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Old 07-05-2008, 02:05 PM   #1
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Unable to install Fedora 9 due to BIOS not recognizing CD; create diskette?


First, some history in case it's relevant:

I never had an issue with either of my 2 CD devices before, but I encountered a bug (?!) when installing Ubuntu, and my XP was destroyed. Ubuntu installed successfully and seemed to work ok thereafter but I really want a dual boot system.

Now, I have installed XP & RHL 9, the only way I could get them to install is to use a boot diskette. The installation cd's aren't recognized by either of my two CD devices. However, when I use the boot diskettes, either CD device works fine for the install.

I want to overlay RHL 9 with Fedora 9 since my computer display is newer than my RHL 9 monitor definitions, and my graphics don't work at all with RHL 9!

So my question is, (a) is there a way to make a boot diskette to work with Fedora 9, and/or (b) does anyone know a way for me to fix my bios, or GRUB, etc., so I can get my CD devices to work, and install Fedora 9 over RHL 9?

Thanks!
 
Old 07-05-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
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I wonder.... are you sure your first boot device is set to CD? cause I have never seen such a thing happen.
 
Old 07-05-2008, 03:10 PM   #3
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Would be my suggestion as well.

It should also be very easy to adjust your X configuration to get the correct monitor settings in there.
But if you use RH9 to access the internet, it's indeed a good time to upgrade as RH9 is no longer supported.
 
Old 07-05-2008, 04:24 PM   #4
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I just verified my boot settings..

My boot settings are, in this order:
1 IDE CD-ROM Device
2 Diskette Drive
3 Hard Drive C:

And, each of these has a check mark in front of it, so it's "enabled".

(Should I pursue booting from the hard drive? I'm using an i386 machine so I'm not sure whether that's an option).
 
Old 07-05-2008, 06:05 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by drum1440@gmail.com View Post
First, some history in case it's relevant:

I never had an issue with either of my 2 CD devices before, but I encountered a bug (?!) when installing Ubuntu, and my XP was destroyed. Ubuntu installed successfully and seemed to work ok thereafter but I really want a dual boot system.
Are you sure your xp was destroyed, or just not bootable?
 
Old 07-05-2008, 06:39 PM   #6
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What exact processor are you running? Fedora will not run on anything older than a Pentium.

Do you have two Cd drives plugged in at the same time? A lot of old machines cannot handle this (for bootup). If this is the case I would unplug one and try the install again.

If you are using a rewritable disk a lot of the older players cannot boot to them.
 
Old 07-05-2008, 06:48 PM   #7
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regarding whether Ubuntu wiped out my XP...

I am 99.9% sure it actually wiped out the partition, and reinstalled just Ubuntu on the entire hard drive.

I found this bug at Ubuntu's site:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/17346
 
Old 07-05-2008, 07:06 PM   #8
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reply about processor, # of cd's,

1. Intel Pentium, 2.2 ghz, 640meg of Ram.

2. Yes, I unplugged one and will try that. Now, in XP at least, it brings up the new CD info. Before it didn't, so this is goodness. (This is a system cd, not one I created.)

3. Oh, ok, I'll create a CD-R, but first I'd like to know if you recommend any special Linux downloads based on my pc's age and resources?
 
Old 07-05-2008, 07:40 PM   #9
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Thumbs up solution found?

I think I have the solution here. My DVD drive (in Windows) is denoted by "D:" and that is alphabetically less than my CD drive which is denoted by "E:". (I also unplugged my extra CD drive, too).

I can put CD-RW CD's in my first (DVD) drive and it recognizes these as it's supposed to. I'm installing Fedora 9 now.

Sorry to bother you with this error, Thanks for your responses!
 
Old 07-05-2008, 07:40 PM   #10
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If it is a 2.2ghz then it has to be a Pentium 4 and not just a Pentium. So you should be fine for cpu and ok for ram.

If unplugging the other CD drive got the XP going, I would try the Fedora CD before burning a new one(a P4 era CD drive should have no issue with rewriteables).
 
Old 07-06-2008, 01:23 PM   #11
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Thumbs up Fedora 9 installed great, with CD-RW install CD's

Thanks again for your help, and, the CD-RW's worked great for the install!
 
  


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