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As a long time Windows user, I decided to finally give the other guys a chance and scheduled this weekend to get a Linux box up and running.
After some poking around, I decided to get the Red Hat 9 ISOs and burn them myself. I did it with Easy CD Creator on an old Win NT 4 machine (following the instructions at linuxiso.org I found, sorry but can't post exact URL yet apparently), and it seemed like all went OK.
I was very thrilled when I inserted CD1 in the target machine and it booted from CD to give me the menu. The first thing I tried was "linux mediacheck". It got all the way through to "running /sbin/loader" and then seemed stuck forever.
The CD-ROM was doing a lot of activity, though, so I switched the console views around to see what was going on. On console 3 the last mesage is:
* mntloop loop0 on /mnt/runtime as /mnt/source/RedHat/base/stage2.img fd is 8
(As an aside, this machine has no floppy drive, and I've configured the BIOS to reflect this.)
On console 4, there are a lot of messages that look like CD-ROM read problems, such as:
Newbie failed to burn CD correctly perhaps because he did not check the md5 sum of the ISO files and the download itself was corrupt.
The long and the short of it is that if the media check fails, then your media isn't good. That is, after all, the whole point of the media check . Check the md5 sum of the ISOs you already have, if they match, then reburn the CDs;
if they don't redownload, check again, then reburn the CDs when the MD5 dums do match.
I did do the MD5 check, and the three ISOs passed, so I don't think that's it.
I just discovered that the CD is readable on Windows machines (something I didn't expect). However, I also have trouble accessing some files on the Windows machines, so it looks like the CD is the culprit one way or the other. I'll just have to try again.
One quick question: Am I missing 3 CDs? There were three other ISO images in there (all with SPRMS in the name), but I didn't grab them. Should I have?