Red Hat Installation..."mount failed: Invalid Argument"

Red Hat Installation..."mount failed: Invalid Argument"

Post by Jonist » Wed, 04 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Hi...I'm trying to install Red Hat 6.0 and whenever it gets to the "Install
System" step it gives me this error:  "Mount Failed:  Invalid Argument"  It
then lets me retry (which fails again), go to another step from the menu (which
all give errors, probably because the system isn't installed), or just to go
back.  I really have no idea what to do now so if anyone could help I would
really appreciate it.


Red Hat Installation..."mount failed: Invalid Argument"

Post by XenoBoy » Wed, 04 Aug 1999 04:00:00

I don't know what exact situation is but it is probably one of following

1. your hard drive is big (>8.4 GB), requiring extra argument BEFORE you begin
Redhat setup (where you choose between expert mode and other modes)

2. your installation program is corrupt.

3. your mount program is corrupt.

4. you didn't not set up partitions right (with Disk Druid or fdisk)

I don't remember what Install System step does since it's been long time since
I installed mine.  If you got passed Setting up partition part right, I don't
know what happened because mine had problem recogninzing big HD (22GB) so I had
to specify that to linux kernel so I could use Disk Druid and makes no problem.



1. On install (Red Hat 5.0) "mount failed: invalid argument" with a Funai E2550UA CD

Seems this is a really common error message, but I can't find any deja or
current news to help me. I am trying to install Red Hat 5.0 on a DX/66 with 16M
Ram and 2x CD drive (Createive Labs, Funai E2550UA).

After booting from the floppy, I get to the "install from where" prompt and
choose "Local CDROM", it then prompts me to pick a CD type and I choose
Soundblaster type. It then offers an autoprobe or speicfy options. I have tried
the autoprobe, it can't do it and the specify options bit is a little strange.
It has sbpcd= entrybox  and a miscellaneous options entry box.

So I checked out the hardware HOWTO and that lists explicitly that this drive
is supported (good ... relief) and that the sbpcd driver is the one to use, but
the docs say you specify if it's in the kernel command line with the sbpcd line


while the prompt dring the 5.0 install requires IO Base, IRQ, label. Anything
and everything I have tried doesn't seem to get past the "mount failed: invalid
argument" response. BTW it appear as though some response is garnered by the
system since the door seems to rattle a little (but no light goes on).

Q. What do I have to enter on each of the lines (ie. explicitly direct me to
the format e.g. do I need spaces or commas separating parameters?, do I need
the IRQ for the CD?, is it the same as the soundcard IRQ (i.e. 5 ... 'cos there
aint an IRQ listed under Win95's view of the system)?,etc etc) of the specify
options section to allow me to get to the next section of the install? Do I
need anything on the "Miscellaneous options" line?

Thanks in desperation.


Dr. Alex

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