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Using Windows XP I copied the files onto the CD's...think that is what is the problem? I mean when I open mount the cd-rom in linux i see the files.
Yep, thats the problem. By doing that, it won't write to the boot sector of the CD or create some form of booting emulation. You have to do one more step. You need to make a bootdisk using rawrite. If you download an ISO image, it will work assuming you verify it by an md5sum program.
BTW, use tar files first. If they don't work than you can use RPM or SRC RPM files.
i wonder why you didn't burn the ISOs directly onto CDs
you could use fireburner, isobuster (I think), Nero, or any of those burning software applications. It will directly create the CDs for you which are also bootable and you don't have to deal with any bootdisks or whatsoever.
I believe that this is the usual way to use ISOs. At least this is how I've done it with every single ISO that I've downloaded
that is exactly the problem -- i made a batch of cds using my xp box and it didn't work.... it doesn't understand how to make the boot image --- unless you burn it directly from the isos using nero. XP blows anyways -- burn it off your linux box and you won't have any troubles....
another thing --- isobuster is a peice of junk --- just use ezcdcreator or nero to burn the isos... don't crack them open -- that's pointless... just download em from redhat's website, dump em in a folder, crank up ez-cdcreator and away you go.
BTW -- that drag and drop garbage that windows xp has is about as useful as nails in a tire. all it really is useful for is dumping stuff like text files and whatnot on a cd real quick -- but not for making something crutial like a linux cd.. lol