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Old 09-05-2003, 01:11 PM   #1
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Unhappy Red Hat Linux on Dell Inspiron 5000e

I have Win XP on the first partition of an NTFS partitioned drive. I am trying to install Red Hat Linux 9 on the second partition. I pass through first two screens where I select language and keyboard and then it says "CD not detected on any of your CD-ROM drives".
I burned the iso Image files I have downloaded from Red Hat website onto CD's using "Adaptec Create CD" software on iOmega CD burner on Windows 2000. When I try to view the CD contents in Windows explorer it is not even detecting the CD. But it shows all the files and folders when I view the CD through the "Adaptec Create CD' interface.
I ran the MD5Sum files for all the three images that I downloaded and compared them with their counterparts on the Red Hat website. The files are identical.
I looked at the System messages and it shows that it is "trying to mount device hdc". It looks like I have an LG DVD ROM ATAPI CD-ROM Dive (as shown on the system messages screen while installing).
Can someone please help me find a way out of this frustrating scenario?
Old 09-05-2003, 02:26 PM   #2
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It might be the CD format created by your burning software.

Have you still got the ISOs on your hard drive? If so, try reburning them using strict ISO 9660 settings (I use Nero - - discs readable in *nix and win).

If you haven't got them, you might be able to rip the bad cds using Isobuster (just google) and reburn the discs in nero or similar - which should save some downloading.

To check that the discs are faulty (not just explorer playing up), open the task manager, kill explorer and then restart it. My XP box sometimes hangs badly with CDs.


Old 09-13-2003, 09:10 PM   #3
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Red Hat questions

Thanks for the was the CD problem. I have successfully installed Linux and have begun to appreciate the cool OS.
I wanna get my USB Webcam working. My external CD burner( which is also USB based) and my Ethernet card got detected right away (much to my surprise it showed the vendor info too)...but it doesn' detect Webcam, I guess because the gtKam is made for use with still image cameras. The CD's work....but the DVD's don' work either.
Can anyone give me some info on getting these things done on Red Hat Linux 9? Thanks.


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