Linux install help. Multiple distributions failing.

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  1. Charles J P

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    Hey all, I dont know if there is a big Linux community here, but maybe at least someone can point me in the right direction.

    I have recetly inherited a 500MHz PC which I want to install Linux on to play around with, learn bash commands, and some scripting. I have downloaded Mandrake 9.0 and whatever the newest version of Redhat is. Both were downloaded from FTP sites and the checksums check out on both sets of files (ISOs). When I try to install Mandrake, it errors out on the first package, but gives me the option to continue. I hit continue once and it errored out on the second package too, so I gave up. If I'm installing Redhat, I get much further, in fact it says I need to install around 500 packages, and it doesnt crash until I get 255 installed. The next package according to the installer, is the Linux kernel, and it hangs up on this package and will just sit there no matter how long I let it. Its a 33mb file according to the installer, and other packages of that size take less than 30 seconds to copy, yet I have let this go for 30 minutes and it never moves. I am downloading Caldera OpenLinux to try out when I get home, but I would rather use the other distros, in fact, my choices would be RH first, then Mandrake, then whatever I can get to work. I dont think the computer has any strange hardware, although there is a modem in it that the Mandrake installation keeps mentioning that I'll need third party drivers for. I suppose I could take that out (dont need a modem, this will be networked into a cable modem) but I think it would install anyway and that hardware just wouldnt work. I have got Redhat and Mandrake working on other PCs before, so I have some idea what I'm doing, but Im no Linux expert. Any ideas?
     
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    What is the text of the error you are getting?

    If it's just locking up during install, I'd suspect the memory, CPU fan, and the drive cables, in that order.
     
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    I'll have to double check the text tonight. If it were just one distribution that woulnt install, I might suspect the disks. However its two distros, failing at two different times. Mandrake fails on the first package (this is the one that I get an error message on that I will have to check tonight) and Redhat fails on the same file every time (the Linux Kernel) but I find it hard to beleive a hardware failure like you suggest would let it go so far and then fail at the same place. I would be more likely to suspect a hardware incompatability rather than an actualy physical problem. Also, this PC was running windows 98 just fine when I got it.

    I can swap out the drive cable and do some more testing. I might try removing any extra hardware except that I dont absolutely need in order to install (ie video card, CD-rom and HDD) and see what happens. I'm getting pretty frustrated as I spent about 6 hours on this yesterday. My experience is not making a very good case for Linux supporters. BTW, I have a degree in MIS and my "specialty" is workstation hardware/software, but I admit I come from a windows world.
     
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    The installs shouldn't just be failing on you. Even if you have strange hardware, it is unlikely to cause the install of Red Hat and Mandrake Linux to fail - that is plain weird.

    I have installed Red Hat Linux countless times on my laptop (in fact, I'm using RH 8.0 to make this post!), and recently installed it on a brand new Dell 4500 desktop. The installs have never failed during the actual install process.

    You may just have a bad CD-ROM drive (I'm assuming you burned the ISOs to cds). Try installing from the HD (well, Red Hat let's you do that, but I'm not sure about Mandrake).

    I hope that helps!
     
  6. Try Slackware. I have never had it fail to install on any system I have installed it on. It is a bit harder to install and use but I think it is well worth it.
     
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