[conspire] Re: RHL 9 Install problems
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Jul 7 16:21:15 PDT 2003
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Quoting Greg Dougherty (gregd at molecularsoftware.com):
> I tried telling it to check for Bad Blocks. It claimed to find them, and
> refused to install (I though formatters were supposed to mark off bad blocks,
> not fail).
Yes, that's what should have happened. But please note that Linux
installers invariably default to no bad-block checking, because of the
amount of time it takes.
If you're in doubt about the condition of a hard drive, using the
manufacturer's pseudo-low-level formatting utility for that model will
sometimes make it behave properly, by re-establishing the timing tracks
-- and the same utilities will often also do hardware diagnostics.
Please see my list of links:
> I downloaded the iso's from a red hat mirror, so they should be good.
Just in case you might not have noticed, the RH installer offers, on its
first screen, a "media check" (or words to that effect). It's a good
idea, and constitutes an integrity check of the CD-ROM media's contents,
recalculating the ISO's md5sum value and confirming it against the
stored value. Worthwhile.
> I'll try downloading the LNX-BBC iso, and see what I can do with that.
It's handy to have, anyway -- and I like having it (as well) because
(to me) it's a known quantity: Whenever there's funny stuff going on
and I want reliable diagnostic tools to reduce the number of diagnostic
variables, its contents are useful for doing so.
Cheers, "Send a policeman, and have it arrested."
Rick Moen -- Otto von Bismarck, when asked what he
rick at linuxmafia.com would do if the British Army landed.
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