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Old 02-02-2002, 04:59 PM   #1
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Question problems installing from the cd

I'm having trouble getting red hat 7.2 to boot from the cd. I set the cmos up to load cdrom then floppy then Master hdd. I get an atapi failure and then it boots to the hdd where
I have a win98 partition 10GB. also an unused partition of 5GB. I tried creating a boot disk and booted the computer to that but it gives me a kernal error??
I'm guessing the boot program on the floppy can't find the kernal on the hdd because I havn't installed it yet. I'm stuck here and I don't know how to install RedHat.

My system is a homebuilt PIII 800 with 256MB pc100. western dig 15.3GB drive. CDROM is a sony 52X. any help would be great.

Is there a boot disk I can download in windows to a floppy and use it to load a small verson of linux to begin the install?

Old 02-02-2002, 07:08 PM   #2
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Try checking the documentation from the CD.

You should be able to create a bootable floppy (possibly using a DOS utility called RAWRITE.EXE) which boots a mini Linux which then installs the system on your HD. Also check which file you are copying to the floppy, there is usually an Install and a Rescue disc.

Old 02-03-2002, 09:58 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Joe, I was looking into my hardware and found the problem. Red Hat is now up and running.
Old 02-03-2002, 11:59 PM   #4
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Wink Got a little farther

I got a little farther:
I used rawrite.exe from Windows Mellinium to create a linux boot
diskette. It booted from this diskette but could'nt recognize Linux 7.2 CDs I had ordered form Linux Central

I got around this by downloading Linux 7.2 (took 3 hours on a fast DSL connection) from a RedHat mirror site and put it on a DOS partition which I accessed by creating a Windows Mellinium startup disk and then using<Shift + F5> to get to a DOS prompt after restarting the system.

Goto the "dosutils" dir and execute "autoboot" cmd.

This should get you started


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