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Linux 7 Installation Failures

Linux 7 Installation Failures

Linux 7 Installation Failures

At my work, some machines have the following life cycle.
  • Initial purchase/installation/configuration as Production machine with MS Windows Server 20XX
  • Hardware reaches end of service life
  • Reimage HW as non-Production Lab/Dev/Sandbox Linux server
I have a couple machines that I'm trying to reimage with Linux 7 and I'm getting some very weird failures. Searching the Interwebs I'm not finding any solutions.

Specifically CentOS 7, I currently have an HP Elitebook & ZBook that I'm getting failures on microcode and RTM and a few other little things. The installer crashed and burns. I have a not too old DL380 that the installer won't even start up on (permanent disk light on CD/DVD drive).

In the past Linux has always been extremely easy to install. In my experience it installs on almost anything and everything. My experience goes back to Linux 0.99.12, so I'm no n00b.

I don't know if I'm looking for help or just venting, but if anyone has any insights on getting CentOS 7 to be an easier install, please let me know. I've looked all over the CentOS site and haven't found anything to get me any further.

RE: Linux 7 Installation Failures

Are you testing from a single source CD/DVD? Maybe that medium is flawed. Try a USB thumb drive to install. (I have plenty of old hardware where the optical drives are flaky and only a few of the USB ports are still reliable.)

RE: Linux 7 Installation Failures

I have a USB CD/DVD Burner/Reader. I used it to burn the disk from my laptop, then boot to it on the target machine.

I have successfully burned and booted TAILS Linux and CentOS 6 using this method. The only one that fails hard is CentOS 7.

I don't have time right now, but I'll collect and post some error messages early next week.

RE: Linux 7 Installation Failures

Hey spamjim, thanks. I believe you nailed it. It seems I had a flawed ISO. Re-downloaded it and confirmed the checksum (a step I skipped before).

I also found my laptop couldn't run the graphical installer for some reason, so I had to do the character based install. All is good now.

Again, thanks.

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