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Old 03-14-2004, 12:33 PM   #1
SelaAragon
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Ok, I am running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 on a Quad 3GHz Intel Xeon Machine (Dell PowerEdge 6600) and I am SICK of Microsoft. I have the 3 Red Hat 9 Images on CD but I cannot find any DOS Utilities in server 2003 to create a bootable setup disk for Linux. Does anyone know how to do this? I would hate to have to install Windows 98 just to be able to begin installing Linux. Perhaps there is an ISO available that is bootable?

I wanted Gentoo but it looked a bit scary for a noob

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Old 03-14-2004, 12:47 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

The first RH9 cd should be bootable. Are you sure the machines is set to boot from the CDROM first?

Installing windows 98 will make no difference at all.
 
Old 03-14-2004, 12:52 PM   #3
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Well I hit F12 and selected boot from CD. But this DVD/RW has a buffer issue and won't always read CD/RW correctly. I may have to wait till my new drive arrives Monday to do this. I am just soooo sick of Windows that I wanted it off ASAP. I did try to boot from CD on another machine too and was not successful though. I'll change the boot sequence in BIOS and try again. Then I'll let you know result. Thanks.
 
Old 03-14-2004, 12:58 PM   #4
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The other option if that fails is to go into CD 1 within windows and use the rawrite program to create a boot floppy from one of the boot disk images (obviously you will need to set the bios to boot from the floppy first if you do this)
 
Old 03-14-2004, 03:43 PM   #5
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OK....Red Hat is installed and running. One question. I need to drag "My Documents" from another hard drive to c: in order to install my software (hoping some of it is Linux Compatible). I see no option to access my other drive. Can someone please explain to this "windows dummy" how to accomplish this? This other drive is obviously a windows formatted drive. I hope I don't have to redownload all this software. Also is the built in firewall sufficient or do I need to try to install my Zone Alarm on here?

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Old 03-14-2004, 04:01 PM   #6
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OK....Red Hat is installed and running. One question. I need to drag "My Documents" from another hard drive to c: in order to install my software (hoping some of it is Linux Compatible).
It most likely won't unless you get it working with wine.

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I see no option to access my other drive. Can someone please explain to this "windows dummy" how to accomplish this? This other drive is obviously a windows formatted drive. I hope I don't have to redownload all this software.
You will need to mount that partition - assuming it is on the first partition of your master drive:
mkdir /mnt/windows
mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows

If it is an NTFS partition and not fat32 you may need to download the ntfs driver: http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/info/redhat.html

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Also is the built in firewall sufficient or do I need to try to install my Zone Alarm on here?
iptables is definately better than zone alarm - even if you could get it to run as iptables is part of the kernel and operates at a low level compared to zone alarm which just sits on top of windows.
 
Old 03-14-2004, 06:12 PM   #7
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One last issue (for today). How do I pull up a shell to execute the commands to mount the other hard drive? And where can I find a good media player to play DVD's and music?

Seems I cant hear sound either except in Instant Messages. Geez why can't anything be simple? I have the intel chipset drivers for Linux and I can open them but I have no clue how to install them. What do these folks have against simple exe's?

And BTW despite it's differences I am loving Linux. Microsoft can forget ever seeing me again. I just need to figure out how to operate it lol.

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Old 03-15-2004, 01:35 PM   #8
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Depends on your desktop environment - probably by loading gnome-terminal or konsole.

For a media player I would go for mplayer. You will probably be interested in Acid::Rip if you are using dvds.

As for sound - what are you trying to play sounds with?

You generally have very little control with exes and just as meany problems.

Good to see your experience is going well so far
 
  


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