I installed FC4 soon as it came out, dld'd 4xcd images, burnt and installed fine.
Added more memory to PC so decided to redo partitions for better swap set up.
Partition set up:
hda1 - 16GB FAT32 - W98 - pri
hda2 - 4GB NTFS - XP - extended
hdb1 - 60GB FAT32 - storage - pri
hdb2 - 6.5GB EXT3 - Fedora Core4 - pri
hdb5 - 12GB EXT3 - Debian Sarge - extended
hdb6 - 1.5GB - Swap - extended
which is only slightly different from previous working setup, just bigger swap at hdb6 and smaller deb at hdb5 and more space for Fedora at hdb2 (was 4.2Gb before).
I try to reinstall, and every time during package install it fails, usually on different packages (though often libgcj or perl) with error:
"Anaconda was unable to install package xxx - this could be an installation media failure or hard disk error"
- talk about ambiguous error messages, which is it? How much more like Redmund are we getting here? O_o
Using original 4 cd's which sha1'd ok and passed media check.
Also tried using dvd iso dld'd and burnt (again sha1 and media check ok)
Also tried using magazine cover disk borrowed from a friend.
All versions give same error, though usually at different points.
I've tried both with and without formatting the swap at hdb6, and tried ext2 and ext3 for Fedora partition.
I've tried installing minimal package set, as well as Desktop and Custom configs.
Don't get it, been using Fedora since Core1 in an almost identical hdd setup, and never had 1 problem installing.
Getting on for trying an obscene amount of time now ...
All ideas/suggestions/help very welcome.
Thanks in advance.