15 February 2007

When your install disk fails

Today I was trying to install Edubuntu on a spare hard drive. I couldn't get the disc past the first screen. Here's a hint, always use md5sum. You can find out if the download was corrupted or anything. To do this, open a terminal and cd to the directory where your .iso file is saved. When there, enter md5sum edubuntu-6.10-install.iso for example. Just type md5sum, type the beginning of the file's name, and hit tab. The rest will auto-complete. The gears will churn for a bit, then a nice long hex (0-9, a-f) number will show up. Compare this to the md5sum value found on the .iso's mirror. For instance, Edubuntu 6.06's desktop number is c661dc6c6181430ae936a06a859fa842. If the numbers don't match, your download essentially failed. If the numbers match, go ahead and burn the cd. It should work (as long as the cd's not scratched).


4 comments:

SheeEttin said...

Ubuntu install LiveCDs offer a "check CD" option. If you can boot it and run it, that is.

Mackenzie said...

But md5sum lets you check for a bad download before you ever waste a blank cd on a corrupt download.

Anonymous said...

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Mackenzie said...

As of Feisty, it works fine.