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Old 11-27-2004, 10:45 AM   #1
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Unhappy Save a Noobie!!! Help!


I don't know anything about what I'm trying to do. I downloaded the 4 disc for the Fedora 3 last night. I tried to burn them as .iso's and it didn't' work. I used Nero ultra burning addition.

Here's what i did:

Downloading disc 1-4.
Opened Nero, click the first cd iso file.
Clicked burn.

For the life of me, i can't figure out how to burn these things. I've downloaded it to my Windows Xp system. But, I want to put it on a different computer.

Oh yeah, do I need to completely wipe out the hard on the computer that i"m installing Fedora on? It has xp on it too as well.

Like i said, I've never even seen a version of linux. I live in the south. Everybody thinks windows is the greatest thing ever. I just want something new.

If you guys know where step by step, screen shots are let me know.


Old 11-27-2004, 10:58 AM   #2
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i think , with nero ,you have to look under " recorder-->burn iso-image "
did you use that or did you just copy the iso-files ?
and on your 2nd. Q.: you will need at least 2 paritions on your HD.

Old 11-27-2004, 11:22 AM   #3
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The default option is to automatically wipe the existing (XP) system from your computer. You can make the two systems work together by reducing the space (partition) on the hard disk that XP uses, and installing Fedora into the free space. There is a little bit more to it than that, so search for "dual boot" on either this site or Google for more complete information if you want to have both on the same system.

You can do a standard installation by putting disc 1 in the drive and just accepting the defaults. There are lots of options but you don't need to use them. All you need to set is a) the "root password" (which is used for administering the system) and b) a username and password for you to log in with.
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there is a slideshow for Fedora Core 3 at osdir . It has screenshots of the installations e.t.c
Old 11-27-2004, 10:55 PM   #5
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nothing happens

I copied the iso files to a disc, and nothing happens at start up....should I go ahead and wipe xp off the computer? Or can I delete XP using the Fedora setup?

and I'm doing the "burn iso image" on nero.

Old 11-27-2004, 11:07 PM   #6
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Is your BIOS set to boot from CD-ROM? Fedora will give you the opportunity to delete your existing disk partitions, so no need to wipe XP beforehand.
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you should get the installer on boot - check that the BIOS is set to boot from CD, and check that the .iso's are good using md5sum (there is a m$ freeware app available) - the correct md5sum will be available from where you downloaded the distro disks, make sure that matches yours.
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IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks, guys ya'll be helpful!!!

I got nero to burn, and the computer excepted it! I don't have enough blank CD-Rs to finish the install, but I do have one DVD-R left, so I will download the DVD.iso and do the complete install.

You guys are much better than the microsoft nuts I hang with...

Is there any helpful hints before i leave this thread, that I need to know about what I'm about to get into? I'm so knew at this, I'm a CIS major and I know windows, but that isn't saying much.

Anyways websites, books, or hints?

Thanks AGAIN!

JBurch aka Redfox
Old 11-28-2004, 03:13 AM   #9
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Re: IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Originally posted by redfoxstore
Anyways websites, books, or hints?
I heard about this site called that's supposed to have good tutorials and lots of people willing and able to answer questions of all sorts about Linux

Seriously though, the Fedora site should have some good info. For specifics or installing Linux in general the Linux Documentation Project at also has some good reading. TLDP has documents to help with installing Linux including dual booting windows/linux guides along with documents for all sorts of specific things you may wish to do, such as set up a webserver.
Old 11-28-2004, 07:23 AM   #10
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Right now the best site to look at for news/tips/forums is:

There is also a new Fedora Community Portal:

The best overview of what you can do with Fedora I've seen is The Red Hat & Fedora Bible by Christopher Negus. If you've read that you can easily move on to more specialised books and sites for whatever particular topics interest you.

As always, when you need to know something, Google is your best friend:

Apart from LinuxQuestions, of course.


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