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Old 02-26-2005, 02:35 PM   #1
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Fatal error in installing packages for Slack 10.1

I was very excited to finally put on Slack 10.1 on my computer. I downloaded the torrent file and made it into an ISO, I put the first disc into my computer and followed everything with ease (I used to use 10.0 so I know and love the install), when it was all up and ready to go it started to install all the packages and then it all went south from there. About 10 seconds into the install it says something like this:

Fatal error in installing your packages. This could be due to bad media devices, corrupt files, etc. etc.

I put the ISO on the disc, was the file just bad or something? I also noticed that I might have screwed up on my part because there are two other files in the torrent download. "ASC", "MD5", and "ISO" were among the files and I only burned the ISO to the disc. Do I need those other files for it to work? Is it something that I am doing wrong or is it a corrupted file I'm dealing with? Any help would be most appreciated because I'm really itching to get 10.1 on. Thanks.
Old 02-26-2005, 03:46 PM   #2
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The ASC and MD5 files are there to check if the ISO you downloaded isn't corrupt.
Try burning another cd or using those files to check if your ISO is ok.
Old 02-26-2005, 03:50 PM   #3
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Try burning the ISOs at a ridiculously slow speed. I've had to do that with some Slackware ISOs, though I don't know why. Maybe they're densely packed or something. If I remember correctly, the first CD image came out fine, but the second and subsequent ones didn't. They would load and read, but would produce an error. The checksum checked out, though.

I've burned a lot of distros, and only Slackware and one other have needed to be burned at a slow speed.
Old 02-26-2005, 03:54 PM   #4
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OK I'll try that in Nero thanks.

I know that MD5 checks for corrupt files but how do I use them exactly?

Update: Now re-burning the ISO at 12X speed, there was an 8X but eh.

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Old 02-26-2005, 04:11 PM   #5
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I have this problem when your using an install kernel that doesn't support your existing / filesystem.... Worth mentioning I suppose, even tho thats a little obvious. Thats the same exact error I believe. Use bare.i with the option to slow format the partition in Reiserfs if your not already.


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