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Why I can't install Red Hat 5.1 on virtualbox or vmware?

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Hello,

I tried today to install Redhat 5.1 on virtualbox, the installing goes so far when i reboot the box, Error Fatal, no medium found .... like if i didn't install nothing, i received the CD of Red Hat 5.1 with a book called Mastering Linux, but as i see, i have hard times to install on virtualbox is there any trick?
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by:eappiah
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What version of Virutalbox are you using?
When creating a VM you could try to change the Storage controller type.

Click on a VM -> Settings -> Storage -> Type.

You could also try a more recent version of RHEL.
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by:RobertParten
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Use centOS as it is a Binary Compatible Version of Red Hat and is more apt to being in a virtual environment. I have CentOS in Virtualbox right now.
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by:david875
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Yes i know about CentOS, Actually I use it as i prefer it than any other distribution.

The reason i want to install this is because i have a book of 800 pages and i want to follow with it since they provide a CD of RedHat 5.1

I see that VirtualBox has Sata Controller, and there is only 1 type : AHCI

Any solution?
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by:mccracky
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I haven't tried it yet.  I just installed VirtualBox to see it, but I see you can add a hard disk under the IDE controllers.  Does that work?
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by:david875
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Indeed, the system detected the SCSI Controller When scanning for SCSI Bus ... The problem was found when probing after i selected the graphic card, when i press Probe because it's the only option, the screen become Black and that's it.. when i reboot, no system found.

I must say that i added the following partitions without a successful attempt:

/
/boot
/var
/src
/src/local
/src/usr
Swap
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by:Joseph Gan
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I can install RHES5 on vmware.
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Also look this link about VirtualBox support requirment for various OS:
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Guest_OSes
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by:david875
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so what i'm doing is impossible, since VirtualBox support RedHat 7 and UP, mine is 5.1 then no way :) i'm gonna try to download RH7
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by:Joseph Gan
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Not compatible was the answer. Also can install on VMware.
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by:mccracky
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No, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 *is* compatible.  Red Hat Enterprise Linux is *later* than RedHat 7.  (The numbering of the Enterprise strain is different than just RedHat (which then became Fedora).
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by:prak_seafarer
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u need to boot through cdrom. force to enter the bios and set the boot medium to cdrom. then before u exit the bios, mount the RHEL cdrom and exit bios so that the boot medium is identified. i hope the vm creation was done in custom mode.
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by:david875
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@mccracky: i'm not using Red Hat Entreprise, this is just Red hat 5.1 1998, an old ancient distribution

@prak_seafarer:i'm using Vmware/Virtualbox, Not on my real box :)
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@david875: you cannot install that Red Hat on Vmware or VirtualBox because it's out of date to support on Virtualization, what i recommand, is to install RedHat 7 or Redhat 9, it will work for sure, and I might add, i feel your concern about following tips from the book you have with the CD they provided you, I can say that if you install Redhat 9 you can still follow with what you have in the book, there will be no big differences.

Good luck
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by:mccracky
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Ok, If it's that ancient, you're right, it won't work.  I'd go for CentOS 5 and use the book.  Most of it will be similar enough to help you with your learning from the book and up-to-date enough that you can also find a lot of help here or elsewhere on the web.
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by:prak_seafarer
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you can try with the other OS option i think you can select linux in other OS. though you might not be able to install vmware tools on it other OS option might solve ur issue
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