New to linux, problems with initial boot: fedora
Posted 16 February 2004 - 11:28 PM
the problem that im having is. i downloaded the 3 iso images from linux and i made a boot floppy using "rawrite" and the bootdisk.img file. I shut my machine down and set my small er HD to master and my bigger HD to slave. I boot using the floppy and after about 5 seconds of actual floppy activity i get a
boot failed: please change disks and press key to continue
Either im clueless and dont know how to read but i am totally stumped as to why this is happening. I have followed the installation instructions closely and cant seem to get it to boot any farther than that.
i formatted the smaller drive that i want to install linux on and put the 3 iso files on it and a boot.iso file.
any suggestions would be welcomed. Please forgive my ignorance as i am very new to the linux world.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 05:03 AM
Could you give us a link to where you got the fedora ISO's?
Just putting the iso files on a hard drive does not make them bootable/usable. I would think that you would have to extract the files to a hard drive, so that the floppy boot disk can find the actual boot files on the hard drive, with a program such as isobuster
If I am correct, the boot.iso file is a CD boot file.
Point to the instructions, as well when you send the link - where the hard drive install instructions are found, and I will take a look.
I assume that you do not have a CD burner?
Posted 17 February 2004 - 08:45 AM
Posted 17 February 2004 - 04:42 PM
heres the install from a HD instructions.
heres the install guide that i was using.
the fedora page linked me to the linux 9 install page so im assuming that the install procedure is the same.
yeah ive got a burner. I jsut never have any luck burning bootable CDs
Posted 21 February 2004 - 09:12 PM
You can use isobuster to extract the files from the iso images, but installing that way will be very painful - I really wouldn't recommend it unless you absolutely have to do it that way - like if your CD-ROM drive doesn't work.
Your motherboard shouldn't be any problem for a modern distro. You shouldn't even need a boot floppy.