I/O, Sector Error booting Fedora 9 DVD

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at gmail.com
Tue May 27 14:38:13 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-05-27 at 08:47 -0500, dsavage at peaknet.net wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm not in front of my computer (and I'm a linux noob) so my terms and
> > details may be off a bit. I'm running Fedora 8 on my desktop and I
> > downloaded the full 4GB iso for F9. I burned the DVD at 18x or some
> > other god-forsaken slow speed. When I boot with the DVD it gives me
> > some wierd i/o, sector and I can't continue with the installation.
> >
> > I'm trying to install it on my IBM Thinkpad R40, but I tried the boot
> > DVD on my desktop too with the same result.
> Mark,
> Some things to check...
> First of all, make sure that the DVD ISO file you downloaded is not
> corrupt. There was a very small text file named SHA1SUM that you should
> should have downloaded along with the ISO(s). Put it in the same directory
> as the ISO(s) and run:
> $ sha1sum -c SHA1SUM
> If it does not say your DVD ISO is "OK", it is corrupt and you'll have to
> download it again. (This would be a good time to learn about rsync.) Make
> sure that whatever file transfer utility you are using can accurately pull
> down a file larger than 2GB. Some can't.
> Next, check your DVD burning process. Have you successfully burned DVDs
> before? With the DVD blanks you're currently using? (If you're using DVD+R
> blanks, is your burner certified for "+"?) What burner software are you
> using? The best way to burn a DVD from an ISO in Fedora 8 is to right
> click on its icon in a Nautilus (like Explorer) window and select "Write
> to disk".
> Finally, if you clear both of these wickets safely, there's an integrity
> check to run shortly after you boot from the DVD. Pass that and you should
> be able to get through the rest of the installation.

Personally I just go straight to this last one, because passing the
previous tests gives you no guarantee the disk is correctly burned, and
if the downloaded file is wrong it will also pick it up even if the burn
is correct.


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