Installing CentOS 5 Via HTTP or FTP
Applicable to Centos Versions:
- Centos 5.1, 5.2
- A burned copy of the Centos netinstall.iso CD image
- An active Internet connection
Doing the Work
Basic description of what will be done and what is expected.
- Download a copy of the netinstall ISO:
- Boot CD and choose FTP install method:
- Ethernet or wireless configuration:
Click this link: netinstall ISO download and burn the ISO onto CD with k3b, xcdroast, gnomebaker, or nero trial version.
Boot the CD and choose the FTP install method you will receive a prompt asking you to input the following information:
1. Domain: ftp://mirrors.kernel.org
2. Centos Directory: /centos/5.2/os/i386/ (note: here you can change the arch to your system x86_64 or i386)
I suggest you connect manually to your router via ethernet cable or if you want to use wireless it must be natively detected. A
workaround is to use something like the Netgear or Linksys wireless "game adapter" which is really a very simple wireless ethernet
bridge. Make sure it's properly configured and plugin your ethernet cable to your computer and the game adapter and choose DHCP.
If you're using DHCP and your router is already set to accept DHCP connections, it's easy and really no further configuration is
required. Just choose DHCP and next.
If you're using a static connection you'll need to manually configure your IP, Gateway, Subnet and DNS. You will need to know these
settings or be able to follow exact commands to obtain this information. If you have configured your connection via DHCP or statically
and followed step #2 you should not receive any errors and be able to install Centos as fast as your connection can download up to
2Gbit/sec (kernel.org limit).
How to test
- When supplying large text pastes please use a free non-advertisement pastebin like: fpaste.org or dpaste.com
- Know your hardware and have specific make, model, firmware version and settings:
as root issue the following command:
lsb_release -a; uname -a; /sbin/ifconfig; cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0; /sbin/lspci
Paste the results to: rafb.net or dpaste.com. Change ifcfg-eth0 to your device alias if this isn't it.
If you're connecting to a router have the above information ready as well as your network/device information.
Common problems and fixes
The most common problem is typing in the domain and Centos directory structure incorrectly in step 2.
We test this stuff on our own machines, really we do. But you may run into problems, if you do, come to #centos on irc.freenode.net