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Old 10-31-2004, 05:10 PM   #1
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Angry Fedora media test failure gone crazy


I'm trying to install Fedora (2.92) core test 3, which I was able to do successfully last night. However CD3 apparently had errors and failed trying to install a certain package. I travelled 15 miles to work, burned another copy of the CD, brought it back and finished the installation.

To those of you thinking corrupt download: The MD5sums are all good.

The following day I was not satisfied with the options I had used during installation ("everything" is not such a good idea). I also experienced several bugs and the system crashed several times, freezing completely, leaving me no other choice than to cut the power. I figured this might be due to conflicting packages and the obscene amount of updates I was trying to install (734 of them) when the computer would freeze.

I figured the CD no. 3 failure last night was a random mishap, but when I tried reinstalling with the CDs I used last night, it failed. Having an unbootable system (dual boot with XP and linux, XP has been running for years with only minor difficulties), until I rewrote the MBR with a Windows utility (such as the recovery console or running "fdisk /mbr" from a Win98 boot disk). I test the CDs and CDs 2-4 all fail the media test! Nothing had happened since last night, apart from the CDs being safely tucked into their covers. I have now tried using 3 different CD-burners, one of them only a month old, and all CDs I create fail the media test. The same burner that worked the first time around now seemingly produces unusable CDs. When I try to read and copy the contents of the CDs, using WinXP, there are no errors whatsoever. The computer is configured the same way as last night and nothing has changed.

Something seems to be horribly wrong with the fedora media test or the anaconda installer's sensitivity pertaining to reading from CDs. I have wasted a dozen CDs and none of them pass the media test (I don't have any RW's right now). I'm going nuts!

I then downloaded the DVD.iso from work (fast download rates there) and have now tried burning it to three different DVD+RW's and they're all unusable to Fedora. I'm using the same drive I successfully installed Fedora from last night. CD1 has now been tested for media errors probably a dozen times and it passes each time. The other CDs, however, fail horribly each time.

This just doesn't make sense. I've been burning CDs and DVDs for years and had no such difficultes whatsoever. I have a copy of WinXP which I've used to install 20 computers and it still works just fine. Also the CDs are readable in XP, but still fail the media test in Fedora.

I'm inclined to blame Fedora, but naturally can't be certain. Just thought I should voice my concerns somewhere.

Ideas anyone?

Old 11-01-2004, 01:05 AM   #2
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I Know this probly won't help you....
but I've install test 3 perfectly..all media test passed fine
but I used the DVD-iso and not the CD-iso....
If you can get access or have access to a DVD Burner...I would suggest trying that...
It might be a problem with the CD-iso's but I can't prove that because I haven't even tested them myself....

Hope that helped...
Old 11-01-2004, 01:20 AM   #3
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This probably won't help much but it is a test release and you might have a bug that needs reporting for fixing. You might want to go to the fedora core website and report the bug. The final release of Fedora Core 3 will be out November 8th and the problem might be fixed then. If you can't wait try downloading Fedora Core 1 or 2.
Old 11-01-2004, 10:56 AM   #4
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i think it is the CD/DVD drive fault.
did you try to check the CDs/DVD with a different drive?


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