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This installation is kicking my butt.  I have a server that only has a cd crive in it.  SO I downloaded Centos 6 liveinstallCD to install the os onto the server.  It gives me an error everytime.  I then came across a post saying it was not reliable for an OS installation.  

I looked online to see if it was possible to install from the web.  Apparently it is.  I dl'd the the .img file from centos.org, but once its saved to the hard drive, there's no software to open the file.  

I'm currently starting up from the liveCD, which gives me limited functionality, but this is ridiculous.  Any ideas?

asked 12/14/2011 07:50

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Is it CD or DVD

What do you mean by "not reliable for an OS install?"

You have installed the wrong software.  If you want to permanently install, do NOT use live but the correct full install as per your architecture.

Centos is one of the best OS' out there.

You can install using network but you have to set it up and is a little more advanced use.  DVD would work the best for you.
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farzanj

dont have a DVD drive in the server.

It is liveinstallCD.

The post stated that there were reported issues installing from the liveinstallCD

If I had a DVD drive, this would be done.  I love Centos.  I have version 5.3 running on another machine.  This installation is kicking my butt because of no DVD.  Only CD drive in the machine
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answered 2011-12-14 at 15:55:39

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If the server can boot from usb have a look at Unetbootin, it will create a bootable usb stick you can run the installation from.
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:02:01

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No luck there.  Not booting from USB.  I have an install.img which I got from centos.org, but nothing will mount it.  
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:24:11

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Why don't you get a minimal install CD.
http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2011-December/018315.html

Then, you can keep installing packages online.
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:35:14

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farzanj

This is the cd i currently have.  When I install from it, it gives me errors on both the GUI and the command line.  
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:41:23

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usettadmin

i previously said liveinstallCD, but I meant the minimal install CD is the one I have.  
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:47:29

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usettadmin

The CD is what i'm booted from now.  I have internet access, but have not come across any commands that will let me install from anywhere that work.  This is the pits.
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:48:38

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What are the error messages that you are receiving?
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:50:04

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farzanj

in the GUI, after setting the time zone, the next screen says, "an exception error has occurred...", then it asks if I wan to save the error, quit, or debug.  

ln the CLI, after getting to the Partitioning Type window, it does not display any of the 3 volumes I have formatted as ext4, so it simply hangs there.
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:50:39

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ok - here's more info on the CLI error...

anaconda 13.21.117 exception report
Traceback
File.....
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:55:21

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Ok, I got the picture.  It could have something to do with your hardware as well.

So, now you can make a network server from where you could install it using either http or ftp, whichever one you can handle.  You would need to do it using kickstart.  But this setup is little advance and if you cannot handle this, there appear to be very few options left.

You may try using an external DVD drive.
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answered 2011-12-14 at 16:57:28

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farzanj

I am familiar with both protocols (http and FTP) extensively.  I do have an external USB DVD drive, which I will try tomorrow, although I am doubtful that BIOS will be able to use it for startup.  We'll see.  I'll update this thread tomorrow.  What a pain in the neck...  I'll also look into the kickstart method.

Thanks
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answered 2011-12-14 at 17:27:20

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answered 2011-12-14 at 18:53:59

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shukalo83

I banged it out finally.  The LiveCD didn't work.  I ended up dismantling (yeah that's the right word) a DVD drive from another dell srver, and installing it in the 2850.  I then used the DVD iso to install the OS.  Even then, I ended up using the internet to do so, because the DVD iso wouldn't install.  At least I got thru this.  What a process.  Thanks for all the help guys.  
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answered 2011-12-15 at 12:37:39

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All gave good advice.
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answered 2011-12-15 at 12:42:10

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