[CentOS] C5 i386 DVD boot problems

Scott Ehrlich scott at MIT.EDU
Mon Oct 22 17:13:33 UTC 2007

I tried to boot from two different CentOS 5 DVDs, both pass the checksum 
test, and both give me the same error on a Dell laptop from either GUI or 
text install modes:

invalid compressed format (err=2)
VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(253,0)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic...

I did some google searching and learned other people have had the same 
problem, but no resolutions were ever posted.

I'm downloading the CD version and will see if that makes any difference.

Assuming it won't make a difference, how do I resolve this so I can get 
CentOS installed on the system?



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