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Linuxhelp _ Programming in Linux _ No Operating System Found

Posted by: pickwickian Mar 29 2005, 02:28 PM


I want to install RedHat 9 onto a system that has just had the harddrive erased. When I turn on the system, all I see is No Operating System Found.

I've downloaded the following files from this site.

File: shrike-SRPMS-disc1.iso 622816 KB 3/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
File: shrike-SRPMS-disc2.iso 660832 KB 3/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
File: shrike-SRPMS-disc3.iso 434720 KB 3/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
File: shrike-i386-disc1.iso 653440 KB 9/3/2003 12:00:00 AM
File: shrike-i386-disc2.iso 661632 KB 3/14/2003 12:00:00 AM
File: shrike-i386-disc3.iso 496672 KB 3/14/2003 12:00:00 AM

But I don't know how to get from "No Operating System Found" to having an up and running system--or even a command line of some sort.

Does anyone know of a "Downloading RedHat Linux and Installing it on a Blank Machine For Dummies" site. Or maybe someone can offer me some help?

Posted by: DS2K3 Mar 29 2005, 03:34 PM

Burn the isos to a CD, then boot from the CD


Posted by: pickwickian Mar 30 2005, 12:36 AM

I appreciate the quick reply to my post. I began this process doing exactly that: burning the disk and trying to boot from that cd.

I did check before attempting to boot from the cd to make sure the bios was set up to boot from cd-rom.

Nevertheless, when I place the cd in the drive, and start the machine, it accesses the drive, then brings up the message "no operating system found".

Is it possible I just have a corrupt bootdisk (I did download it off the internet)? How do I tell?

Posted by: michaelk Mar 30 2005, 06:36 AM

What application did you use to burn the CDs?

When you view the CD does it contain files and directories or just on ISO file? If it contains only an ISO file then you did not burn them correctly. If you unpacked the ISO file or did the XP drag and drop thing then the CD will not be bootable.

md5sum will verify the iso files were downloaded correctly. Verify the calculated value with the md5sum file on the site were you downloaded the file.

Posted by: pickwickian Mar 30 2005, 01:14 PM


Using MD5sum, I've verified that the files I've downloaded are the same as the ones from the upload site. Then, using Easy CD Creator 5 Platinum, I've burned a disk, making sure to burn it according to the instructions on the site referred to in the above post. I've now burned a disk that actually has files in it (not just one big .iso file that I can't access). Once again, however, placing the disk in the drive and booting the computer merely results in the "No Operating System Found" message.

How do I verify that the disk has burned correctly? In MD5sum I seem to only be able to create .md5 files for each individual file on the disk, not for the entire disk itself. In other words, the disk is not read by MD5summer in the same way as it reads the unburned file downloaded from the internet that I've previously verified--so how do I compare the contents of the one with the contents of the other.

I may not be starting with the right disk? The disk I'm putting in the drive first is "Shrike-SRPMS-disk1.iso". Should I be starting with the i386 disk instead?

Any other suggestions?

Posted by: michaelk Mar 30 2005, 03:41 PM

The install OS CDs are the i386 files. You want to boot 1st install CD which is created from this shrike-i386-disc1.iso file.

The SRPMS are the source code files.

Posted by: pickwickian Mar 30 2005, 05:29 PM

I'm in! I knew there was a secret. (Wait. This is open source. There ARE no secrets! smile.gif

I'm sure I'll be posting later, but not on this thread.

Thanks for all your help! smile.gif

Posted by: DS2K3 Mar 31 2005, 07:22 AM

That's what we're here for...

** As this has been resolved, I'll close the thread. Feel free to raise this issue again in another topic **

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