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Redhat 7.3 Intall Problem -  Error2 : Requesting cpio : bad magic

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I am trying to install Redhat 7.3 on my system.

System Spec is :

Athlon 1.33Ghz
512Mb PC2100 DDR
MSI Motherboard
MSI GeForce 2 MX

The system boots of the Installation CD#1 and after pressing <Enter> to install Redhat the screen goes blue and it does not a lot or 4/5 minutes or so (except for spinning the CD occasionally and writing to the hard drive).

What happens then is that I will sometimes get the Error2 message in the question title, sometime I dont, and then the installation aborts citing it recieved a signal 11, and then kindly eject the CD for me.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks Carl
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by:ragaMuffin
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7.3 skipjack?
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It doesn't sound like you are getting far enough into the install for any possible problem with the video card to come into play. And a signal 11 usually indicates a memory access problem. That can be the result of any of a number of things, ranging from a hardware problem through a bad CD.

Is the CD you are trying to use a locally burned copy or from a boxed set? And if a locally burned copy is it on CDR or CDRW? I've seen problems like this with CDRW media. Have you tried an install with that CD on some other box? Have you tried making a boot floppy and see if that will boot up?
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by:wurtter
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Carl,

When the initial RedHat install screen comes up, instead of just pressing [Enter] type:

linux nofb

Let me know if the install goes any better.

/*Raj*/
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by:pjedmond
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I'm going to guess here that the problem is with your Linux cd or with your CD reader. The bit relating to bad magic is a reference to a 'magic number' that is written to your CD to indicate either a valid File allocation table, or valid file header.

Error2 is normally a bus or IO error - Error 11 indicates as jlevie has suggested that whatever has been loaded is trying to access memory that it shouldn't.

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