[CentOS] CentOS 5.5/i386/32-bit CD installation hickups

Tue Jul 27 18:52:08 UTC 2010
Benjamin Franz <jfranz at freerun.com>

On 07/27/2010 11:18 AM, Boris Epstein wrote:
> Hello listmates,
> I've got a few older 32-bit PC's that only have a CD drive (no DVD).
> So I downloaded all the ISO's and I thought I'd install CentOS 5.5 on
> this 1.25 GB P-3 (I think, don't remember what CPU it's got right off
> hand, not that it should matter). So I tried it there, got a fatal
> exception. OK, no problem - thinking that maybe  something was wrong
> with that machine I decided to try it on a different one, a P-3 with
> 384 MB or RAM. Same thing happened.
> So here's my question: has anybody successfully installed CentOS 5.5
> on a 32-bit machine (i386) using individual CD's as their installation
> media?

The closest I have is a P3 with 1 GByte of RAM over HTTP using the 5.4 
netinstall CD that I installed several months ago (I keep a local mirror 
of the CentOS tree). That worked fine for me. My first thought on a 
machine that old would be either flaky memory or or a flaky CD drive. I 
would run memtest86+ on them and then try a network install. You can 
mount the DVD ISO on loopback on a webserver for an install source.

Benjamin Franz