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Pl identify which exact version of "11g". Are you following all of the instructions in the Install Doc to the letter ?
11gR2 - http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E11882_01/install.112/e24321/toc.htm
11gR1 - http://docs.oracle.com/cd/B28359_01/install.111/b32002/toc.htm
Most likely your are hitting permission issue. Open your oraInst.loc file or create one if you don't have . Verify the inst_group has write permissions on oraInventory folder.This may help
Location of inventory file may be in one of following location depending upon you OS.
Why root? Installation guide mention to use root user or its mention to create user for oracle installatio at pre-request part?
Be sure your installation users had r/w permission on database setup files
Please follow installation guide once more
Thanks, this worked. Thanks everybody for your input. I'm sure I'll be back.