Install Dramas. Redhat 8.0 on new laptop. Installation dies no keyboard
I have a fairly new Acer laptop/desktop replacement, 2.66 512M 120gig etc
a few months ago i bought redhat8.0 in the box.
I just paid for partition magic and followed the wizard entitled 'install new os' in order to non-destructively create partitions for linux
in this way, i created a 16 gig partition and a 524meg swap partition.
i then booted the computer from cdrom with redhat disc 1 in the drive. (partition magic had made the new 16 gig partition the active one)
the redhat start screen and graphic was displayed and as per the instructions i hit enter. at this point the keyboard worked.
heaps of text wizzed by as the installation prog searched for hardware etc...
then i hit a blue screen. in the top left it said 'welcome to redhat linux' and there were various navigation intructions along the bottom. nothing else happened. i waited a long time. the instructions imply that at this point i should get a graphical installer.
i have now tried just about every option. linux text, linux noprobe all received exactly the same result. linux mediatest gave me a menu but the keyboard didn't work. linux expert asked if i had a driver disk but the keyboard didn't work. linux askmethod seemed the best - it gave me the select language dialogue but again the keyboard didn't work.
i've been trying for hours and hours and getting nowhere.
i am worried i partitioned in error. firstly, partition magic only created two partitions, and not a tiny '/boot' partition. secondly, not knowing any different i placed the two partitions at the end of the disk (after the NTFS 'C:\' drive), but maybe they should be at the front.
i don't know. do you? please help!
Last edited by verloc; 04-04-2004 at 03:08 PM.