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I purchased a Redhat linux install from their online store. I downloaded the Binary DVD (Client Core/Workstation/Virtualization) I am assuming this is the entire install and doing that instead of the individual ISO's

So now after downloaded it I burnt in using my MAC. I went through the steps below
Insert a blank disc.

1. Start Disk Utility.
2. From the File menu, choose Open Disk Image and select the ISO to be burned.
3. In the list of volumes, you will now see an item representing the ISO file. Select it.
4. Click the Burn button and follow the instructions.

After I did that I tried to install the installation via booting to the DVD. The thing is that it will NOT boot from the DVD. I have tried a few times and it will will not boot.

I then tried to burn it again using NERO and I had the same issue. I then tried just burning the contents of the ISO to a DVD and that didn't work either.

Looking for help installing this to a Lenovo T400s.

Thanks
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by:VMthinker
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You should do the following checks:

-Did you set your BIOS to "boot from disk"?
-Are you sure your burn the iso image properly?
-Use an iso burner and not any conventional burner. (Its different.)(Try XP burner).
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by:jcparedes
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Have you tried accessing the BIOS and check the boot order? There's usually a hot key to change the boot device when the machine turns on, try F8, F9 or F12
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by:arnold
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It is not clear what you downloaded.
Can you use your mac tools to explore the ISO?
mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=451598

It might be that what you downloaded is a combination of several images.

in the least, there should be one bootable CD ISO. and the  DVD will contain the additional packages/features.
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by:djreddog
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I do have the Bios set and I have thought of the issue of it not burning properly but I did try Nero as well and burnt it using the image. I am not sure what else I could use or try. I even just tried to use the XP built in burner and it did not work.

Any other thoughts?
 
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by:djreddog
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arnold: - I downloaded the Binary DVD (Client Core/Workstation/Virtualization) I think this is the entire ISO and from what I am reading I only need this one and just burn this one to a DVD and run it.

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by:djreddog
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jcparedes: - Ya I have the boot order all set and I did change the drive as compatible mode as well.
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by:Seth Simmons
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Assuming the disc is burned properly, you can also...

Try burning ISO on another system (maybe issue with recording drive).
Try to boot from the DVD on another system.
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by:djreddog
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seth2740: ya I did a lot of testing prior to posting this and yes as I mentioned I did burn this on a PC and a MAC and both did not work properly. I did try to install this on a T60 as well and still same issue. This is defiantly a head scratcher..
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by:VMthinker
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It could be the ISO image problem? You might want to try downloading it again. Or you could try downloading Ubuntu and try installing it on your MAC to verify if its your system setting issues.
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by:arnold
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Do you have a boot menu option at times it can be hitting escape, F12.?
Double check that you have a DVD rom/rw.

The other option is to use isobuster to make sure there is a boot sector on the DVD/DVD.iso?
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by:jcparedes
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You can verify that the ISO is ok by checking the MD5 checksum.
In the Red hat FTP from where you downloaded the ISO image there's also a file called MD5CHECKSUM, compare the hash (long string inside) with the one you generate using http://www.etree.org/md5com.html on the ISO image you downloaded.

Cheers
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by:torimar
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- verify the MD5 checksum of the downloaded iso
- do not use rewritable media
- burn at slow speed (~ 4x)
- make sure the DVD media you use work well with your burner

For a different burning software, check out free ImgBurn: www.imgburn.com

If you want to make sure your iso is actually bootable without wasting any more blank media, try booting a virtual machine off the iso, use VirtualBox if you don't already have such software installed: www.virtualbox.org
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by:Kerem ERSOY
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Hi,

It seesm that there's a problem with the downloaded imamge. If you have a software to chec kthe contents of the ISO try to mount it  and see if the ocntetnts re intatct.

Cheers,
K.
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by:djreddog
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ok I just downloaded this software www.imgburn.com and I just burned it. I tried to use it and it wont boot still so while doing this I downloaded the ISO again and it tried it. After going through those steps again and it still did not work. Not sure what the issue is with this. Am I missing something, do i need another disk?
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by:arnold
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The problem for me is that I am uncertain of what you downloaded. can you post the size of the ISO.

imgburn might not burn DVDs.

you could use ISObuster to add the boot parameters prior to burning.  Check with redhat to see whether there is an additional ISO you need to download.
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by:djreddog
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Ok imgburn did burn it and the size of the ISO is 3 plus GB.
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by:arnold
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It is nearly impossible to diagnose what the issue might be if one has not recently purchased the same product as you.

An option you might want to explore is use www.centos.org which is RedHat based.
Install it on the system.

Then try to determine what the issue is with either the burn or the ISO that is not bootable.  If you load the created DVD, does it have tools/readme etc. that deal with creating a bootable install CD or DVD for a particular task?
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by:VMthinker
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Have you tried using the ISO to boot in a VMware environment?
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by:Kerem ERSOY
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Hi,

Since it does not boot it seems tat it is either the download image (the size is not an issue here as you've indicated the boot DVD image is not larger than a DVD disk) or there's a problem with your DVD drive.

To eliminate the bad issue problem you might like to boot the DVD from another system and Run test Disc it is an integral part of the RHEL Setup. The best idea is try to boot the iso from a virtual machine. You might have a version of a virtualizer as a part of your MacOS or as a standalone program. You might like to mount and check the contents of the DVD after you burn through MacOS. Can you see any directories or files in the DVD after burning?

You might like to boot your Lenovo Restore DVD to see if the drive is functioning. I don't think image burs software is an issue when it comes to burn a small image on the DVD.

Cheers,
K.
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by:djreddog
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Ok what I had to do is burn all 7 disks and it started to work that DVD for some strange reason would not work. So when I started with CD 1 and booted up it worked perfectly.

Thank you all for the help.
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by:arnold
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While I did not explicitly say get the CD-ROM, ISOs comment #33678323 does reference the possible option of using a bootable CD-rom.
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Arnoid, I did have a bootable DVD and it did not work with the question I had posted. I was trying to use that. I am sorry that it did not work but once I did the bootable set of CD's which was 7 of them it worked.

Thank you all for the help but I guess we are unable to use the DVD
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by:arnold
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Once you install, could you check whether the system on which you were trying to install actually has a DVD rom by trying to see whether it can see the data on the DVD you created?

You seem to have objected to your own question, yet you elected to close the question the same way.
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by:djreddog
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The laptop is a NEW T400 with a DVDrom dirve as well. I am trying to close this because the issue was NOTresolved I had to use and older way to resolve this. I thank you for you time but it is simple that the DVD install will not work for some reason. Using all those CD's will work.

Thank you for your help Arnoid.
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