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By hanrik.yeung ·
I have a 486 DECpc which meet the minimum requirement to install Redhat Linux. I put in a internal CDROM but was unable to install from CD. Whenever I run install, the installation starts to load but fails after a while.

Why does this happens?

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by morgen In reply to installation

Okay, one of three things is happening.
1. You are using a burned cd which isn't working properly with your drive.
2. You have a hardware problem.
3. MORE LIKELY is that Redhat hardware probing is locking up on a device.

When you get the boot: prompt, type in 'text expert'

This will bypass hardware probing and let you set your hardware up manually.

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by hanrik.yeung In reply to installation

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by csheltcomp In reply to installation

If the lockup occurs during the file process, then it is the cdrom hanging. Otherwise, it is a piece of hardware that that isn't being probed correctly.

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by hanrik.yeung In reply to installation

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by What the ...! In reply to installation

Old 486 huh? Odds are that the BIOS doesn't know about CD drives. If your system is booting to DOS/WIN and able to use the CD drive, your linux CD probably has instructions to make installation/boot floppies for installing linux. I had to use this route for a Gateway 486 that didn't have a CD installed origrinally.

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by hanrik.yeung In reply to installation

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by moflic In reply to installation

Could it be that your HDD and CDROM are both master?
Or if you have a WD HDD make sure you jumpered it to master with slave present. Also you might want to try and borrow a win98 boot disk to see if it does recognise your CDROM and HDD correctly. If the CDROM is on a sound card's IDE port, read more of the HOW-TOs on the RedHatCD.

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by rgravelle In reply to installation

Try booting your machine with a windows boot
disk with cd rom support.If you can read the
redhat cd, then you should be able to install. The other possibility is that you
dont have enough hard drive space.

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