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From: \ (thursdayallidaho.com)
Date: Thu Feb 28 2002 - 23:36:35 CST
I have seen quite a bit of stuff posted by people who can't get RedHat
7.1 to install from CDs, especially burned ISO image downloads.
I went through the whole thing myself, and was only able to install 7.1
by swapping out the stock 24X Toshiba for an older drive. I ended up
using an 8x Sony dating to about 1994. It would not read burned CDs,
and balked at a lot of pressed CDs as well. Funny thing, the
Compaq-origin CDs all booted or read just fine.
I found some stuff in the Compaq Tru64 Unix "best practices" pages. It
had a lot of stuff on setting up burners in Tru64 (formerly Digital
Unix, AKA OSF1.) One interesting thing it said was that older CDrom
drives would not read a burned CD.
I had been having zero luck installing the Windows 2000 I burned from a
Dutch FTP site, just before it got shut down. Following up on the "best
practices" lead, I borrowed a late model Sony CDU4811 and put it into my
The new drive has read everything I have put into it so far, and I was
easily able to install the formerly unreadable W2000 on one of my
machine's hard drives.
My thought is that something in the ATAPI CDrom setup used on the
Miata-class machines is decidedly second-rate. Maybe it's the south
bridge, maybe it's the cable, maybe it's something buried in the SRM ...
or maybe it's just the phase of the moon.
Just my 2 cents worth
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