Red Hat Linux 7.1

The Official Red Hat Linux x86 Installation Guide

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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
Documentation Conventions
How to Use This Manual
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2. Steps to Get You Started
Step 1 - Do You Have the Right Red Hat Linux Components?
Where to Find Other Red Hat Linux Manuals
Why You Should Register Your Red Hat Linux Boxed Set
No Boxed Set? No Problem!
Step 2 - Is Your Hardware Compatible?
Step 3 - Do You Have Enough Disk Space?
Installation Disk Space Requirements
Step 4 - Can You Install Using the Red Hat Linux CD-ROM?
Alternative Boot Methods
Making Installation Diskettes
Step 5 - Which Installation Class is Best For You?
Workstation-Class Installations
Server-Class Installations
Laptop-Class Installations
Custom-Class Installations
Upgrading Your System
3. Installation Options and System Requirements Tables
4. Installing Red Hat Linux
The Installation Program User Interface
A Note about Virtual Consoles
Starting the Installation Program
Booting the Installation Program
Selecting an Installation Method
Beginning the Installation
Installing from CD-ROM
Language Selection
Keyboard Configuration
Mouse Configuration
Welcome to Red Hat Linux
Install Options
Automatic Partitioning
Partitioning Your System
Partition Fields
Recommended Partitioning Scheme
Problems When Adding a Partition
Drive Summaries
Disk Druid's Buttons
Adding Partitions
Editing Partitions
Deleting a Partition
Partitioning with fdisk
Formatting Partitions
Installing LILO
Configuring LILO
Alternatives to LILO
SMP Motherboards and LILO
Network Configuration
Firewall Configuration
Time Zone Configuration
Language Support Selection
Account Configuration
Setting the Root Password
Setting Up User Accounts
Authentication Configuration
Package Group Selection
Selecting Individual Packages
A Brief Introduction to GNOME
A Brief Introduction to KDE
Selected Features Chart
Unresolved Dependencies
GUI X Configuration Tool
Video Card Configuration
Configuring Your Monitor
Custom Configuration
Preparing to Install
Installing Packages
Boot Disk Creation
Installation Complete
5. Installing Red Hat Linux via Text Mode
Things You Should Know
Basic Hardware Configuration
Video Configuration
Network-related Information
The Installation Program User Interface
Using the Keyboard to Navigate
Starting the Installation Program
Text Mode Boot Options
Displaying Online Help
Installation Cross-reference Table
Identify Disk Partition to Install From
Installing over a Network
NFS Setup
FTP Setup
HTTP Setup
Configuring Your Video Adapter
Configuring the X Window System
A. Upgrading Your Current System
What it Means to Upgrade
Upgrading Your System
Customizing Your Upgrade
Selecting Packages to Upgrade
Unresolved Dependencies
Installing LILO
Configuring LILO
Alternatives to LILO
SMP Motherboards and LILO
Upgrading Packages
Upgrade Complete
B. Installing Without Partitioning
The Ups and Downs of a Partitionless Installation
Performing a Partitionless Installation
How Much Space Do I Need?
Using Disk Druid
How to Remove a Partitionless Installation From Your System
C. Removing Red Hat Linux
D. Getting Technical Support
Remember to Sign Up
An Overview of Red Hat Support
Scope of Red Hat Support
How to Get Technical Support
Signing up for Technical Support
Questions for Technical Support
How to Send Support Questions
Support Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Email Messages to Bounce
A: Is Not Used at This Time
Q: System Will Not Allow Login
A: Old Logins and Passwords Will Not Work
E. Troubleshooting Your Installation of Red Hat Linux
You are Unable to Boot Red Hat Linux
Are You Unable to Boot from the CD-ROM?
Are You Unable to Boot from the Local Boot Disk?
Are You Unable to Boot from PCMCIA Boot Disks?
Is Your System Displaying Signal 11 Errors?
Are You Unable to Boot from a Network Boot Disk?
Trouble Beginning the Installation
Trouble Using PCMCIA Boot Disks?
Is Your Mouse Not Detected?
Problems with Booting into the Graphical Installation
Trouble During the Installation
Do You Not See the Automatic Partitioning Screen?
Partition Creation Problems
Using Remaining Space
Other Partitioning Problems
Are You Seeing Python Errors?
Problems After Installation
Trouble With the Graphical LILO Screen?
Problems with Server Installations and X
Problems When You Try to Log In
Does Netscape Navigator Crash on JavaScript Pages?
Your Printer Will Not Work Under X
Is Your RAM Not Being Recognized?
Problems with Sound Configuration