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Old 02-16-2006, 04:17 PM   #1
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Trouble Installing FC4 on Dell PowerEdge 6450

I'm trying to install FC4 on a Dell PowerEdge 6450 server. All of my CDs keep failing at the media check. I know these CDs are good though because I have used them before and I even went and downloaded/burned them again and it still will get to 4% and the say the media check failed. If I go ahead and continue with the install anyway (using either set of discs), I will get this error:

exec of anaconda failed: No such file or drectoryinstall exited abnormally

Any ideas?
Old 02-18-2006, 01:43 AM   #2
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The CDs are corrupt somehow?

Try doing the mediacheck on a different computer, on new burned Cds, both before and after the attempted install. It could be there is a flaw in the drive you are using to install which is damaging the CD itself (a visual inspection of the disk may show up a small scratch or something).

You may need to do a net install or install a new CD drive.

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Old 02-18-2006, 11:14 AM   #3
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I did the mediacheck of the CDs on another computer after I tried them in the server and they passed on that computer. Its strange though because I was able to install Fedora Core 3 last night on it so I'm not really sure why it doesn't like the Fedora Core 4 CDs since I burned the FC3 discs using the same brand and same write speed as I used on the FC4 ones.
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If you can leave a partition free when you install FC4, you could use your FC3 installation to download the FC4 DVD iso image to that partition, and have GRUB boot directly from the image. Thus avoiding the whole question of the CD drive working properly. (The partition needs to be excluded when installing, of course, so the image won't be destroyed during the install.)

Search LinuxQuestions, or read the GRUB documentation, for how to boot from an iso image.

Another possibility: Burn the CDs on the server -- sometimes the laser in a CD is misaligned, and produces CDs that are "security enhanced" so they can only be read in the drive in which they are created. (And they can only read CDs created in the drive.)

Edit: Or you could try GRUB2, and boot from the CD drive (or the iso images) on the computer where the disks work (once you configure the network in GRUB2).

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