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Old 04-13-2002, 01:11 PM   #1
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Questions about what to expect during installation

What should I expect to encounter when i'm installing linux redhat?

so far i was told to know what kind of NIC i have, to know that it's a static IP

to know what chipset i have (kt133a) and what kind of gfx card/chipset (gf2mx 32mb/nvidia gf2 chipset) what else should i know about when installing linux? a big question of mine is...

will linux ask me if i want to shrink my windows partition and make one for linux? how does that work.

I was just told that I have to shrink my windows partition now, then create a partition for linux before i start installing linux, how would i go about doing that.

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Old 04-13-2002, 02:24 PM   #2
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My 2 euro cents worth of fellow newbie advice would be, make a image backup of your hard drive before playing with linux on your windows machine. Linux and windows do not play well together at first and it takes a lot of fuxing around with to make that happen, even if they are on seperate drives!

The problem appears when you go to reboot your computer for the first time after installing linux and you realize "oh $hit! I can't boot into windows". Then you have to re-install windows to boot into it and that there wipes out your 3 hours of linux cherry-popping fun.

Anyway, It's quite possible that some other user here who has infinitessimally more experience than me can tell you some simple 3-step procedure to dual-boot windows and linux, but I can give you this word of advice from someone who has screwed up bigtime trying to do exactly that.

Don't play with linux on your important windows machine. Remeber, if you haven't used linux before it'll probably be a good week or more of non-stop linux use to be able to do the things that you would expect to be able to do with windows. Don't take things for granted like:

-being able to switch CDs in your CDROM without having to
eject then
mount /dev/hdc /cdrom

-getting access to the internet is a whole 'nother can of worms.
Old 04-13-2002, 07:54 PM   #3
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There is a pre-install check list here and an installation guide here. If you can get a copy of partition magic you can use it to resize your windows partition ( tip; defrag first), make sure you have a current backup before you start.
Old 04-14-2002, 08:42 AM   #4
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So long as you have a decent backup of your stuff, and you have at least a little knowledge of what hardware you have, installation of pretty much any distro should be plain sailing.

Mandrake installation (certainly 8.1, not tried 8.2 yet) is possible one of the probes and autodetects most hardware, and sets most of it up for you!

Most of the information on hardware can be found prior to installing anything by simply right-clicking on 'My Computer' and going to properties, then looking through your hardware lists, and keeping a note of it.

As far as your NIC and IP stuff, if you're running with 'automatic IP configuration' under Windows...just select DHCP when it comes to configuring network stuff. Most NICs are well supported under Linux, so you shouldn't have many problems, if any.

Good luck, and remember to come back here with any questions.


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