Can't install RedHat 9

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TazG

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When I boot from the install CD it says

VFS: Cannot open root device "" or 48:05
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 48:05

What's going on?? I had Debian working on the same computer before.
 

TazG

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Well it takes really long to download... is there any way to tell for sure whether that's the problem?
 
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Yeah. Boot second cd (i think thats right...). There was a problem with some redhat cds. (Why arent you using fedora?)
 
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I installed the publisher's edition and it was the 2nd CD I had to boot with.
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TazG

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The second CD doesn't boot...
I tried "linux root=/dev/hdb4" because that's my Linux-formatted partition I'm going to install Red Hat on - is that what I want...? I'm still new at Linux. Anyways I didn't get the error this time, it said it mounted root. But now it says No init found. Pass init= option to kernel. How do I do that?
 
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Make sure you are not using Windows normal burner to 'write' to your cd. That won't work. You need an ISO recorder. There are some nice freeware ones. I wasted a stack of CD's before I found this out. Even after loading the ISO recorder, do not use Window's explorer to copy. The disk has to be bootable.
 
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I think he burnt it correctly: Those errors are linux type. Otherwise he would just jump on to the next OS. Or, get a bios error (Cannot find an operating system)
 

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I wrote the second CD the same as the first one. With Nero.
The hard drive is not SCSI.
 

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/dev/hdc doesn't help. It mounts it but still gives the error about no init.
And yesterday I downloaded Fedora to try... but it doesn't work either.

EXT2-fs: unable to read superblock
isofs_read_super: bread failed, dev=09:02, iso_blknum=16, block=32
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 09:02.

It had the error about ext2 even though it was formatted as ext3. I thought maybe it doesn't understand ext3 so I reformatted it ext2 but I still get the same error.
And I noticed this other error that shows up with both Red Hat and Fedora: crc error<6>
right between "compressed image found" and "freeing initrd memory". What does it mean?
 
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