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Im running VMware Server on Windows XP (Professional),i'm trying to install CentOS 4.4i836. I am able to boot run throught the initial setup. But when it actually installs the packages on my system it crashes and shuts down the installation. showing the error:
Starting graphical installtion . . .
install exited abnormally
sending terminatio signales . . .done
sending kill signals . . . done
disabling swap . . .
unmounting filesystems . ..
you my safely reboot your system
ISO that i am running is CentOS-4.4-i386-binDVD.iso
I've installed CentOS 4 in VMWare a couple of times and never had any problems like this. You say it happens when installing packages -- does it give you any errors about corrupt package files? Did you check the MD5 sum of the ISO you are using to make sure you didn't get a corrupt download? VMWare emulates pretty vanilla hardware and I've personally never had any issues with getting Linux to play nice with it.
When you download iso's there is generally a separate file that contains the proper checksum for the iso. The syntax would be md5sum *.iso. (replace the * with the name of the iso you are trying to check. If you have multiple iso, you could use the *.