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Old 03-07-2005, 04:38 PM   #1
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Post DISCUSSION: Burn a Linux ISO / MacOS X

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CentOS 5.0 installation challenges

I downloaded the DVD ISO image of CentOS 5.0 and its checksum was correct. VMware 5.5.4 (on White Box Linux 4) can install the ISO image directly from the disk. But I want to install it as the new host operating system on a new (500 GB) disk. With:

# mount -o loop -t iso9660 /home/dunkel/CentOS-5.0-i386-bin-DVD.iso /CentOS

I can mount it and access the contained filesystem. But how can I install the mounted ISO file on Linux? My next attempt was to write the ISO image to DVD. I use a LITE-ON DVD/CD writer SHM-165P6S. The command is:

# cdrecord -v dev=ATA:1,0,0 -sao -data CentOS-5.0-i386-bin-DVD.iso

No complaints during this write. But the resulting DVD can neither be mounted nor be read during an installation. Is there a free Linux application to write a bootable DVD ISO image? Next, I downloaded the six 32-bit CentOS 5.0 CD ISO files. I confirmed their checksums and wrote each to CD:

# cdrecord -v dev=ATA:1,0,0 -data CentOS-5.0-i386-bin-[1-6]of6.iso

When I check these CDs during installation, only 1of6 is stated to be correct. The remaining CD disks have challenges. I installed the OS nevertheless from these CDs. The installation went fine and during the reboot, the typical X Window system showed. But it disappears before the login. When I try to start another window system (using X, xinit, etc.), I get a complaint about a lock file in /tmp indicating another window system appears to be running. But I cannot see a way to display it!

This is not the first OS I installed using the described CD route. Does anybody notice apparent problems in my command to write the ISO DVD and CDs? Do I need to force a slower writing speed or write the CDs several times until they turn out to be correct? What could I do when no window system is displayed for the CentOS 5.0 login and thereafter? Would I likely have more luck installing an older RH Enterprise Linux first and then upgrading it to version 5?

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Update: The CentOS 5.0 release notes mention, provided CD ISO files do not match expected installation program ratings. So no obvious problem of the burn procedure used.

# growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/hdc=CentOS-5.0-i386-bin-DVD.iso

burns the ISO image to DVD, so Linux can mount the resulting DVD.

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burn iso onto cd/usb stick

My favourite programme for making bootable disks is 'dd'

dd if=disk_image.iso of=/dev/device-name

However , if you get the device-name wrong or burn the wrong .iso you can ruin your filling system.


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