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Old 06-25-2004, 01:35 PM   #1
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Angry Problems installing redhat

I keep trying to install redhat both 9 and 7. Every time it gets about a third of the way through the installation i get an error message like this:

"There was an error installing <such and such file>. This can indicate media failure, lack of disk space, and/or hardware problems. This is a fatal error and your install will be aborted. Please verify your media and try your install again."

I tried slackware and that installed but it had errors during the installation.

I have read other threads with similar problems. They suggested that it is the cd. I tested it w/ md5summer and it was fine. Then i found one say it could be the hardware. I'm pretty sure its not my Hard Drive and seems it could be my memory. So i have tried swapping out memory chips. I have 3 and i am taking one out at a time and trying to install it. Will this work? Will i be able to isolate the bad memory that way or is it something completely different?

i'm running an old compaq that had windows 98 barely operating. It is a 400 Mhz P2 w/ 96 Mb SDRAM and a 12 Gb hard drive.

Also can anybody suggest a distro that would be best to run on an older compuber i.e. one that doesn't consume a lot of resources but can still be quite productive.
Old 06-25-2004, 05:51 PM   #2
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Testing the memory is allways good!
It must not be a fault in the RAM itself, but maybe is it's frequency set to high ? (Happend twice to me)

You can run memtest (RedHat should have it) if you boot from the install cdrom, select "memtest" instead "install" or "rescue".

Allways usable is Knoppix: It has a applicable memtest and you can test the hardware detection on any PC without any installation. And you can give Kernel 2.6 a try.
Old 06-25-2004, 06:02 PM   #3
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So on this old computer that you're using -- how much of the 12G is allocated to Win98 and how much is allocated to Linux? Based on your description, I wouldn't be so quick to assume that the hard drive is OK. In other words, Yes, I'm sure the hard drive works correctly, but you may be using up all the available free space before the Linux installation completes.

I would recommend that you give Redhat at least 5 or 6 gig minimum, and even that could be tight squeeze depending on how many optional packages you include. -- J.W.
Old 06-25-2004, 08:28 PM   #4
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i did away with win98. Its going to be strictly a linux machine.


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