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Old 05-18-2004, 08:30 PM   #1
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Question Switching from crashing Windows 98. How to install?

I picked up a copy of Red Hat Linux 5.2 at my library, and was reading the book. (I understand this probably isn't the best or most recent copy I could have got, but when Windows crashes every fifteen minutes on the dot, I'll take what I can get!) For the most part I understand it, but for two things: It keeps talking about a start-up disk. I'm assuming they mean a floppy, but my computer fails to reconize that there's anything in the A drive. It mentioned a way to do it through MS-DOS, but I don't know how to get out of MS-DOS.

Second, what are partitions, and how do I set them up? I'm afraid to try it, because if I can't do it, I fear I might lose my hardrive for the third time.
Old 05-18-2004, 09:04 PM   #2
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go back a book store get a more recent version of linux I am currently running Fedora Core 1 no problems on install it detected everything and it partitioned it for me automatically worst part was the 75minute install time from 3 cd's
Old 05-18-2004, 09:18 PM   #3
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Forget Red Hat 5.2 - it's too old. If you haven't got access to a fast internet connection, go and buy a Linux magazine that comes with a DVD covermount. This will usually contain at least a couple of up-to-date distributions you can try.

You will need to change settings in the BIOS if your PC is not looking for a floppy during the boot process (shortly after you turn the computer on there will be a message along the lines of 'press <some key> to enter setup' - press that key). Beyond that, partitioning will be handled by the installation routine of whatever distribution you decide upon. There are thousands of posts in this forum about this kind of thing - try searching for keywords like 'partition', 'installation', 'which distribution' and so forth. Good luck!
Old 05-21-2004, 05:51 PM   #4
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What are the specs of your computer? I installed 5.2 after much reading and I was very proud but it was of little practical use. Are you going to wipe out windows and put Linux on the enire drive?
Old 05-21-2004, 06:44 PM   #5
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As others have said, you really don't want to install RH 5.2, and I'll try to explain why. Firstly, it dates from late 1998 so it's not going to recognize a lot of modern hardware (I know this since I have used it), and you'll have to play around compiling your own device drivers, which is a hassle that I doubt you want. Secondly, a lot of modern Linux software requires at least a 2.2 kernel, which RH 5.2 doesn't have. You can compile your own, but cf previous point about the hassle. Thirdly, RH 5.2 is way out of support and the default software is chocked full of security holes a'plenty. In other words, you're inviting crackers on to your machine if you expose it to the Internet. Finally, Linux has made vast strides in user friendliness over the last several years. If you're a newbie, this is really something that you want to take advantage of.
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if you want to learn about red hat and get two 9 cds, get mastering red hat linux 9 by micheal jang



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