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Did you run a media check (aka MD5SUM) on the disks prior to installation? If not, definitely do so, it could just be a simple matter that the image on CD 2 is corrupt. If you did run the check and all the disks passed, then are you sure that the system is really getting hung? Depending on the speed of your rig, there may be some delay between the time you insert the disk and the resumption of the installation process. -- J.W.
Well it's not truly dead, it's just that Redhat will discontinue support for it. If you install it, it will continue to work just fine, but you'll need to keep an eye out for any security updates, etc.
There are dozens of different distros out there, and the question "which one is best" is a 100% a matter of personal preference, sort of like arguing over which football team is the best or which rock band is the best. In any event one good central source for Linux distros is www.linuxiso.org Try out several and then choose the one that suits you best. -- J.W.
If the disks passed the media check, then there is no reason to think they are the culprit. What kind of machine do you have? Please provide the specs for the CPU, the amount of RAM, the disk drive(s), and the CD and mobo if you've got them. Possible causes are that you are just running very low on memory, or that your machine just isn't very speedy, or that you've run out of space on the disk drive. Along those lines, how did you partition your drive? -- J.W.
i had that same problem man.. just make sure your burning the iso correctly and that its the full disk 2 .. use nero ultra... do like open file and then click the disk 2 iso. then burn image. hopefully then it will work.
Pretty nice rig! Allocating 5G for Linux could possibly be a little on the skimpy side however, depending on how you partitioned the Linux space, and how much software you are attempting to install. It's possible that you may have used all of your physical disk space (thus halting the installation since there's no more room to write to). Did you allocate separate partitions for /home, /usr, /var, etc or did you just create a basic swap space and then a / partition, and furthermore, what amount of space did you allocate to each partition? Based on your description, I'll guess that you created a 256Mg swap partition and left the remaining 4.75G (approx) for the / partition (which is a fine choice for an initial installation). The point I'm trying to make is simply that perhaps one of your Linux partitions is full. If you can open a terminal session and get to the $ prompt, enter this command: df -h
That command will Display your Filesystems in a Human-readable format (hence, df -h) If you have partitions that are close or full to capacity, you will need to allocate more space to Linux. (Side note: when you are installing, you should be formatting the Linux partitions. If you don't, any data that's written to those partitions will be in addition to the data that's already stored there. If you are relatively new to Linux, and for a new installation, you generally want to start with a clean slate.)
During the Redhat installation you can choose which packages you want; if you are choosing the "Install Everything" type of option you might want to try the "Typical Config" or "Minimal Config" option. The idea is that if you can get the smaller installs setup correctly, then that would at least enable you to start using Linux.
I hope this helps, at least a little. If you post your partitioning scheme, and how much remaining space is left in each, that may reveal some additional clues. -- J.W.