1. Bootable floppy different than bootable CD ROM for installation of RH 8.0?
Is using a bootable installation floppy any different than
booting installation disc 1?
I am trying to install Red Hat 8.0 on a Dell Latitude CPi laptop.
Red Hat 7.2 is already installed, but many things (e.g. suspend
to RAM or HD, K-mail, KDE Help) don't work. I'm willing to
experiment with 8.0 to see if it's any better.
I've downloaded ISO images and burned installation discs 1, 2,
and 3. The MD5SUM checksums on the downloaded files are correct,
and all three CDs pass the "linux mediacheck" at the boot prompt.
I've configured the BIOS to allow booting from the CD ROM. Since
I get to the boot prompt, I'm assuming that's working correctly.
But, the installation process aborts after probing for hardware.
Here's essentially (not a cut and paste) what I get on the
Probing for video - NeoMagic 128XD (laptop/notebook)
Probing for monitor - Unable to probe
Probing for mouse - Generic 3-button (PS/2)
Traceback (most recent call last)
File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 480, in ?
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/xserver.py", line 27, in ?
from snack import *
File "/usb/lib/python2.2/site-packages/snack.py", line 7, in ?
ImportError: /usr/lib/libnewt.so.0.51: invalid ELF header
install exited abnormally
sending termination signals ... done
sending kill signals ... done
disabling swap ...
unmounting filesystems ...
you may safely reboot your system
I'm asking about a difference between using a floppy and a CD ROM
because for all of my past installations, I've created and used a
floppy, and the installation process was sometimes tiresome but
successful. The only hardware change since the 7.2 installation
is the addition of 64 MB of RAM (bringing the total to 128 MB).
RH 7.2 worked before and after this change (noticeably faster
after). When I used the floppy as the installation boot media, I
had the CD drive in a modular bay and the floppy drive connected
via cable. When I used the CD ROM as the installation boot
media, I had the CD drive in the same modular bay, but no floppy
drive connected at all.
I'm making excellent backward progress. I started with
RH 5.2. After recompiling the kernel, suspend functions were
working. I was dual-booting with Win NT at the time. I decide
to eliminate the Win NT and use the entire HD for Linux. I wiped
everything clean and started over by installing RH 7.2. I've
never been able to get suspend functions to work under 7.2. Now
with 8.0, I'm having difficulty even getting the system
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