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Old 10-11-2004, 07:32 PM   #1
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Question First time Whitebox install, please help


Hello all,

This is my first time ever installing anykind of Linux OS on a computer. A friend told me Whitbox is very simple and my best bet. I'm installing it on an older computer. E-machine w/ intel celeron 600mhz cpu and nothing else very special about it. hey, free computer you know?

anyway, I deleted all the partitions on my 120gig WD HD (all 8000 mp3s included :\ ) and I'm about to write zeros to it.

I have no luck what-so-ever at begining this install.

at first i was getting missing NTLDR error when I tried to boot off hte CD

then I downloaded a bootdisk: bare.i (was this even needed?)
and it would hang at a "freeDOS" promt.

So this is where I am at. I have the .iso ready to install, but they arent installing and my BIOS is set to boot from the CD-ROM first.
whenever I try to use a boot disk to possibly get started it also doesnt seem to help.

I'm kinda lost here, please help guys!!
 
Old 10-11-2004, 07:49 PM   #2
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How did you burn the iso? It sounds like a non bootable cd, improperly burned cd, or a corrupt iso. From your info it appears that the cd is being bypassed and you're machine is try to boot from the hard disk. The missing NTLDR error looks like a hard disk error to me. Check your media, and check your iso against an md5sum.
good luck.
 
Old 10-11-2004, 07:56 PM   #3
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I got the .iso files from here:
ftp://ftp.esat.net/mirrors/whiteboxl...1/en/iso/i386/

i downloaded the binary files 1-3

and i burned them with the program alcohol 120%


im not exactly sure what you mean by the md5sum

when i looked at the file, the output was this:
dcb6b88da08128edc9ff8658b2cd313e liberation-rc1-binary-1.iso
e3c0dcdbb251798f0925a31da569a9dd liberation-rc1-binary-2.iso
9265990543c280701427464f3f2ae213 liberation-rc1-binary-3.iso
32c0c98b2fd8de472ced8e3f9baf8274 liberation-rc1-source-1.iso
ede1ac2b1e8bdfdaf756d84928aa4316 liberation-rc1-source-2.iso
ecc629fd5fe9c33c2a2c54961e2674fa liberation-rc1-source-3.iso

^bunch of jibberish to me, thanks for your help though
 
Old 10-11-2004, 08:07 PM   #4
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hi there,

some older computers refuse to boot from cd , even if you are able to choose so in the bios. ( i have one of them ).
maybe you could try this tool : http://linux.simple.be/tools/sbm
( it helped me out some time ago .)
it gives you a menu to choose the bootdevice.

egag
 
Old 10-11-2004, 08:30 PM   #5
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i downloaded it and it says to remove the disk or other media press any key to restart with that boot disk, any more ideas guys?
 
Old 10-11-2004, 08:44 PM   #6
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well...that floppy should boot for sure.....
did you use rawrite or smth. like that to create the floppy ?

egag
 
Old 10-12-2004, 08:23 AM   #7
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i burned them with the program alcohol 120%
Did you burn the image file, or just burn the iso onto a disk, there is a difference? This may help.

http://support.alcohol-soft.com/en/k...ing+Your+Image

good luck.
 
Old 10-12-2004, 12:06 PM   #8
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ok just so that you know, it was the computer itself. the cd rom drives werent being read for some reason.
I took out the hard drive and put it on my windows machine and tried to install whitebox there...but the disk kept failing.
so i then tried slackware 10 ....holy crap. i gave up this morning with that one...

so then i tried whitebox again, same cd and all

and guess what?

so far...this OS is cool as hell!

im so glad i finally made the switch.

thanks for all your help guys, im sure i'll have more questions later!

-matt
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