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Old 03-03-2003, 11:47 PM   #1
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I need some installation advice


I have a computer my friend gave me

intel celeron 600mz
10G hdd
64 mb ram

Its nothing great but hey it was free!

when I turned on the computer it says 'operating system not found'

I downloaded red hat 8.0 and wanted to install it on this computer.

I went into the bios and chose to have the computer boot from the cd-rom.

I rebooted whith disk number 1 in but the screen 'operating sytem not found' still comes up.

what am I doing wrong? Am I missing something?

the cd-rom is a samsung and everything else is pretty much generic.

any advice would be much appreciated

thanks

Last edited by OrganicX; 03-03-2003 at 11:48 PM.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 11:54 PM   #2
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set the bios up so it boots from cdrom
 
Old 03-04-2003, 12:00 AM   #3
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i dunno about you...but i don't think ice read you post carefully.....hehehe did u look to check if ur cd is being read at all?? it might be that u are using a non-bootable cd..
 
Old 03-04-2003, 12:20 AM   #4
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i dunno about you...but i don't think ice read you post carefully.....
lol you're right. sorry OrganicX
 
Old 03-04-2003, 12:38 AM   #5
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or it may be that you're bios doesn't really support booting from cd.

why don't you try to use rawrite2.exe (if you have a working windows) to write the boot.img to one floppy and root.img to another (in linux use dd if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0)
This should boot the installation, which whould then detect the cdrom...and you'll be on your way.

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rawrite2.exe and the boot images should be on your linux cd's (most likely disk 1).

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Old 03-04-2003, 12:45 AM   #6
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thanks guys

The red hat online installation page is telling me what cuckoopint is telling me so it looks like I need to make a boot disk.

I searched red hats online installation guide and it says I need to use dd and get the boot.img file from the cd and put it on a floppy. I think if you download red hat 8, there is no automatic boot from cd-rom but Im not sure about that. I looked at all my cds (there are 5) and I cant find any file called boot.img all I see are .iso files.

I have both linux and windows on my machine
 
Old 03-04-2003, 12:50 AM   #7
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uh-huh.

if all you see are .iso files (1 per cd, right?)
then you burned your cds wrong...iso's are cd images which should not be burned as files, but as images (oooh....going in circles). Anyways, try to copy your cds again...if you do it correctly, you will get a bunch of directories and files.

If you tell us how you burned it, I'm sure someone will help ya out.
 
Old 03-04-2003, 05:58 AM   #8
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Just like the previous post says you need reburn the CD's

The method depends on CD burning software but you need to select (Check help files)

Create CD from image

If you need futher help post what CD burning software you are using.
 
Old 03-04-2003, 08:23 AM   #9
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My friend burned the cds for me because he has a fast connection. He also has a mac so I have no idea how he burned them. I can ask him what sofware he used and I can ask him to burn them again. How should I telll him to burn them? I'll find out what sofware he used. and post it.

thanks

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Old 03-04-2003, 09:02 AM   #10
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I use nero, I think it's the best for burning images.
 
Old 03-04-2003, 09:17 AM   #11
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So I was right!! it was non-bootable cd problem!! Oh i use cdrwin burn iso file...so easy..just drag and drop the iso images and you are ready to go
 
Old 03-04-2003, 09:21 AM   #12
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MAC CD burning

It could be Toast.

However, the latest MAC OS is just like XP where burning is also a part of the kernel.
 
Old 03-04-2003, 12:28 PM   #13
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He uses roxios toast

how should I tell him to burn these cd's?

Hey michaelk dosnt stand for Michael Knight does it? As in Knight Rider?

I love that show
 
Old 03-04-2003, 08:29 PM   #14
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how should I tell him to burn these cd's?
he should be able to figure it out - there should be an option to burn an already made image. select something of the sort, and select your image (ie. .iso).
that should do the job - easiest check (as I said earlier) will be that the burned cd will show a whole directory hierarchy (vs. one file)
 
Old 03-04-2003, 08:43 PM   #15
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yeah he burned some other cds for me today it was no problem. The installation cds work.

Now I have a new installation problem

I am using the GUI installation option and chose all the packages and things I want and got to the point where it says

'We have gathered all the information needed to install Red Hat Linux on the system. It may take a while to install everything, depending on how many packages need to be intalled.'

I hit the next button and right away i got a dialog box...

Exception occured

An unhandled exception has occured. tjis is most likely a bug. Please copy the full text of this exception or save the crash dump to a floppy then file a detailed bug report against anaconda at http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/

now my computer froze...grrr

...I guess this means the end of my installation

I dont know what to do next


--

I rebooted and chose to do a media check...disk 1 failed, so thats probably my problm right there

Last edited by OrganicX; 03-04-2003 at 09:07 PM.
 
  


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