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oulck 07-29-2002 01:09 AM

super newbie question...
Hi experts, I am a super newbie to Linux who needs some help. I just downloaded Red Hat 7.3 today and burned them on CD's.

Can anyone tell me how to continue from here? I have a PII 400+ MHZ w/ MSWinXP and I want to have both OS on it. (This is just an older computer I have in hand that I do Music recordings with.)

Pls tell me how to open the installation file and how to do the partition thing... thx

A-dummy 07-29-2002 01:40 AM

Just change bios settings to boot from cdrom......insert the cd ,it's a nice graphical mode for
workstation installation when prompted for it......u will b asked for partitioning & all that that(it's
easy)......there will somewhere a option for installing LILO on as many packages
as u want ......the last step involves making a bootable floppy.....after that system will b automatically
rebooted.....boot it (if lilo doesn't appears then boot from that floppy)......make some changes to /etc/lilo.conf
if it's needed & do run /sbin/lilo after making any change......
after that do some reading from a good linux book or from sites like or

fromzj 07-29-2002 05:09 AM

Hi,I am just an other begginer.
I think "downloaded" the 3 ISO images is what you mean "downloaded Red Hat 7.3".
They are "useless" to you now ! But don't worry. Go and find someone already running linux, whose machine you will need to
MOUNT those iso, and the command is:
mount -o loop -t iso9660 <isofilename> <mountpoint>
mountpoint is something relatively like PATH in windows.
/tmp/cd1/ for example.

After mounted. ISO will became boot.img ,RPMs and so on.They are essential to install RedHat. Burn them to CD and boot your computer from cd1.

The next is just to follow the install GUI, good luck.
For more detail, you can go to

For daulboot solution, go to

jetblackz 07-29-2002 10:51 AM

if ( your XP is NTFS and you want to install lilo on /dev/hda2) then

Back up your files & favorites on Windows
Point My Doc to d:\my doc...
boot Linux to root
dd if=/dev/hda3 of=boot.lnx bs=512 count=1
cp boot.lnx /mnt/floppy
Boot Windows
copy boot.lnx c:\
edit boot.ini
After multi(0)..., add


fromzj 07-29-2002 12:06 PM

How can you "dd" if the linux has not been installed yet?

I think boot linux from floppy without installing Grub or LiLo is the most safe choice for newbie who want daul-boot and not to ruin his or her windows.

oulck 07-29-2002 12:29 PM


Originally posted by fromzj
I think "downloaded" the 3 ISO images is what you mean "downloaded Red Hat 7.3".
They are "useless" to you now ! But don't worry. Go and find someone already running linux...
Really?! You mean I cant just burn these 3 ISO images with Easy CD creator or Neo or CloneCD or something? So I've wasted my blanks... ouch :(
But I can view the files on the CD's on XP tho...

oulck 07-29-2002 12:37 PM

Thanks for helping guys. I have another question tho... what are Grub and LILO? and when kindda changes do i need to make to /etc/lilo.conf ???

Thx again

Tom_Jr 07-29-2002 01:40 PM

Yes, you can create from image using Easy CD Creator to make CD's from those ISO's...

5amYan 07-29-2002 01:52 PM

Grub and LILO are
GRand Unified Bootloader
LInux LOader
I use grub. It's easier and just all around nicer IMHO

fromzj 07-30-2002 06:24 AM

Yes. I also have 3 cd, each of them contains an ISO, but I can't boot my machine from the ISO.

So I install a older version of RedHat, copy ISO ot haed disk ,try MOUNT command. ISO img put lots of files to the directory you specified, just like being exracted.

I think Mount is something like plug-in. You know when Linux use a floppy or CD-rom , it use mount and unmount command.

Mara 07-30-2002 06:32 AM

In Linux everything is a file. There's not a big difference between an image (ISO) and the cd in your drive. You can mount them in the same way.

fromzj 07-30-2002 07:05 AM

Thanks mara.
I've just mount an ISO from CD-rom to /tmp/disk1.

But since then I can't unmount or eject CD-rom, neither can I delete the directory /tmp/disk1.

After I reboot and take out CD and login./tmp/disk1 is now empty.

What's happened?

Mara 07-30-2002 07:49 AM

To unmount:
umount /tmp/disk1

When a drive is mounted, it needs to be unmounted. A reboot does it perfectly :)

oulck 07-30-2002 09:24 AM

HELP! I tried to install RH7.3 yesterday, but I got stuck at the partition part. Not only it wouldn't let me do the auto partitoin but also it woudln't let me create a new one... I originally had XP on /dev/hda1, i tried to create one on /dev/hda2 for RH7.3....

5amYan 07-30-2002 10:24 AM

You may need third party software (Partition Magic) to resize the original partition. And make room to create a new Partition on the disk.

Else you will have to reinstall windows. (I think)

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