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I am a Windows Systems Administrator at my company and I have been asked to look into DR for our ageing Openserver Machine (Dell PE 4400).  All I want to do initailly is to install SCO OpenServer 5.0 on an old Dell Workstation (Optiplex GX50) I have here with a single IDE Drive for testing and to allow myself to get familiar with the OS.  However I have no install documents and am really struggling to find basic install instructions for SCO.  Can anybody help?
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That machine should be easy to install on (it's old enough).  Put the CD in (or N1 floppy if no CD) and set the machine bios to boot from that media.  It's mostly follow the bouncing ball through the install.  Hit enter at the "boot" prompt.  You first select the install medium (IDE master/slave on primary/secondary) then answer some questions including entering the license info (hopefully you have that) and the disk layout (use entire disk for unix).   The network card looks to be a 3com 905 integrated so the OS may actually see it - if not then deffer the setup and it can be dealt with after the install.  

Some setup will need to be done after the initial install - most notably the default route for the netwok and name server if needed.
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by:Alan Taylor
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Thanks for the feedback Mike, I have tried to boot from the floppy and get to the Boot: prompt
I hit the enter key and the system displays as below and stalls as detailed below

fd(64) Unix root=ram(7) ram.preload=7 swap=none dump=none nbuf=100 ramdisk=fd(64)
rootFS
Sizing Memory
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Looks like a bad floppy or floppy drive.  There are floppy images on the install cd.  It would be better to boot from the cd if you can.
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I have now changed the floppy drive and the cdrom for new ones with no effect.....can anybody offer any advice...
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1) try:
boot: defboostr cache=/d

2) lower the amount of RAM in the machine???

3) Try with a newer version of the OS, here is 5.0.7:

http://www.sco.com/support/update/download/release.php?rid=218

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by:Alan Taylor
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Thanks Mike I will download the later product and give it a go.
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Thanks for all of your help so far Mike.....I downloaded 5.07 and now when I boot from CD all I get is row after row of the letter"E" LOL Do you have any further pointers? I dont even get a boot prompt......
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Try the CD on a different machine to see if it gets a boot: prompt - you could stop there.  Just want to see if the CD is Okay.
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Sorry Mike tried and get the same in a laptop.......is it worth downloading the ISO again and burn it with Easy CDCreator?
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Really sounds like a bad download or a bad burn.  I've had unix formatted floppys do the EEEEEEEEEEE thing to me.

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