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RH 7.1 Setup

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I am new to Linux and Red Hat. I have a pretty basic question, I hope.

I downloaded RH 7.1 from their website. I burned the disks using ISO 9660. When I run the boot.img disk that they provide, it doesn't recognize the disk in my CD drive. It appears to recognize the drive fine, just not the CD.

1> How can I get it to recognize the disk in the drive? Do I need to burn it in a special manner? Their website doesn't say how to burn an .ISO file

2> I can get an install to work if I put the files on a DOS formatted hard disk and install from that. I'd like to do a Linux format if I need to install it that way. Right now, the disk is partitioned but not formatted. Is there a downloadable Linux bootdisk with fdisk on it that I can use to format the disk and copy the files over?

Thanks for any help I can get.
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Are you sure the CD was burned properly? Can you see its contents from another system? (even MS)

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Also, the CD is bootable so if your machine can boot off a CD I would recommend doing that.

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I tried burning 3 different copies at 2x to make sure it wasn't bad disks. Also, once I copied the files from the CD to the DOS-formatted HD, it worked fine (except RH ran really slow and jerky on my 266MHz box).

I've tried booting from the CD but it says no boot record is found, which is why I want to be sure I am burning the disks right. I CAN read the disks just fine on my PC.  







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I presume the file names on the CDs and the CCD labels shouldn't matter.

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oops   CCD = CD

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File names DO matter, labels do not.

A few issues I thought of;
- You have a functioning RH system? Can it read the CD?
- Can you read these CDs on any drive other than the one you burned them on?
- The drive you are trying to install from -- is it SCSI, a burner, or plane old IDE, or ...?

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1> no functioning RH machine now but I DID have my machine up and running on a DOS partition. I didn't check to see if the OS could read the drives at the time.

2> I burned them on a Mac using Toast. I used ISO9660 format. Because of this, the file names were changed to 8.3 format from the names they had (seawolf - 386 yada yada yada...).  What names SHOULD the files have? If they are an .ISO file, I wouldn't think the name of the file mattered. Shouldn't it boot nonetheless?

3> the drive is a basic (E)IDE drive. Again, if I copy the files from the CD to the drive using DOS and then boot with the boot.img disk, I can install Red Hat just fine. I just can't boot from the CD itself nor will the boot.img disk see the disk in the drive.


I just talked to a friend of mine. He explained to me that the .ISO file is a disk image. I didn't realize this. That makes the burn process different than simply copying the file as a file. I don't know if Toast has this ability but I have another box I can burn from with software that will do this. This should fix it for me. I'll let you know.

Thanks! I'll keep this open for a bit in case I run across something else, too.  :-)
 

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Ah...burning them as disk images work MUCH better. Hopefully, no more problems to come.  :-)



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It installed great. A little ".ISO is a disk image file" note would help a lot at Red Hat's site.
Now to play around and figure it all out.

Thanks for your help!  I gave you the points just because it made me think that the disks were burned improperly and they were.

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