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From "lx7" <>
Subject [users@httpd] install CD for Enterprise Linux 4
Date Mon, 26 Nov 2007 18:29:32 GMT
Hi all,

We are having trouble installing Enterprise Linux 4, downloaded from
Oracle, onto an older Dell PowerEdge 2400 (2 Intel processors), to serve
as a webserver, etc.

The missing link seems to be an install CD.

The Dell will perform installs from a CD and from a floppy, as RHL 9
and Windows 2K have both been installed on this box from CD, and RHL 9
from floppy, so it can't be that the Dell box does not want to install
from CD or floppy.

The files vmlinuz and initrd.img are quite a bit larger for EL4 (1,469
and 3,528 KB, respectively) than for RHL9, and so, will not fit on a
floppy. Thus, installing from CD seems the only option.

The first CD for EL4 contains a directory, isolinux, which seems to
have all the necessary files:

However, the Dell will not recognize this CD as a "boot" or "install"
CD and will not boot from it. 

Burning a separate CD with only the files in this directory also does
not work. The Dell will not boot from this CD either.

The CDs are being burned with Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4 software, using
a standard CD writer drive on a PC running W2K. After burning, the CDs
are readable in this drive and on other drives on other machines,
including Linux boxes, so one would conclude that the above file set,
intended to be burned on CD, is actually getting burned on the CDs.

It seems like the boot sector is not getting burned to the CD. Is this
the problem? Or is it something else?

Seems like something very simple is being missed. Several months ago,
this same CD set was used to install EL4 on a Dell PowerEdge 4400 and,
while memory recalls that there were a few false starts, ultimately EL4
did install from this CD set directly to the PowerEdge 4400 where it has
run since - and is still running.

Any ideas? Or alternate solutions?

Thanks in advance,

Larry Kelly

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