[CentOS] Problem with net-install

Samuel Torralba satorralba at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 13:47:35 UTC 2011

On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 3:37 AM, david <david at daku.org> wrote:

> Folks
> I tried the net-install, because my computer has no DVD, only a CD.
> The system has a USB connected keyboard, and it works just fine
> accessing the built-in BIOS.
> However, when I booted the netinstall CD, the initial screen which
> asks for the type of installation did not respond to the keyboard.  I
> was therefore forced to wait the 30-seconds for the timeout, at which
> point the install screen showed up and the keyboard worked.
> I fear that the net-install image may not support USB keyboards,
> which if so, is unfortunate.
> The alternate of burning multiple CDs (as I've done with earlier
> versions) appears unavailable in CENTOS 6.
> Furthermore, I was never given the choice of using a GUI or text
> install; I guess the old display device isn't supported in the
> install system.  Not being given any choices of packages during the
> install (a fact noted in the release notes) resulted, however, a
> system where a lot of the expected utility programs weren't there.:
>   a)  "yum" worked
>   b)  No SSH client appeared to exist, nor did YUM know about it.
>   c)  Several useful utilities were not there, so they had to be
> installed via yum.

you need > 652MB of ram for the GUI install:

> As a result, the process of bringing this system to a usable state
> consisted of:
>   1)  Burn net-install CD
>   2)  Answer the few questions.
>   3)  For the net-install site, use
> http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6.0/os/i386
>   4)  When it boots, use yum:
>       yum install ftp perl unzip
>   5)
> COMMENT:  One of the nice properties of Linux has been that it can be
> installed and run on "old" hardware.  I wonder if this feature is going
> away.
> David
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