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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 hypersoniq MCSE In reply to installation

Hi
need to determine if your CD rom is an old drive. Most CD rom drivers have the ROCK RIDGE extensions built in, without these, don't even try to read anything in the native linux filesystem because it won't work.
Linux will only install to a prepped hard drive, you must do initial partitioning in dos/win ( i suggest at least a main partition and a dedicated swap partition). next, you must set up the drive in the ext2fs, redhat should automate this but it has been known to act erratically in older versions. also, and this is important, be sure that the disk type is set to linux native and the swap partition is set to linux swap.
be forewarned, there are no generic answers to linux problems, each installation is an event in itself, please post more details here so we can fine-tune the problems (such as redhat version, hard drive size and type, ram etc)
also, redhat usually has an install floppy for the first setup, i've never seen a clean cd install yet

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by hanrik.yeung In reply to installation

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by Jeff@KSS In reply to installation

It sounds like you're getting the CD partially read before failure....I've had that situation too. I "shotgunned" my machine to get the fix in, so which of these that worked, I don't know, however, I removed ALL non-essential cards and equipment from the machine:

Sound card (mine had an IDE port on it)
Tape Drive
etc.

I also replaced the CDROM with a single speed IBM since Linux seems really picky about drives on a non-ATAPI system.

After installation, you can add the other stuff back in and *MOST* of it will be autodetected and setup....you'll have to set everything else up yourself.

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by miked In reply to installation

I am assuming an IDE CD-ROM. It is one of two things. One, you may have to tell RH where to find the CD. Your "c" drive should be 'hda'. a 'slave' on that IDE channel is hdb. The primary on the next IDE channel is hdc ... and so on. Depending on the configuration of the card, it could be hdg. The 'notes' on the boot floppy explain how to give it an alternate 'hd?' to use. Run thru the list and see if that helps. Sadly, my sound blaster attatched CD just won't work period <sigh> and I will have to go buy an IDE based drive.

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