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Postby nelz » Fri Jun 24, 2005 7:26 am

The magazine is available in the US, but yes, you can also download SBM from http://btmgr.webframe.org/. The file you need is sbootmgr.dsk.
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Postby yogeshsr11 » Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:08 pm

Hi Nelz,
Sorry to bother you again, but as you said I used SBM to boot. After SBM menu comes up I can not see CD drive that I can select and insert RHEL CD 1 in. What seems to be the problem? Is the CD-ROM drive not installed correctly?
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Postby yogeshsr11 » Thu Jul 07, 2005 4:51 pm

Hi,
Still unable to solve the problem. Looked for help on Internet but :-( no success. HELP!!!!
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Postby evilnick » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:03 pm

yogeshsr11 wrote: All this help is really appreciated.


that's alright, we'll send you the bill...
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Postby yogeshsr11 » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:27 pm

LOL problem is not solved yet!!! Hoping for some kinda solution.
Problem: Smart boot manager is not detecting CDROM, as I want to install REDHAT Enterprise Linux (Which I have purchased and burned ISO image CD's). Tried using boot.iso and diskboot.iso which comes along CD-1. It wont work either.
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Postby towy71 » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:34 pm

Yogesh
you need to have the CD in the drive when you boot for SBM to see it
HTH
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Postby yogeshsr11 » Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:42 pm

Tried that as well!! Same thing happens, "Verifying DMI pool data". And it goes on and on and on.
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Postby towy71 » Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:28 pm

damn, I hoped it might be something that simple, however have you made sure that all your cables are properly attached and that the bios is not corrupted and not seeing the drive?
googled this: http://www.lnreview.co.uk/news/005167.php

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Postby yogeshsr11 » Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:41 pm

Hi,
Solved the problem but unfortunatly another occured!!!!
Little History: I was installing RHEL 4 on PII 400 MHZ machine but the after "Verifying DMI pool data" machine used to hang. SO I tried Smart boot manager, which did work but failed to find CDROM drive so I can install the OS. I found another solution on the Inet. Goto BIOS settings and disable 'External & internal CPU cache'. This will bypass verifying DMI pool data.
What happend then: Now my computer successfully verifies DMI pool data and then hangs???
I have done following:
1 Checked md5sum of all ISO images that I have downloaded
2 Checked all the cables (to HDD CDROM FLOPPY)
3 OS CD"s work fine on other machine (so car starts after I find where it is)
4 Used smart boot manager but it could not detect CDROM. So configured CD-ROM I/O ports to 1F0,3F6
5 Reburned the ISO images at speed 24X (previously I was burning it at 32X)

What I am doing now: Cursing the box ofcourse
I am trying to use boot.iso file (from CD1) using USB flash drive.

Sooooooooooo can anyone figure out what the hell I am doing wrong and how in heavens I do it right!!!!
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Postby yogeshsr11 » Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:43 pm

Oh I forgot to mention another thing, tried knoppix as well. did not work!!!!
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Postby Nigel » Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:31 pm

OK, this might be a long shot, but...

What type of CDROM do you have ? Is it by any chance a SCSI one ?
Do you have a different drive you could put in the machine just for the installation ?
(I used to have an IDE CDROM that apparently worked fine under Windows, but I just could not use it to install an OS from - Windows, Solaris or Linux - wasted hours before I swapped it out)
Hope this helps,

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Postby yogeshsr11 » Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:43 pm

I have a NEC 24X SCSI CD-ROM. Also I have 2 Exabyte tape drives, recently purchased new WD 20 GB SCSI HDD, floppy drive
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Postby Nigel » Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:56 pm

Hmm, I wonder if SBM can cope with SCSI devices...
Older RedHat CDs used to provide various floppy boot images, one of which contained the SCSI device drivers for just this sort of situation. Have a look at the documents on the first CD, in particular the INSTALL and README files. Hopefully they still do this.
Hope this helps,

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Postby yogeshsr11 » Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:07 pm

Yes there are similar programs as SBM on CD1 which I tried (that include boot.iso diskboot.iso). The size of these programs is 4MB and 7MB so I can not use my working floppy drive. What I am trying to do is use USB flash drive and use one of the two programs.
Its almost 5 pm here and I have to attend a class so this is what I am going to try tomorrow
Remove all the drives except HDD and floppy. Then use bootable USB flash drive with boot.iso.
It has been a real pain in behind for me. Being a academic licence holder I dont get support from RHN. which sucks big time.
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Postby Nigel » Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:48 pm

A quick google seems to confirm that SBM doesn't support SCSI devices.
However, I did find this page
http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/ente ... cdrom.html
which explains how to make boot diskettes for RHEL 3
I wonder if RHEL 4 has the same stuff on the CD ?
Note that to use a SCSI CDROM you need a driver diskette as well as a boot one.

Suggestion - why not borrow an IDE CD-ROM and connect it up just for the install ?
Hope this helps,

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