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How to install Linux on my machine?? HELP!!

I have a am486dx4 120mhz, 24 megs of ram, a trident svga video card, creative 8x cdrom set a slave, a 1.2 gig connor hd set as master, no modem, no nic, and one floppy.  I have tried to load red hat 4.2, slackware, and caldera openlinux lite.  Each reboot of the boot image on floppy results in this error:
boot:
Loading install........................
Uncompressing Linux...

crc error

 -- System halted_

This is frustrating as I do not know how to fix the problem.  I have tried numerous different floppies, that is not it.  I even used a different floppy drive, that is not it either.  The machine runs perfect with msdos 6.22, including the cdrom.  
The only success I have had is starting the install of caldera openlinux from DOS.  This works throught the complete installation.  When I try and reboot for the first time the machine gives me the NO OPERATING SYSTEM error.  I guess that has to do with the partitions and the boot program.  I have no idea how to make this work.  Any help is greatly appreciated.
Jesse
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vxCommented:
You can use LOADLIN to boot your floppies, ie. for Slackware:
loadlin <bootdiskname (ie. bare.i)> root=/dev/ram rw initrd=<rootdiskname (ie. color.gz)>

This should work for RedHat too, but I don't know how the files are called, you might want to look that up.
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jesse_stewartAuthor Commented:
Can you expand your explanation farther.  I am fairly new to linux and this is greek to me.
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yuewengCommented:
u can try using redhat which don't need any floopy diskette
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jesse_stewartAuthor Commented:
I did that, like yueweng said, but the cdrom forze shut after the installation of reed hat was complete.  Any ideas??
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jesse_stewartAuthor Commented:
I meant to say that I did that, like yueweng said, but the cdrom froze shut, won't open at all, after the installation of red hat was complete.  Any ideas??
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vxCommented:
If your cdrom drive is mounted, it won't open. To open it, first unmount it (ie. umount /dev/cdrom)
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