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Old 06-27-2003, 10:48 AM   #1
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RH9 install problems


well as you have been reading in this thread http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...659#post352659

i was asking how long it would take to install RH 9 on the machine. well i have run into a problem. I was not here to see the computer or where it gives the error. The error is "install exited abnormally -- reveived signal 15" then it sends all the kill signals unmounts and then hangs when it says you may safely reboot your system.
 
Old 06-27-2003, 11:08 AM   #2
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Install method isn't mentioned as well as your specific hardware in this post.

How to get good answers with your questions about Linux

Unsupported hardware? Flakey drives? Bad ram (usually results in a reboot, but I don't put anything past bad memory).

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Old 06-27-2003, 11:23 AM   #3
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Originally posted by fancypiper
Install method isn't mentioned as well as your specific hardware in this post.

How to get good answers with your questions about Linux

Unsupported hardware? Flakey drives? Bad ram (usually results in a reboot, but I don't put anything past bad memory).
sorry all i know is the cpu= 233mhz p1 96mb of ram and a 3.99 gb hdd and an Asound network card the machine is made by a company called Pionex or something like that.
I am just doing a GUI install of RH9. I click forward on like all the mouse and keyboards and stuff then when it asks me what kinda install i want (desktop,workstation,server etc..) i pick the server install and i leave everything the same except i add KDE. i then just just let it do its thing. i come back couple hours later and see this.

I am installing w2k to see if it will even run with this ram and stuff.

If w2k runs fine without any prolems it shouldnt be RAM or could it?

If w2k runs fine with

ok a little bit of an update: w2k got installed in about 30min and has been running for about 30- 40 min without a problem no lockups no thing so i am GUESSING that the ram is good.

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Old 06-27-2003, 12:53 PM   #4
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ok this is starting to tick me off lol. I installed windows 2000 in about 30 min and linux RH9 has taken over 20 min to just get to the transfering install image to hard drive and it looks like its about to take about 3 more hours what is the reason for all of this to take 4 freaking hours. I only got 900mb worth of packages to install.
 
Old 06-27-2003, 06:38 PM   #5
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I've also got a spare computer with those specs (PII-233/96MB RAM) with a much smaller harddrive. A custom install with some packages I want to have (also about 900 MB) takes about 50+ minutes on that machine, from start to finish.

Have you done the mediacheck on the Red Hat 9 installation CD's?
Maybe there are scratches on the surface of the disks which give trouble.

Could it be that the Red Hat 9 CD-R's are not really good readable on your CD-ROM player?

Can you see errors on the other 'virtual consoles' while installing Red Hat Linux 9 on that machine? (during installation of Red Hat 9 you can use the key-combinations <CTRL-ALT-F1> to <CTRL-ALT-F5> to see the progress and reporting of the Red Hat installer).

Good luck.
 
Old 06-27-2003, 07:24 PM   #6
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Originally posted by cropcircle
I've also got a spare computer with those specs (PII-233/96MB RAM) with a much smaller harddrive. A custom install with some packages I want to have (also about 900 MB) takes about 50+ minutes on that machine, from start to finish.

Have you done the mediacheck on the Red Hat 9 installation CD's?
Maybe there are scratches on the surface of the disks which give trouble.

Could it be that the Red Hat 9 CD-R's are not really good readable on your CD-ROM player?

Can you see errors on the other 'virtual consoles' while installing Red Hat Linux 9 on that machine? (during installation of Red Hat 9 you can use the key-combinations <CTRL-ALT-F1> to <CTRL-ALT-F5> to see the progress and reporting of the Red Hat installer).

Good luck.
well what from yours compaired to mine there is only about a 6 hours diffrance. I started it about 1 this afternoon and it wasnt even done with the "sending data to copy of packeges to hard drive " or something like that. Its right after it formates the drive part :P. dont know what its called.
 
Old 06-27-2003, 09:10 PM   #7
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Originally posted by cropcircle
I've also got a spare computer with those specs (PII-233/96MB RAM) with a much smaller harddrive. A custom install with some packages I want to have (also about 900 MB) takes about 50+ minutes on that machine, from start to finish.

Have you done the mediacheck on the Red Hat 9 installation CD's?
Maybe there are scratches on the surface of the disks which give trouble.

Could it be that the Red Hat 9 CD-R's are not really good readable on your CD-ROM player?

Can you see errors on the other 'virtual consoles' while installing Red Hat Linux 9 on that machine? (during installation of Red Hat 9 you can use the key-combinations <CTRL-ALT-F1> to <CTRL-ALT-F5> to see the progress and reporting of the Red Hat installer).

Good luck.
well now about the only option i got is to download and burn another RH9 disk but i checked the disk i have and it checks out good. . The computer works if i install w2k on so it shouldnt be the ram. im out of ideas on what to do.
 
Old 06-27-2003, 11:15 PM   #8
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Ok, I had the very same problem with an old Seagate HDD (8.6 GB). If you ask me, I'd tell you to first pre-partition your HDD and format it. To do so, you must use the linux rescue mode. When the boot up screen of Red Hat appears (where you can simply press enter and install) type linux rescue. The installer will attempt to detect a previous install of RH. You can skip it. Now you are presented with a shell. there you should be able to do the necesary stuff:
Code:
[sh-xxx]#
Now bring up the program fdisk (it's a little like its MS counterpart) by typing:
Code:
[sh-xxx]# fdisk /dev/hda (or which ever is your drive)*
You will be presented wity a promt like this:
Code:
El número de cilindros para este disco está establecido en 4865.
No hay nada malo en ello, pero es mayor que 1024, y en algunos casos
podría causar problemas con:
1) software que funciona en el inicio (p.ej. versiones antiguas de LILO)
2) software de arranque o particionamiento de otros sistemas operativos
   (p.ej. FDISK de DOS, FDISK de OS/2)
 
