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Old 11-21-2000, 12:15 AM   #1
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I am just starting with Linux. I have a RedHat 6.1 CD but I have no idea where to begin to get Linux running besides Microsoft 98.
Old 11-21-2000, 07:02 AM   #2
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I haven't used Redhat before, but I think I know how to get you Linux distribution running.

Firstly, you need to make sure that you have enough Hard Disk space to install it on. A whole HD for Linux would be nicer and better, but if you only have one which will be shared then you need to create some space for Linux to install on. This is the most dangerous part when trying to install Linux. I would recommend backing up all essential files from windows to a seperate media (i.e. CDROM, zip drive). To create the space you need to use something like FIPS or Partiton Magic. I cant help much more on that because I have a whole HD for Linux. I'm sure someone else can help you with that.

Assuming you have enough space to install it on you then need to boot up with the Redhat CD in the drive. If your BIOS doesn't support cd drive boot then you need to make a boot floppy. The documentation on the cd should tell you how. Assuming you that the cd boots up you can then install Linux .

Somebody who has installed Redhat 6.1 will be able to tell you about the install process better than me beacuse I haven't used it. However I do know that it will ask you about installing LILO into the master boot record.LILO allows you boot any OS on you PC. I would say yes if it does not allow you to make a boot floppy, otherwise you wont be able to boot up Linux.

There is so much you have to know before you can load it up without any trouble, so I would look at for more informatiom on Linux itself.

Good luck!

Old 11-24-2000, 05:43 PM   #3
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I've done it before

If you have the original, you should firstly comprehend the installation notes, they should be able to guide through the installation.

If your CD autoboot, you can do this
go to your Bios, or CMOS usually by pressing delete when the computer starts up, enter you password and go to I think
BIOS standard setup, change the boot sequence, if probably
read now as "a,c,scsi", change it to read CDROM as the first preference by using the "page up, page down" keyboard key. Then go to "save and exit", save your changes and exit. Put the RED HAT CD in the CD-ROM and reboot. Then
try to follow the onscreen instructions. Tell me how you got on, I bookmarked this letter to take you through.


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