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Old 09-13-2003, 02:20 AM   #1
mprsilva
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Question Creating a bootable install disk


Well here is my problem:
I have a Athlon XP+ 2400 with a SOYO Dragon Platinum MB and i have 2 HDs Seagate Barracuda 80Gb in RAID 0 mode, the inboard RAID controller is the hpt372, and ive been unable to install any distro on this box.....
Then ive heard that from kernel 2.4.21 on, my RAID controller is already supported so ive been thinking if the following is possible:
Can i create a compiled 2.4.22 kernel image and from it create a bootable disk from which i could run the redhat instalation?
is that possible at all? if the answer is yes; how?
I am about to throw my pc through the window already!
If anyone could help me, i would be most grateful!

thanks!
 
Old 09-13-2003, 09:25 AM   #2
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brrr.... not easy:

What you need is to provide a disk with the RAID controller driver to the installation process. Much like when installing W2K/NT and you get asked for a disk from other manufacturer.

Check Dell Poweredge forums. (google: delltalk)
 
Old 09-13-2003, 11:47 PM   #3
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believe me, ive already tried.
Im trying also with a bootable instalation floppy, but with a recompiled 2.4.19 kernel that ive downloaded from the internet. All i wanted is to try with the 2.4.22 but i dont know how to do the disk, if anyone knows how to create a RH 8/9 bootable instalation disk and can help me, i would appreciate the help!
I dont know anything else to try.....
 
Old 09-14-2003, 01:31 AM   #4
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I don't understand why you'd want to do this.

I'm a newbie and it was easy to install Redhat on my Athlon 600.

I was confused at first but basically the CD images are bootable. I used a Mac to make the CDs so I don't know if it's exactly the same for you but basically the RedHat files are Disk Images. You have to mount them as you would a disk and then burn them. (I wrongly thought you made a disk image, copied the file to that image and burned it.)

Once you have CDs burned you have to boot to the CD. You do this on my machine by holding down the Delete key during the boot process until the Bios screen comes up. From there you can change the boot order of your disks. PCs usually come with this as the default boot order:

floppy
c drive

Normally if there is no floppy the machine will automatically try to boot from the next available drive.

You need to change floppy to CD so the order is:

CD
c drive

From there you return to the boot process. The RedHat screen comes up and gives you a choice of graphic or command line install. The graphic is pretty easy it's what I used. It is much easier if you are putting Linux on it's own hard drive. You must create a root partition to hold the system. That was the hardest part. I had to do it three times to make a partition large enough to install almost all the options because there is no advice when you make the partitions. You must also create a swap partition.

If this helps I'll try my best to answer any more questions.
 
Old 09-14-2003, 01:36 AM   #5
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I have to do this because the kernel that comes with RH9 is incompatible with my RAID controller, hpt372, so i need to install linux with a compatible kernel (2.4.21 and later). So YES, Ive already tried to follow the standard install and NO I was not successfull on the attempt.

So this is why I need the bootable install disk....
 
Old 09-14-2003, 06:35 AM   #6
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RedHat used to had an utility named 'mkbootdisk'
Try and see if it still ships with it.

Also try to find a RH Advanced Server 2.1 Boot Disk on internet.

Read:

http://www.linux.se/doc/HOWTO/Bootdisk-HOWTO/index.html

http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug.../msg00026.html
 
  


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