[CentOS] "installation method" (CentOS 5.2)

Dag Wieers dag at centos.org
Mon Jul 7 10:51:20 UTC 2008

On Mon, 7 Jul 2008, Herta Van den Eynde wrote:

> I'm trying to install CentOS 5.2 on a Dell PE 1850 via the DRAC 4
> card, with CentOS-5.2-i386-bin-1of6.iso mounted as virtual media.  At
> the boot prompt, I hit <Enter>, which should start the graphical
> installation, but it starts off with a text installation.  I am asked
> - whether I want to test the media, which I skip
> - what language I want to use - I select English
> - what keyboard I have - I select us
> - the installation method - "What type of media conatins the packages
> to be installed?"
>  I have the choice between
>  - Local CDROM
>  - Hard drive
>  - NFS image
>  - FTP
>  - HTTP
>  but not virtual CDROM.
> How can I get it to install from the virtual CDROM? (and no, choosing
> Local CDROM doesn't work).

Because the operating system does not know this is a "virtual" CDROM. The 
interface looks very real to it. It should work with Local CDROM though.

> Why is the question there in the first place?  It got that far using
> the virtual media, so why not simply continue using it?

I think that fails because for some reason your (virtual) CDROM driver 
failed to load. Therefor the "generic" boot installation does not detect 
it is booting from the (virtual) CDROM and asks the question.

> P.S.  CentOS 5.1 doesn't have this issue, but I just erased the 5.1
> isos, so I'm hoping that I won't need to reload them all.

It could help us to find out whether this issue exists with RHEL5.2 as 
well and what the (virtual) CDROM interface is. Is it a USB cdrom device, 
or some other device ?

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