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    Itai Raz Guest

    newbie. Really Newbie

    Hi All,

    I really know my way around windows. Who cares....

    I wonder if there's a best practice or something here that I'm missing. I
    downloaded the images for installation of RedHat 8.0, and burned them, then
    tried to install Linux. It failed. I then tried to go through the media
    check that it does just before the installation starts, and the check showed
    me Discs 1 and 3 were failing. I then tried to download Disc 1 again
    (different download site), burned it again, and tried again. Same result.
    The check seems to go up to 9%, then hang for a while, and then come back
    with a "fail" result.

    Any ideas, anyone?

    Thanks,

    --itai


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    Paul Guest

    Re: newbie. Really Newbie


    "Itai Raz" <notreadingthis@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >Hi All,
    >I wonder if there's a best practice or something here that I'm missing.

    I
    >downloaded the images for installation of RedHat 8.0, and burned them, then
    >tried to install Linux. It failed. I then tried to go through the media
    >check that it does just before the installation starts, and the check showed
    >me Discs 1 and 3 were failing. I then tried to download Disc 1 again
    >(different download site), burned it again, and tried again. Same result.
    >The check seems to go up to 9%, then hang for a while, and then come back
    >with a "fail" result.
    >
    >Any ideas, anyone?
    >


    First, before actually burning the CDs you should check that the images that
    you downloaded are OK. Most distributions create what are called "MD5" files,
    which is a text file that includes the name of the file as well as a check
    value (called a "message digest fingerprint") in the form of a 32-byte long
    hexadecimal string. If the CD image file you are downloading is xxx.iso,
    then the check file will usually be called xxx.iso.md5; download this file
    along with the CD image file, then run an MD5 check.

    To obtain an MD5 generator/checker, you can do a search for "MD5"; I did
    this a minute ago and found a command-line version (along with instructions
    for use) at:
    http://www.fourmilab.ch/md5/
    There are Windows/GUI versions as well, but I'll leave you to research that
    on your own...

    If, after downloading, the CD image passes the MD5 check, then you know that
    the source data is OK. If you are *still* having problems, that pretty much
    leaves the quality of the media (I've had media problems in the past) and/or
    the CDR subsystem on your system...

    GKP
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    paul Guest

    Re: newbie. Really Newbie


    "Paul" <gkp@mad.scientist.com> wrote:
    >
    >"Itai Raz" <notreadingthis@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >>Hi All,
    >>I wonder if there's a best practice or something here that I'm missing.

    >I
    >>downloaded the images for installation of RedHat 8.0, and burned them,

    then
    >>tried to install Linux. It failed. I then tried to go through the media
    >>check that it does just before the installation starts, and the check showed
    >>me Discs 1 and 3 were failing. I then tried to download Disc 1 again
    >>(different download site), burned it again, and tried again. Same result.
    >>The check seems to go up to 9%, then hang for a while, and then come back
    >>with a "fail" result.
    >>Ive found the iso's that ive downloaded from www.linuxiso.org to be very

    reliable..never a problem with them....try there if you havent already
    >>Any ideas, anyone?
    >>

    >
    >First, before actually burning the CDs you should check that the images

    that
    >you downloaded are OK. Most distributions create what are called "MD5" files,
    >which is a text file that includes the name of the file as well as a check
    >value (called a "message digest fingerprint") in the form of a 32-byte long
    >hexadecimal string. If the CD image file you are downloading is xxx.iso,
    >then the check file will usually be called xxx.iso.md5; download this file
    >along with the CD image file, then run an MD5 check.
    >
    >To obtain an MD5 generator/checker, you can do a search for "MD5"; I did
    >this a minute ago and found a command-line version (along with instructions
    >for use) at:
    >http://www.fourmilab.ch/md5/
    >There are Windows/GUI versions as well, but I'll leave you to research that
    >on your own...
    >
    >If, after downloading, the CD image passes the MD5 check, then you know

    that
    >the source data is OK. If you are *still* having problems, that pretty much
    >leaves the quality of the media (I've had media problems in the past) and/or
    >the CDR subsystem on your system...
    >
    >GKP


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