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jeffy240 10-20-2002 12:03 AM

Trying to install Redhat7.3 after advise offered
I have fdisked, partitioned, set active, and l.l. formatted the hd, set boot order to cdrom-fdd-hdd and tried to boot and install redhat 7.3, but get nothing but "insert system disk in drive, press any key to continue". Do I need a Linux format tool to get the cd to recognise? A Linux boot disk? If so, can I get a download so I can install this to my hd? -Jeffy.

adam_boz 10-20-2002 12:09 AM

are you sure that your cd is bootable?

GT I.N.C 10-20-2002 12:30 AM

Did you try making a bootable floppy instead of using the c.d?

Garry :D

jeffy240 10-20-2002 07:20 PM

I don't know where to get a download for a bootable floppy- do you? The cd I tried was downloaded from valhalla- it should work, shouldn't it?

adam_boz 10-20-2002 07:51 PM

It should work if you burned it correctly. If not, here's the documentation explaining how to make a boot disk:

jeffy240 10-20-2002 11:04 PM

trying to install Redhat 7.3
I tried to get the boot floppy download from Redhat, but the page was not available. Any other sources for a boot floppy? I also need to mention that the machine I'm trying to install to is a Toshiba 440cdx Satellite Pro laptop, which I've heard can confound attempts at change. Can this be overcome? -Jeffy.

adam_boz 10-21-2002 12:35 AM

What page isn't available? "boot.img" which you need will be on your cd's. here's what that link said about it:

The images directory on your Red Hat Linux CD-ROM contains the boot images for Red Hat Linux/x86. Once you have selected the proper image (such as boot.img for a CD-ROM-based installation or bootnet.img for a network installation), transfer the image file onto a diskette using one of the following methods.
Using the rawrite Utility

To make a diskette using MS-DOS, use the rawrite utility included on the Red Hat Linux CD-ROM in the dosutils directory. First, label a blank, formatted 3.5-inch diskette appropriately (such as "Boot Disk" or "Updates Disk"). Insert it into the diskette drive. Then, use the following commands (assuming your CD-ROM is drive D:):

C:\> d:
D:\> cd \dosutils
D:\dosutils> rawrite
Enter disk image source file name: ..\images\boot.img
Enter target diskette drive: a:
Please insert a formatted diskette into drive A: and
press --ENTER-- : [Enter]

First, rawrite asks you for the filename of a diskette image; enter the directory and name of the image you wish to write (for example, ..\images\boot.img). Then rawrite asks for a diskette drive to write the image to; enter a:. Finally, rawrite asks for confirmation that a formatted diskette is in the drive you have selected. After pressing [Enter] to confirm, rawrite copies the image file onto the diskette. If you need to make another diskette, label that diskette, and run rawrite again, specifying the appropriate image file.

[Note] Note

The rawrite utility only accepts 8.3-type file names, such as filename.img[2]. If you download an update image from named something similar to update-anaconda-03292002.img, you must rename it as updates.img before you run rawrite.
Using the dd Command

To make a diskette under Linux (or any other Linux-like operating system), you must have permission to write to the device representing a 3.5-inch diskette drive (known as /dev/fd0 under Linux).

First, label a blank, formatted diskette appropriately (such as "Boot Disk" or "Updates Disk"). Insert it into the diskette drive (but do not mount[3] the diskette). After mounting the Red Hat Linux CD-ROM, change to the directory containing the desired image file, and use the following command (changing the name of the image file and diskette device as appropriate):

# dd if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1440k

To make another diskette, label that diskette, and run dd again, specifying the appropriate image file.

adam_boz 10-21-2002 01:50 AM

I got this link from a different post on LQ Check through and see if your laptop has any problems. Really though, The only thing I can think of that will make your cd not boot is that you didn't burn the cd correctly. You download the actual ISO's, so you don't need to make another image from what you download.

good luck


jeffy240 10-21-2002 01:56 PM

Thanks for the instructions, Adam. I will try them tonight when I get back. So far, I haven't been able to get the linux cd to read, though windows cd's read as normal. -Jeffy.

adam_boz 10-21-2002 02:16 PM

do you mean read as in boot? if that is the case, I really think that you might have burned the linux cd wrong.... it's very easy to do.

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