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Old 11-03-2006, 09:23 AM   #1
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CentOS crashes on install!


Im running VMware Server on Windows XP (Professional),i'm trying to install CentOS 4.4i836. I am able to boot run throught the initial setup. But when it actually installs the packages on my system it crashes and shuts down the installation. showing the error:

Starting graphical installtion . . .
install exited abnormally
sending terminatio signales . . .done
sending kill signals . . . done
disabling swap . . .
unmounting filesystems . ..
blar ...
you my safely reboot your system

ISO that i am running is CentOS-4.4-i386-binDVD.iso

System Spec

- AMD Athlon 64 2211Mhz
- L1 Cache: 128k 18120MB/s
- L2 Cashe: 512k 15459MB/s
- Memory: 2619MB/s
- Chipset: Intel i440BX
- BIOS Version/Date phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 02/07/2005
- SMBIOS Version: 2.2
- HDD1: Serial ATA -80GB
- HDD2: IDE - 80GB
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 256MB


- in vmware i have set the guest operating system as, Redhat, Other linux, other linux 2.6 kernel. Redhat enterprise linux 4.

- I have an IDE and SCSI hard drive. I have tried installing CentOS on both of these via VMware.

- i have tried to Boot via IDE and SCSI in VMware on both hard drives.

- installing Redhat 9 still outputs same error.

- installing via text mode

my guest would be that the BIOS version needs updating or a new driver needs installing. But it's only a guess.

I'd appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction, been tring to figure this out or a couple of days now and not gettig very far. My knowledge in linux is still in it's early stages.

Many Thanks
Old 11-04-2006, 06:21 PM   #2
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I've installed CentOS 4 in VMWare a couple of times and never had any problems like this. You say it happens when installing packages -- does it give you any errors about corrupt package files? Did you check the MD5 sum of the ISO you are using to make sure you didn't get a corrupt download? VMWare emulates pretty vanilla hardware and I've personally never had any issues with getting Linux to play nice with it.
Old 11-10-2006, 09:25 AM   #3
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Ive tried installing many Versions both in vmware and directly.

-Fedora 5,6
-Redhat 9
-CentOS 4

Ho do i check the MD5 Sum against the iso?

Old 11-10-2006, 09:31 AM   #4
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When you download iso's there is generally a separate file that contains the proper checksum for the iso. The syntax would be md5sum *.iso. (replace the * with the name of the iso you are trying to check. If you have multiple iso, you could use the *.


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