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My machine is 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 each of the three different versions, of the boot image on floppy results in this error:
    boot:
    Loading install........................
    Uncompressing Linux...

    crc error

     -- System halted_

This error occurs when I try and boot from the floppy when it is created with rawrite from the linux cd.  But when 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, using install.bat.  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.

Thank you
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by:olvo
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Try using loadlin that boots from dos, and then rerun the map installer.
Make sure your linux patition is below 1024 cylinder.
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by:mart010897
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It's also quite possible that you have some bad RAM or even a bad floppy drive...  The crc error it's complaining about is in the gzipped kernel image that it just loaded raw from floppy disk.  If it works when you boot it off your cdrom, then I have to say your floppy drive is suspect.  Try swapping it with the floppy drive from your other machine, perhaps?

-Mart
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by:jesse_phoenix
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Yes, but I tried it with two different floppies, many different floppy disks, and the same thing occured.  Could it then, by process of elimination, be some of the ram is bad??
That is the only thing I can think of.  Also, when I create the swap partition on installation, I tell it to create it double the size of the ram.  And when it is created, the swap partition is only 32 mb -- that is 2x 16 mb.  The machine supposedly has 24mb of ram!!  So I think that is the problem.  Let me know if you have any other solutions,  enter them as answer, mart, and I will give you the points.  
Thank you very much for the enlightenment...
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by:kathotia
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The CD from which you have created the boot image may be bad. Try another CD and check
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by:mart010897
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Jesse--

That sounds definitely like bad RAM.  If i were you (and didn't have any extra RAM lying around) I would try taking out the "24 MB" of ram and putting in 8 MB only... All the RAM can't be bad, and that way you can eliminate the SIMMs that are bad-- and also make the determination that it's bad RAM.  If the first 8MB combination you try doesn't work, try a different set of SIMMs-- you get the idea... that way at least you'll get Linux installed.

kathotia-- Please don't propose answers unless you're reasonably sure that it's an answer to the question.  Your proposed answer isn't very useful or informative, and quite possibly wrong.  It makes it hard for the person who solves the problem to get the credit.

-Mart

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by:jesse_phoenix
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Mart --
Repost your comment as an answer and I will give you the points.  Kathotia's answer I have rejected, it is not the cd that is the problem at all.  I had a bad 8mb simm.  Thank you for the deductive help Mart.
Again, Mart, repost as an answer and I will increase your points.
Thank you.
Jesse
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mart010897 earned 150 total points
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Excellent... glad that worked... here's the previous comments as answer...

Mart

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Jesse--

That sounds definitely like bad RAM.  If i were you (and didn't have any extra RAM lying around) I would try taking out the "24 MB" of ram and putting in 8 MB only... All the RAM can't be bad, and that way you can eliminate the SIMMs that are bad-- and also make the determination that it's bad RAM.  If the first 8MB combination you try doesn't work, try a different set of SIMMs-- you get the idea... that way at least you'll get Linux installed.

kathotia-- Please don't propose answers unless you're reasonably sure that it's an answer to the question.  Your proposed answer isn't very useful or informative, and quite possibly wrong.  It makes it hard for the person who solves the problem to get the credit.

-Mart
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