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Old 04-17-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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CD with RedHat Ent Linux 5.1 does not install operating system


I am new to Linux and look forward to installing and playing with it with my ultimate goal is to create a dual boot on my desktop with my ultimate goal in becoming 100% Linux/Unix user.

okay, here's my problem and the steps that I took:

1.)downloaded the following to my WinXP desktop "rhel-5.1-server-ia64-dvd"
2.)burned it to a DVD disk using Roxio Creater9 XE as "Data Disc" and "Make Bootable"

3.)went into my bios and changed the boot order to see my USB CD/DVD Rom.
and restarted....

I get a message that says "...boot from CD?" and I hit Y for Yes. CD Rom seems to do something but just hangs.

Any assistance would be appreciated.


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Old 04-17-2009, 01:35 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

Adding a "windows boot sector" to a DVD with a copy
of an image will not work.

The " .iso " file is an image, and must be burned using
an option 'burn an image' or 'burn as an image' .
Then it will be bootable.
( And do not use the option 'make bootable'.)

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Old 04-17-2009, 01:50 PM   #3
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And you do know that RHEL 5.3 is the current and that 5.1 is rather old .
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Also I would point out that RHEL requires a license, installing it without a license leaves alot of stuff out and really is just not worth it. You might consider getting Fedora or Ubuntu instead. Fedora is what RHEL uses and quite a number of the people that work on RHEL also work on Fedora.

I do not know your cd burning software, but usually the option would be something like burn iso to disc or something like that, sounds like you probably just burnt a copy of the .iso file to disc rather then burning the image on to the disc... if you get my meaning.
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Since Centos is RHEL with the logos removed and (unlike RHEL) is free to install/update, you might want to consider it. Each version of Fedora is only supported for thirteen months, after that there are no updates of any kind. RHEL/Centos has a five year (plus) support life.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions, it seems to work now. By the way, I'm going to go with CentOS and try that out for now.


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