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When installing RedHat, it repeatdly crashed while
copying libc.so.5 with error 11 message. After repeated
tries(by God's grace, I suppose) it finally worked! But now
when I work in Linux, very often I get hda0:irq timeout
0xda{Busy} errors. This is followed by ide0:reset:success. Is it a problem with installation?? Also if I use RPM -i for additional packages I want to install, i get irq timeouts. But if i convert RPM to cpio and then use cpio to extract from the archive, it works. What is going on?? And the irq timeouts keep popping up whenever they like...What should I do?
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Redhat is a pretty buggy distribution.  Which version are you installing?  It's notorious for self-destructing on an upgrade, sometimes so badly as to leave the system in a completely unusable state.  
Also, did you get it on a CD, or did you download all the files?

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I installed Red Hat 5.0. I got the files of  CDROM
Yes, i know it self destructs on an upgrade - each time i tried
to upgrade from the self bootable CD, it trashed the Linux
partition on my hard drive. Even now on RPM -i it does the same
However rpm2cpio is working, and cpio is extracting okay
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Ah, that's the problem, then.  The CD distribution of Redhat 5.0 was buggy in the extreme.  I put it on my own system once and I ended up having to reformat the drive and start over.  One of the major problems was the switch from libc5 to libc6 (glibc), which they didn't get right until several errata corrections later.  Redhat 5.1 fixed most of those problems (although it has other, different problems, some of which relating to security).

I recommend that you do one of two things.  My primary recommendation is that you wait about a month or so and get the upcoming Debian 2.0 (Hamm) CD.  I don't recommend the currently available one (1.3.1 "Bo") as it is rather severely out of date.  This happens partially, however, because Debian doesn't release distributions that aren't sufficiently tested.  If you're desperate for one now, prerelease CD burns can be obtained for somewhat higher cost through other channels.  I can find those for you if you're interested.

If you're stuck on Redhat, go to http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/errata.html and examine the available files for download.  You may also be able to find something to help you.  I know that they also have on their FTP site a .tar.gz version of the latest version of RPM, which might fix your RPM problem (obviously required before you can fix anything else).  Your better bet with Redhat might be to get a Redhat 5.1 CD and start from there, since that version is considerably more stable.  Errata downloads exist for it too, though, so be sure to check the page anyway.

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