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Old 09-27-2003, 02:22 AM   #1
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Install locks up at "RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0

Ok... my computer is:

Dell XPS B1000r
P3 1000Mhz cpu
Intel i820e mobo
Geforce 256 3D Card w/64MB DDR RAM
Soundblaster Live! Value Sound Card
3Com 10/100 NIC
WD 40GB ATA Hard Drive (Primary Master)
Iomega Zip 100 ATAPI Drive (Primary Slave)
Samsung SD-612 CD/DVD-ROM Drive (Secondary Master)
Floppy Drive

I have been trying to get Linux to install on this system for about 10 hours now... I have both RedHat 7.2 and Slackware 9.0. I have tried numerous approaches and workarounds without success.

When installing under RedHat 7.2, I get the RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0 message and the system locks up...

Installing under Slackware is extremely difficult to get working, and then locks up about 2/3rd's of the way through setup...

Any ideas?


Old 09-27-2003, 09:47 AM   #2
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Hardware looks pretty harmless. I'd guess your CD/DVD drive is somehow failing to read the installation media. Has the drive had a tough life, or is it possible the CD's are bad?
Old 09-27-2003, 02:19 PM   #3
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Did you burn your cd's as iso images or regular data cd's? Seems to be a problem with that part of the installation.
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OK, so here are the specific details of EVERYTHING I have tried...

When attempting to install RedHat 7.2, which came on a pair of CD's with a book I bought for my Unix Class, I get an initial pre-installation screen that allows me to choose how I want to install (graphical mode, text mode, expert mode, no frame buffer, rescue mode, etc...) I have tried every option except the Driver Disk, and every time but once, it locks up at either "RAMDISK: compressed image found at block 0" or "running /sbin/loader". The one time it did not lock up, I got through all of the graphical configuration options and disk formatting/partition/mounting, but then it locked up as soon as it actually began installing RedHat

With Slackware 9.0, which I got as a burned CD from my Unix instructor, the CD is not bootable, so I have tried creating boot/install disks using the bare.i boot image and install.1/install.2 install images. When using these disks, I get as far as inserting install.2, and then it locks up. After trying this a few times, I then created a DOS partition on the HD and copied Loadlin.exe, initrd.img, and bzImage to it.. I then ran loadlin c:bzimage root=/dev/hda rw This actually got the Slackware process up and running, where I formatted/partitioned/mounted the HD, and then got as far as installing package 'f' or 'g' before it locked up...

about the only thing I can think of now is to take EVERYTHING out of my system (Graphics Card, NIC, Modem, Sound Card, Iomege Zip Drive) and try installing everything again... but I'd rather not have to do this if anyone can think of something else...

Old 09-28-2003, 03:00 AM   #5
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I still suspect your CD reader. Since you can get Slackware up and running from floppy you might use it to test out your CD. As secondary master it ought to be at /dev/hdc, so you could try command 'cat /dev/hdc > /dev/null' (with one of the Linux CD's in the drive) and see if there are any errors.

When booted from floppy you should also have the 'mount' command and maybe also 'tar', so (as root) you could try to mount the CD:

# mount -t iso9660 /dev/hdc /mnt

(maybe also 'mkdir /mnt' if it isn't there already). If this succeeds, try also

% tar cvf - /mnt > /dev/null

to see if all individual files are readable.
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hi guys... i'm getting the same "RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0" error mesage with my official slackware rescue cd on some machines... basically, it just boots the kernel and gets to the point where it hangs on that error message... it works (boots) fine on some machines, though... the md5s on all the files are fine, so i'm suspecting it's an issue with the parameters used when the ISO was created (-boot-load-size maybe??), but i'm not sure... any input you could throw my way would be greatly appreciated... have a nice day...
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