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Author 8.4 Install kit

Posts: 4
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Joined: 24.06.13
Posted on August 15 2013 02:29
I downloaded the binary ALPHA084.ISO from the official hobbyist site which I was told could be burned into a CD

However the Windows 7 CD burner gives the error "The selected image isn't valid"

Same problem with 2 other layered products ISO files

Turns out ALPHA084.ISO could be a tar/zip and when I open it using 7-zip, I could see the following files:


altogether about 8KB whereas ALPHA084.ISO is about 500MB

The manifest file contains the following

Manifest-Version: 2.0

Name: file:cpq-axpvms-cdsa-v0204-320-1.pcsi$compressed
SectionName: cpq-axpvms-cdsa-v0204-320-1
Digest-Algorithms: SHA-1
SHA-1-Digest: sBgsQwdw2cPT3ClHLYQAPKLfCO0=
CDSA_GUID: {6d913ccb-f5c1-11d7-81a7-08002bc48051}

I could not get Windows 7 CD burner 7-Zip or Power2go to create a disk image

So what do I do ?

Thanks for any help
Author RE: 8.4 Install kit

Posts: 460
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on August 15 2013 03:23
You seem to have answered most of what you are asking.

If what you downloaded is a ZIP file, then it was mis-named to be an ISO.

Use UNZIP to extract the ISO file and then burn it as an image.

The file is not really an ISO file, it is a bootable disk image in ODS-2 format.

Try a free tool like www.imgburn.com or cd-record to burn the CD-ROM. If visiting the imgburn site, be aware that the real download links are in the version announcement, the big green download buttons appear to download an ADWARE loaded program that may also download imgburn.
Author RE: 8.4 Install kit

Posts: 4
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Joined: 24.06.13
Posted on August 29 2013 04:17
Hello, That problem is solved - with the following steps

1. downloaded using https://ftp.usa.hp.com/hprc (for some reason ftp did not, in some cases it created what was apparently a complete file but when burned onto a CD it failed to boot)

2. ImgBurn to a CD from the above

My Alpha has been set up. Now for the updates and layered products ...

Thanks again for the ImgBurn suggestion

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