[CentOS] Cannot get CentOS to install

Michael Peterson mpeterson at mail.charlesfurniture.com
Mon Mar 23 21:21:40 UTC 2009


Michael Peterson wrote:
> Scott Silva wrote:
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>> on 3-11-2009 1:44 PM Michael Peterson spake the following:
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>>> William L. Maltby wrote:
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>>>> On Tue, 2009-03-10 at 16:37 -0500, Michael Peterson wrote:
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>>>>> I used google but did not come up with anything current to solve my problem.
>>>>> I have not tried any other search engines yet.
>>>>> There is not a search for the CentOS list so I am creating a new post.
>>>>>     
>>>>>         
>>>>>           
>>>> See below - it's really hard to find.
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>>>>> I have tested the CentOS 5.2 and RHEL 5.3 CD's and they passed.
>>>>> I had to use linux mediacheck ide=nodma to get them to pass.
>>>>> The newest releases seem to most times fail with just linux mediacheck.
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>>>>>         
>>>>>           
>>>> Try making the media after padding the iso image with about 300k of
>>>> zeros. When you search the archives (there is a search - I'll mention
>>>> below) there are a couple of threads about this.
>>>>
>>>>   
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>>>>> I have tried linux ide=nodma and
>>>>> linux text ide=nodma after trying
>>>>> linux and
>>>>> linux text
>>>>>
>>>>> Anaconda fails on both CentOS 5.2 and RHEL 5.3 in all cases.
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>>>>>         
>>>>>           
>>>> With only 512MB or ram you will have to use text mode only, IIRC. Also
>>>> in the archives. There's also some threads that mention noacpi, acpi=no
>>>> and some other stuff I can't recall.
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>>>>> The system I am trying to install on is running CentOS 3.x.
>>>>>
>>>>> The hardware is P4 2.8 CPU, 512 MB RAM, 120GB 3ware IDE/PATA RAID HD, 
>>>>> ATI Video, CDRW CD, Dual Nic, Floppy and IDE/PATA Tape drive.
>>>>>
>>>>> Please provide any options to the kernel that I should try besides the 
>>>>> ones mentioned above that fail.
>>>>> <snip>
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>>>>>         
>>>>>           
>>>> For your google searches, go to the advanced section and specify
>>>> centos.org. That gets what's in the archives. To search directly from
>>>> CentOS site, click "Search" on http://centos.org/
>>>>
>>>> HTH,
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>>> The system I am trying to install on boot with out problems or errors on 
>>> the 5.2 Live CD.
>>> Gui works
>>> Firefox and Network work
>>>
>>> I tried the options mentioned and more and get the same errors.
>>> They are:
>>>
>>> Starting graphical installation ...
>>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>> File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 900, in ? iutil.makeDriveDeviceNodes()
>>> File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py". line 264, in makeDriveDeviceNodes
>>> isys.makeDevinode(device, "dev /%s" % (device,))
>>> File "/usr/lib/anaconda.isys.py", line 422, inmakeDevInode 
>>> _isys.mkdevinode(name,fn)
>>> SystemError: (2, 'No such file or directory')
>>> install exited abnormally [1/1]
>>> sending termination signals ... done
>>>
>>>
>>> The RHEL 5.3 boot disk is the same as above except the line 900 is 924.
>>>
>>> I have tried text and GUI and ide=nodma pci=noacpi with both.
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>>>       
>> Can you see and write to the hard disks with the Live CD?
>>
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> The Live CD can see and access the 3ware RAID connected drives.
> It is using the swap partition.
> I was able to switch to root and remount a file system read-write and 
> copy files from one mount point to another.
> I then deleted the files with no problem.
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> I will try to boot CentOS 5.1 CD 1 on Monday and see what results I get.
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CentOS 5.1 NetInstall CD or CD1 both error out with the same results as 
5.2 in anaconda.

CentOS 4.4 CD 1 which uses the older style install method boots and 
looks like it could install on the system.

I would really like to get CentOS 5.2 or 5.3 installed on the system if 
there is a work around.



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