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Old 12-18-2002, 01:40 PM   #1
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Preparing for Linux install


Hi all,

I'm preparing to turn my Win98 PC into a local server for testing web design projects over a local home office network. I have Red Hat 7.3 on disk, ready to install.

I'm totally new to Linux, and not sure how to prepare the old Win 98 machine for a fresh Linux install. I gather that I need to run fdisk to format the hard drive first.

Are there any tutorials that anyone can suggest to walk me through the process of preparing my old machine for a fresh Linux install? Any help gratefully accepted :-)
 
Old 12-18-2002, 02:01 PM   #2
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do u want to have windows + linux, or linux only?
anyway - though i don't know redhat - i guess that u just have to throw in the cd and boot from cd. then u can install linux the way u want it easily...
good luck + welcome,
jens
 
Old 12-18-2002, 02:03 PM   #3
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If you are going to dedicate the entire machine to Linux, then
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I gather that I need to run fdisk to format the hard drive first.
is not necessary.

If your machine can boot from a CD-ROM device, then put the install CD into the CD drive and boot. If not, then look around on the CD for an "images" directory and a "dosutils" directory. Use the rawrite.exe utility to write the appropriate <probably cdrom>.img file to a floppy. Write the image, don't copy the file!! Then insert the install CD into the CD-drive and the floppy into the floppy and boot.

The RedHat installer will lead down the path of righteousness !
 
Old 12-18-2002, 02:04 PM   #4
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www.tldp.org

there must be some faq or howto
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Old 12-18-2002, 02:27 PM   #5
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Thanks

Thanks for the tips. I was planning on dedicating the whole machine to Linux (at least in part because I'm fed up with Win 98). I'm also assuming that it will - in theory - cause fewer problems if I'm just running Linux on that PC, rather than messing with dual operating systems. Am I right in that guess?
 
Old 12-18-2002, 02:31 PM   #6
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It depends, many people can ran dua booting just okey, like me, and some others have problems.. If you nieed both OS on your computer dual booting shouldn t cost much effort
 
Old 12-18-2002, 02:52 PM   #7
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Thanks. I don't need the old Win98 op system, as I've upgraded to a new WinXP PC for my main machine. I just want to turn the old PC into a test bed for web projects, and have it replicate as closely as possible my web hosting platform (i.e. Linux, Apache, PHP, MySQL)

I've just checked, and my PC is bootable from the CD drive, so I'll try the tips that jglen490 suggested. Wish me luck :-)
 
Old 12-18-2002, 03:03 PM   #8
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O.K. - luck !

Any questions, you know where to come back to!!
 
  


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