010, 09:21 PM   #8
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Done! Thanks again!
 
  


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