Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 74386
install hangs when trying to do a fresh 7.3 install on a free partition
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:46:50 EDT
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Description of problem:
i am trying to install redhat 7.3 in a partition on my 2nd harddrive (hdb). i
want to boot to it via a floppy. the previous linux distro that was on this
partition (suse 7.1) installed flawlessly. however, i have decided to give
redhat a try and chose to install over (ie wipeout) the competing distro.
during installation, the install failed and had me save the info to a floppy
which i will be attaching to this post.
i wanted to install redhat due to its reputation, however, if the install is
indicative of the overall quality of redhat, i might be tempted to go back to
my previous distro. doing a custom install, takes a long time to select 800+
packages. at least w/suse, i had the opportunity to save out my selections
which allowed me to pick up where i left off in case i ran out of time or if
something went wrong. it also recognized my desire to install on hdb and
allowed me to set up a boot floppy which redhat, at this point, hasn't allowed
me to do.
since i am very new to linux, i would appreciate help in simple terms.
thank you for taking the time to read this, i look forward to your response.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. choose to install on a linux partition on drive hdb (overwrite the existing
2. choose custom install and select individual packages (i had 870+ selected).
3. choose not to set up a bootable area (ie deselect grub and do not select
lilo. since there was no option to select booting from a floppy, i was going
to create the boot floppy later).
Actual Results: during the install, the program quit and listed an error
message. i chose to dump the message to a floppy and will include it as an
Expected Results: the install should have proceeded until i had to change
cd's. it should've then asked me to remove cd #1 and insert either cd #2 or #3.
Additional info: i will send an attachment.
Could you please attach the error dump you created?
Created attachment 915126 [details]
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ok, i've made some progress. i was able to possibly copy the cd's to my
harddrive. unfortunately, since i haven't been able to install linux, the cd
content is on a fat partition under windows.
i also managed to copy the boot.img file to a floppy using rawritewin and it
my problem at this point is when i try to list the directory that the redhat
files are in, the install doesn't seem to recognize the disk's format. it does
recognize the drive, 'cause it lists all my partitions for my 2 HDD's.
the redhat files are in my c:\redhat directory, but when i enter that at the
install dialog, an error message reports that it can't find the files. i've
tried all combinations for that directory using both "\" and "/". sometimes
the install program states that /tmp/hdimage/X (where "X" = the various
combinations of "c:\Redhat" that i've typed in) can't be found.
i've typed in:
C:\Redhat (also used /)
\Redhat (also used /)
windows\C\Redhat (also used /)
\windows\C\Redhat (also used /)
i've also tried looking for sometype of commandline to try mounting the windows
partition, but couldn't find one.
do you have any suggestions? i'd like to try redhat.
thank you for taking the time to read this,
I'm not sure I understand what you're trying - if you want to install from your
HD you need to have the ISO images for disc 1, 2, and 3 in a directory. You
cannot simply copy the files of the CDs, you need the ISO images.
Closing due to inactivity, please reopen if you have additional information to add.
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.