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Old 12-20-2003, 05:34 PM   #1
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suse 9.0 ftp failure


I know this has been addressed in other threads, but I have tried the solutions offered and they do not work.

I am trying to install suse 9.0 through the ftp server and I am having troubles.

I dl'd the iso and burned the cd. I then booted by cd and went through all the steps other users have said to go throught. I have tried selecting the install, then entering in the boot options field:

install=ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386

(I also attempted to use the IP address for ftp.suse.com)

I have also tried the mirrors.

the install stops and tells me that it failed. I then use the manual install, I select the proper network card for my system, enter the ip address, I then recieve the error:

Error while accessing the FTP server
Failed to connect to ftp server

I have a cable modem going through netgear router. Could this be the problem? Has anyone else had this problem?

I could really use some help on this, thank in advance for any assistance.

Keeage
 
Old 12-20-2003, 06:38 PM   #2
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I doubt it's a problem with the router but could be possibly your hardware used as your NIC. What kind of ethernet card is it? Is it detecting it properly during the installation before it asks to connect to the ftp site?
 
Old 12-20-2003, 06:43 PM   #3
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If you are doing the manual installation, I think you will have to load the correct module for your ethernet card. There should be a box come up that will allow you to make this selection. Be sure you load the module before trying to connect to the ftp site.
 
Old 12-20-2003, 06:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the response, the card is a:

3Com 10/100 Base - TX
3C905 B-txnm

When doing the manual install I go into the kernal modules to select the card. The option I choose is:

3c90X: 3Com 3c90x/3c980 B/C series

Was that the right selection?

Thanks in advance

Keeage
 
Old 12-20-2003, 08:21 PM   #5
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keeage, Are you entering the full path for the download? I noticed in your 1st post the address as being "ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386". You need to put current at the end--ie "ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/current".
 
Old 12-20-2003, 08:33 PM   #6
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I just retried it, no luck. I selected installation then typed:

install=ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/current

hit enter, waited a while, then got:

Could not find the suse linux installation source
Activating manual setup program.

Does this help at all?

Keeage
 
Old 12-20-2003, 08:41 PM   #7
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keeage, I'm just as new to this as you are, but I'm quite sure you will have to choose the manual setup to download the disto. As I remember, this option must be selected and then complete the instructions that follow and enter the ftp address when prompted.

The source that it could not find is probably a cd that it could not find.
 
Old 12-22-2003, 12:56 PM   #8
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I have tried both ways to install this. I am about to bring out the hammer!!

I went through the steps someone had been kind enough to post earlier that showed how to go through the manual install, but I cannot connect to the server.

I am not at the house right now so I can't post the exact error message that I receive.

Has anybody else had this problem?
 
Old 12-22-2003, 01:16 PM   #9
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Here's a helpful link:

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=review-suse

I tried to explain the installation setup but this review does it much better than me.
 
Old 12-22-2003, 01:25 PM   #10
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Mary

Thanks for the link, I will you this link when I get back to the house. I was wondering, the link describes installing SuSE 8.0 is it the same for 9.0 or should I try 8.0 instead?

Keeage
 
Old 12-22-2003, 06:56 PM   #11
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I am really trying here!! This is not working for me. I chosen to do a manual install. I select the proper NIC (I hope). I select to use DHCP then enter the IP address (I have tried several) I am asked if I want to use a HTTP proxy and selected no.

The error I receive is:

Error while accessing the FTP server
Failed to connect to FTP server

Could this be a bad .iso image?

I appreciate all the suggestions, and I will keep trying

Keeage
 
Old 12-22-2003, 07:36 PM   #12
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keeage

When it asks you for the IP address of the ftp. are you using the numeric IP address or are you entering "ftp.suse.com".

You need to be entering the numeric address which is "195.135.221.130".

Sorry you are having so much trouble.
 
Old 12-22-2003, 08:16 PM   #13
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Yes I am entering a numeric address

Here is what I am doing, if it helps.

