CentOS 4.8 fails to install on Pentium III

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Re: CentOS 4.8 fails to install on Pentium III

Postby AlanBartlett » 2010/12/27 16:13:39

Back to what you said about the IDE driver, might it be related to something I'm doing wrong with the RAID?

Huh? RAID? First mention of such . . . as I seem to recall. That could well be an issue. If there is not a true hardware RAID controller in the system, then you would be advised to use the Linux kernel software RAID and not a BIOS / fake RAID. A search through past forum posts will show that the attempted usage of a BIOS / fake RAID is the source of considerable problems, confusion and data loss. (BIOS / fake RAIDs are only of relevance in the Redmond 'Doze OS environment).

As for two 4 GB hard disks -- are you sure of their capacity? Could they actually be 40 GB? I wouldn't consider attempting to install on a disk smaller than 25 GB -- even if pushed and would consider 40 GB to be the viable minimum for a workstation, not a server.

when I check the DVD for errors it says there's something wrong

How are you checking? After booting the DVD, by selecting the media check option?

Again, the information you have provided is pointing back to the BIOS, BIOS configuration or the disk controller.

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Re: CentOS 4.8 fails to install on Pentium III

Postby darthtraya » 2010/12/27 22:00:41

It's a software RAID, but I'm not using a fake RAID. As I'm not going to really use it as a server, I think that 7 GB for the system should be OK, but I'm not able to install it even if I install checking "minimal" when selecting packages. I check the DVD once it's booted, but when I check it with the same reader in another computer it passes the test... As it might be a problem of the memory, I've changed them and am going to try to install again, this time with the network installer

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Re: CentOS 4.8 fails to install on Pentium III

Postby toracat » 2010/12/27 22:49:59

... Or get CD#1. You should be able to do a minimal install with this CD only.

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Re: CentOS 4.8 fails to install on Pentium III

Postby darthtraya » 2010/12/27 23:40:00

Finally, it installed succesfully and I'm updating right now... I think the prpblem was with the memory, but I took that modules from a working pc... Anyway, thanks for helping me!