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I am trying to install the Radhat 7.3 package onto a Dell 4700 that was previously loaded with WinXP Pro.
CD Boots OK, hit enter for default Linux install, after about a screen full of Hardware descriptions, system hangs, cursor stops blinking, keyboard dead. 100% repeatable, even with various install options tried, eg "linux noprobe".
Stops at the same spot every time;
hde: Maxtor 6Y080M0, ATA
(then slight pause)
ide at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq14
Any hints? Could it be a faulty install CD? I have tried reformatting HD to remove WinXp, removed all other partitions to create one partition as well, all to no avail.
Let me guess: You got the 7.3 CDs from a book in a library or used bookstore? Because years ago, that's how I had my first taste of Linux.
If you lack CD-burning hardware (laptop and all), downloading the other distros recommended might not be as easy as simply buying a copy of disks online, they only cost a few dollars. Also, buying a book (at a new book store) often includes CDs and a handy manual to answer all your beginner's questions. I know Fedora is often seen in bookstors this way.
As a reminder to those out there looking to spread Linux; your tax dollars already pay for books at the library, and they buy books based on patron's recommendations. Why not grab a few slips the next time you're there and fill them out for the latest books about Linux distros which include CDs? Perhaps a few manuals you've been itching for while you're at it. Nothing like taking advantage of a free information-sharing system to share free software1