Booting with CD
Select English language
select english keyboard
Goto Kernal modules==> select my NIC==>Back out to menu
start installation
start installation
select network install
select FTP
Auto Config via DHCP==>Yes
enter IP address==>140.221.9.138
Do you want to specify a username and password==>No
Do you want to use a HTTP proxy==>No
Trying to connect to the FTP Server==>this is were it fails and I recieve:
Error while accessing the FTP server
Failed to connect to FTP server

My only thought is a problem with the NIC but I currently have Redhat installed and I am trying to install over it. I can use redhat to access the net and to ping the ip address that I am entering. I have described the NIC earlier in this thread and I beleive I am selecting the proper one.

Any input will be appreaciated.

Thanks

Keeage
 
Old 12-22-2003, 08:52 PM   #14
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Please read the following and see if this answers any questions and helps in your download. If it doesn't work after reading and following the instructions given here, let me know and I will be happy to burn you all 5 images and mail them to you for an install.


Setting up the FTP installation process
Some preparation is needed in those cases where you won't have an access to another Internet-connected computer during the installation. First get to the SuSE mirrors page and choose one that is nearest you. Click on it to make sure it's active and that it contains the SuSE 8.0 directory. You will need to write down the exact path, for example: ftp://ftp.suselinux.hu/pub/suse/i386/8.0/. You will also need to find out the IP address of this mirror. This you can do from either a Windows or a Linux machine by typing "ping ftp.suselinux.hu" on the command line. The command will give you the IP information -- in case of ftp.suselinux.hu, the IP address is 195.38.96.124. Write it down.

Now you are ready to start the installation. Insert the SuSE boot CD and reboot your computer. You will be presented with what looks like a standard SuSE boot menu, except that there are some extra options for more advanced installation settings. Simply select the appropriate screen resolution by pressing one of the corresponding F-keys, then press Enter to proceed. If you don't make any decisions here, the installation process will begin automatically in about 10 seconds with the default settings and the screen resolution of 800x600. It is worth noting that a text mode installation option is also provided.

Next you will have the pleasure of meeting with a warning dialog box in strong red colour, which is SuSE's way of saying that something has gone terribly wrong. Don't panic -- everything is still exactly as it should be. The reason for the red warning is that the system could not find the full SuSE installation CD and, after dismissing the warning, the installation will continue.

Now is the time to select your installation language and keyboard (many European languages are supported) before you will finally get to the "Main Menu". This is about the only place where you need to do some extra work, notably loading your network card modules. Select the "Kernel modules (hardware drivers)" item from the menu, then "Load network card modules" from the next menu. You will be very unlucky if yours is not one of the many items listed. Once your network module is loaded, press the back button to return to the main menu.

You've probably learnt the SuSE menu drill by now, so we can go a bit faster. Select "Start installation/update", "Network" and "FTP". The next decision you need to make is the type of network you are on - basically you can either be on a network with a DHCP server (in which case you have a dynamically configured IP address) or you are on a network with a manually assigned IP address. Unfortunately, if you are using an ADSL service with a PPPoE type of connection, you are out of luck here as the installation does not provide for dialling your ISP. My solution to the problem was to buy a broadband router with a built-in DHCP server - this US$80 D-Link router is a gem, even if you aren't on a network, because you'll never need to dial your ADSL connection again!

But let's get back to the installation. With the broadband router configured and active, I went with the DHCP option. The next task is to provide the IP address, followed by the correct directory, of the mirror site which you will be using as the system installation source. If you have been taking notes, you know what to type, but here is an example anyway: based on my earlier selection, the IP would be 195.38.96.124 and the directory would be /pub/suse/i386/8.0.

Was it tough? If so, now is the time to take a break as no user interaction will be required for some time. The system will connect to the specified mirror site and start getting all the goodies...
 
Old 12-23-2003, 06:23 PM   #15
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I would like to thank everyone who has tried to help me with this problem. I have decided try LFS. I think this will allow me to learn the most about linux. Wish me luck;^)

Keeage
 
  


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