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

Wed Jul 28 18:24:16 UTC 2010
Boris Epstein <borepstein at gmail.com>

On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 2:52 PM, Benjamin Franz <jfranz at freerun.com> wrote:
> 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
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I just used the netinstall to load CentOS 5.5 from a mounted ISO of
the DVD and on one of the machines in question it worked like a charm.
Thanks once again for an excellent suggestion.