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Old 10-17-2006, 02:11 PM   #1
kstringham
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Learning to Install Fedora Core 5


Hi,

I'm new at LINUX, but I've worked for several years with UNIX.

I'm attempting to install Fedora Core 5 on an H-P Pavilion 6835 PC. This unit has a 20G HD which is empty, but did have a Windows partition that took up the entire drive. I have 512M of RAM installed and the system starts up, but it indicates that it can not find a drive on which to install the file system.

I have no intention of installing Windows on this older machine. I have a 1.8G machine with WinXp Home coming. My plan is to use this machine as an education tool and possibly as a station computer for my amateur radio station.

Any help that I can get with this issue would be appreciated.

Ken Stringham

Last edited by kstringham; 10-17-2006 at 02:47 PM.
 
Old 10-17-2006, 02:20 PM   #2
pljvaldez
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If you open the bios of the machine at boot time (Usually the Esc or Del key), does the bios see the drive?

I seem to remember someone saying that Fedora sometimes defaults to using the drive as a RAID array (i.e. LVM), which your old hardware may not support. I'd try using ext3.

If that doesn't work and you're going to nuke windows anyway, I would try using the GParted LiveCD and format the entire partition as ext3. Then maybe the installer will see it.

You also could always try a different distro. If you want the most "Unix"-like distro, I'd try Slackware. I personally always recommend Debian (if it's going to be a desktop, go with either testing "Etch" or unstable "Sid"). Feel free to take the quizes in my signature...

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Old 11-05-2006, 09:55 PM   #3
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Linux Install help

I want to thank those that suggested things to help me out. I did resolve this issue.

What I found was that my CD-R/W drive was unable to read the distribution disks. I found this by checking them on my ThinkPad 390x. The checked out fine.

I was able to install Fedora Core 5 with a NEW 56x CD-ROM drive. All is going well now.

Ken
 
Old 02-13-2007, 11:59 PM   #4
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That is a nice idea for your Amateur radio machine.

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