Orden (m para obtener ayuda):
Ignore the stuff written in Spanish, what matters here is the part saying Orden (command) press 'm' at any time to get help of available commands. If you type 'p' you'll be presented with the current partition table. I'd suggest you erase all partitions from the drive, by pressing 'd'. Add the new partitions ('n'). I'd recommend you to do it in this order:
1st boot (make it about 75 Mb if you intend to use the ext3 filesystem). You'll asign the actual mount points when you install RH.
2nd / (if you do not need to thorough partition your drive you'll need only 3 partitions) Make it so you have twice as your memory of unasigned space.
3rd swap Make it twice as your installed RAM, in your case 192. Change the patition type with 't' and to see the available types type 'l' (type 82 corresponds to swap & 83 to linux native).

Once you are satisfied (remember to check your progress with 'p') sync the disk and write the partition table with 'w'.

Now you can either format your two first partitions with:
Code:
[sh-xxx]# mke2fs /dev/hda1 (your boot, this will format it as ext2)
or
[sh-xxx]# mke2fs -J /dev/hda2 (your / partition, this will format with ext3 FS)
Or you can let the Red Hat installer to format them for you.

I hope this helps you.

*Remember that linux reads the two devices of fist IDE channel as /dev/hda & /dev/hdb respectively.

The speed of the install highly depends (in my experience) in your drives (HDD & CD-ROM) speed, as well as your motherboard's chipset. In a K6 166 Mhz/128 Mb (EDO) RAM it took almost 4 hours due to an issue in the VIA chipset
 
Old 06-28-2003, 10:00 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by Thetargos
Ok, I had the very same problem with an old Seagate HDD (8.6 GB). If you ask me, I'd tell you to first pre-partition your HDD and format it. To do so, you must use the linux rescue mode. When the boot up screen of Red Hat appears (where you can simply press enter and install) type linux rescue. The installer will attempt to detect a previous install of RH. You can skip it. Now you are presented with a shell. there you should be able to do the necesary stuff:
Code:
[sh-xxx]#
Now bring up the program fdisk (it's a little like its MS counterpart) by typing:
Code:
[sh-xxx]# fdisk /dev/hda (or which ever is your drive)*
You will be presented wity a promt like this:
Code:
El número de cilindros para este disco está establecido en 4865.
No hay nada malo en ello, pero es mayor que 1024, y en algunos casos
podría causar problemas con:
1) software que funciona en el inicio (p.ej. versiones antiguas de LILO)
2) software de arranque o particionamiento de otros sistemas operativos
   (p.ej. FDISK de DOS, FDISK de OS/2)
 
Orden (m para obtener ayuda):
Ignore the stuff written in Spanish, what matters here is the part saying Orden (command) press 'm' at any time to get help of available commands. If you type 'p' you'll be presented with the current partition table. I'd suggest you erase all partitions from the drive, by pressing 'd'. Add the new partitions ('n'). I'd recommend you to do it in this order:
1st boot (make it about 75 Mb if you intend to use the ext3 filesystem). You'll asign the actual mount points when you install RH.
2nd / (if you do not need to thorough partition your drive you'll need only 3 partitions) Make it so you have twice as your memory of unasigned space.
3rd swap Make it twice as your installed RAM, in your case 192. Change the patition type with 't' and to see the available types type 'l' (type 82 corresponds to swap & 83 to linux native).

Once you are satisfied (remember to check your progress with 'p') sync the disk and write the partition table with 'w'.

Now you can either format your two first partitions with:
Code:
[sh-xxx]# mke2fs /dev/hda1 (your boot, this will format it as ext2)
or
[sh-xxx]# mke2fs -J /dev/hda2 (your / partition, this will format with ext3 FS)
Or you can let the Red Hat installer to format them for you.

I hope this helps you.

*Remember that linux reads the two devices of fist IDE channel as /dev/hda & /dev/hdb respectively.

The speed of the install highly depends (in my experience) in your drives (HDD & CD-ROM) speed, as well as your motherboard's chipset. In a K6 166 Mhz/128 Mb (EDO) RAM it took almost 4 hours due to an issue in the VIA chipset
Thank You dude well its gotten as far as it has ever gotten in the install in about 10 min. It is finally installing the packages instead of sorting threw them. It has taken about 5 min to get from formatting the drive to where it is now which is about 1/4 way threw installing the pakages.
 
Old 06-28-2003, 11:40 AM   #10
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I hope you can install without problems. Ohh... one more thing, if I remember correctly, the linux kernel (in particular RH's) has a work-around for faulty BIOSes. May be your problem was due to those... If the problem persists, check your config in BIOS.
 
Old 06-28-2003, 11:40 AM   #11
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Something came across my mind reading the tip by given by Thetargos :

If you use the Disk Druid tool from Red Hat, choose "edit" on the particular partition/moint point and look if the "check for bad blocks" options is enabled.

There must be a reason why it's so slow out-of-the box in your case, so maybe this is it? Check out the following URL :

http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...ARTITIONING-DD

Anyway... good luck...
 
Old 06-28-2003, 12:05 PM   #12
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thanks everyone for the help. linux rh9 is installed on the machine and is working just fine. took about 50- 60 min to install 1.2gb worth of packeges.

I did notic that option about checking for bad blocks but it WAS NOT check. I am in KDE updating my stuff right now.

It must have had something to do with how i was partitioning my drive. When it was taking so long i just has a / as the only partition no boot partition and no swap. As soon as i switch it to the 3 partitions it worked just fine.
 
Old 06-28-2003, 12:10 PM   #13
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Glad you are set! Enjoy your new system
 
  


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