Sunday, June 04, 2006

enterprise ready cent os - the install

This weekend, I decided to blow away fedora core 3 and install something supposed to be more stable and enterprise ready. Part of the reason was also to do with another disk reshuffle and I've been finding an excuse to swap my creative live drive with my cdrom. the SDPIF cable was blocking the tray from opening properly. So why not just do a new distro upgrade as well.

Being familiar with redhat, I didn't think it would be that much of a challenge. Well, needless to say there were a couple of hickups. The first one being I had the install DVD and my machine didn't have the DVD rom. So off I went to download the 4 cd's.

After the installation, it refused to boot failing at the boot loader. I decided to stick to defaults and use the suggested LVM with root and swap. I modified the LVM to include a bigger mount for /home. As I was going to change my distro if things go sour.

After the machine booted sucessfully with the recommended disk partitions, I stuck in my backup harddrive and it didn't seem to boot properly. Anyway, by that time I was too tired and decided to reboot for the heck of it and go to sleep.

The next morning to my suprise, I saw the login screen of centos waiting for me. In glee, I decided to log in only to realise that it was unnaturally slow and it popped an error saying that it can't find itself in its host that will cause gnome to act weird.

I couldn't even start a terminal, but somehow the machine came back to life when i used system-config-network to disable the eth0.

Great, now I got a terminal. I decided to modify the hosts file and resolve.conf. I even decided to specify the IRQ for each network card so as I dont confuse it. The config all looked fine, but my network was still broken and I couldn't even ping my gateway. Hmm, broken network card?

So I rummaged though my spare parts and found another 3com network card. I pulled the machine apart again. After the card was changed, the machine didn't even boot to bios. Argh. Ok, I swapped the previous card back. Made in Ireland vs made in Singapore.

Whoo Hoo, it booted and network works for some strange reason. Maybe all it needed was a reboot.

Anyway, what do you do first after you install centos?

Download and install xmms-mp3 from

Yes, the compiled binaries for RHEL 4 works for Centos 4.3 as well. Yay, joy. my machine now plays my mp3s.

Another one down and tons more to go.

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