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Hello , I wondered if anyone can help. I pulled out an old PC that used to run Windows 98. I placed a new hard drive into it as the old hard drive was missing. I attempted to install Red Hat 9 and have even attempted installing Mandriva One but when I get my PC to boot from CD ROM (via BIOS settings)using either Red Hat 9 disk or Mandriva, the PC reads the disk and appears to reset itself back to the beginning of my PC starting up. I have tried several times to no avail. I know that my PC will boot up using a windows disk as I have tried a Window 98 disk. I did not complete the windows 98 installation because the disk is corrupt (scratches all over it and the PC is unable to load certain files because of this).
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How old is this PC? Do you know its specs? Does the PC have a floppy disk drive?
What is the size of the new hard drive. Depending on the age of the PC the BIOS might not be able to handle >32 or >128 GB drives.
Have you configured the drive jumpers correctly? i.e. master / slave / cable select?
Depending on the age of the PC the CDROM drive might not be able to read larger capacity CDs i.e. 700MB. or might have problems reading some CD-Rs.
The drive might not be able to read the CD.
Try creating a boot floppy.
Use the winrawrite.exe in windows or rawrite.exe for DOS utility to create a boot disk using the boot.img file in the /images directory on the 1st CD.
I used rawrite.exe for DOS utility and made a floppy using the "bootdisk.img" found under the images folder on CD1. I haven't used winrawrite.exe Windows but I supposed this doesn't matter. I have checked this on my other PC that uses XP Home edition and that PC successfully detects the CD from Boot up, so I know its not a CD problem
So when you tried the Red Hat 9 CD in the old computer CDROM drive it would not boot, but in the newer machine the same CD will boot up? This sounds like a bad CDROM drive in the old computer. I have had this happen before. Old CDROMS can have trouble reading modern CD's. Can you borrow the cdrom from the newer machine just for the install?
Also, Red Hat 9 is going to be a bear to run on an 11 year old computer. That is either a Pentium running at maybe 200mhz, or a PII at 366mhz. If the memory is the same vintage it is unlikely it has more than 64meg of ram. KDE and Gnome will bog it down. Your hard drive is going to get real full too.
Try Damn Small Linux, or Vector Linux Standard Edition (not SOHO). One of those will be alot more useable. They use Fluxbox or IceWM instead of KDE for the default desktop, and both are alot of fun.