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Old 03-28-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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Question CD-RW can't install properly

Hello all,

I'm trying to piece together a Linux workstation and I determined that the CD-Rom drive in the original box was bad. I replaced it with a known good CD-RW drive from an old HP Windows desktop. I know the drive is good, if I place a windows bootable CD in the drive and power up the system it boots. If I boot the workstation with no CD installed the old Red hat 9 boots from the HD. The PC is a 586 class and has 256 Mb of RAM and about 80 Gb of free drive space.

What I want to do is burn a CD with the latest Fedora distro so I can update the ancient Red Hat on this workstation, but short of finding someone else with a working CD-R or CD-RW what can I do?

The startup shows that the CD-RW mounts as a ro ISO9660. If I try to change the options to add rw I then get the error message "maybe you should try IDE-SCSI and use dev/sda". Will that work in this case? I never heard of IDE-SCSI combined.

Thanks for helping,

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How are you burning the CD? I assume you are using Windows 7. Are you right clicking on the file and selecting burn disk image or just drag and dropping the file into the CDRW folder?
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CD RW discs are troublesome. Burn a CD-R disc instead. It may boot in the CD-RW drive. If there are IO errors during the installation, try burning a small net install disc, which you can boot to, and then install from the internet or a samba or nfs share.
Old 03-29-2011, 07:47 PM   #4
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Thanks to both of you, burning to a CD-R did the trick, it seems. I do now have the file system mounting in fstab and I'm able to access content. It appears that I won't have the R/W functionality though, at least until I install Fedora 14. At least now I can do the install. Thanks again.



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