Red Hat Linux 9

Red Hat Linux x86 Installation Guide

Table of Contents
1. Document Conventions
2. How to Use This Manual
2.1. We Need Feedback!
1. Steps to Get You Started
1.1. Do You Have the Right Components?
1.1.1. Where to Find Other Manuals
1.1.2. Registering Your Product
1.1.3. No Boxed Set? No Problem!
1.2. Is Your Hardware Compatible?
1.3. Do You Have Enough Disk Space?
1.3.1. Installation Disk Space Requirements
1.4. Can You Install Using the CD-ROM?
1.4.1. Alternative Boot Methods
1.4.2. Making an Installation Boot CD-ROM
1.4.3. Making an Installation Boot Diskette
1.5. Which Installation Class is Best For You?
1.5.1. Personal Desktop Installations
1.5.2. Workstation Installations
1.5.3. Server Installations
1.5.4. Custom Installations
1.5.5. Upgrading Your System
2. Hardware Information and System Requirements Tables
2.1. Learning About Your Hardware with Windows
2.2. Recording Your System's Hardware
3. Installing Red Hat Linux
3.1. The Graphical Installation Program User Interface
3.1.1. A Note about Virtual Consoles
3.2. The Text Mode Installation Program User Interface
3.2.1. Using the Keyboard to Navigate
3.2.2. Displaying Online Help
3.3. Starting the Installation Program
3.3.1. Booting the Installation Program
3.4. Selecting an Installation Method
3.5. Installing from CD-ROM
3.5.1. What If the IDE CD-ROM Was Not Found?
3.6. Installing from a Hard Drive
3.7. Preparing for a Network Installation
3.7.1. Setting Up the Server
3.8. Installing via NFS
3.9. Installing via FTP
3.10. Installing via HTTP
3.11. Welcome to Red Hat Linux
3.12. Language Selection
3.13. Keyboard Configuration
3.14. Mouse Configuration
3.15. Choosing to Upgrade or Install
3.16. Installation Type
3.17. Disk Partitioning Setup
3.18. Automatic Partitioning
3.19. Partitioning Your System
3.19.1. Graphical Display of Hard Drive(s)
3.19.2. Disk Druid's Buttons
3.19.3. Partition Fields
3.19.4. Recommended Partitioning Scheme
3.19.5. Adding Partitions
3.19.6. Editing Partitions
3.19.7. Deleting a Partition
3.20. Boot Loader Configuration
3.20.1. Advanced Boot Loader Configuration
3.20.2. Rescue Mode
3.20.3. Alternative Boot Loaders
3.20.4. SMP Motherboards, GRUB, and LILO
3.21. Network Configuration
3.22. Firewall Configuration
3.23. Language Support Selection
3.24. Time Zone Configuration
3.25. Set Root Password
3.26. Authentication Configuration
3.27. Package Group Selection
3.27.1. Selecting Individual Packages
3.27.2. Unresolved Dependencies
3.28. Preparing to Install
3.29. Installing Packages
3.30. Boot Diskette Creation
3.31. Video Card Configuration
3.32. X Configuration — Monitor and Customization
3.32.1. Configuring Your Monitor
3.32.2. Custom Configuration
3.33. Installation Complete
A. Upgrading Your Current System
A.1. What it Means to Upgrade
A.2. Upgrading Your System
A.3. Upgrading Your File System
A.4. Upgrade Boot Loader Configuration
A.4.1. Creating a New Boot Loader Configuration
A.4.2. Advanced Boot Loader Configuration
A.4.3. Rescue Mode
A.4.4. Alternative Boot Loaders
A.4.5. SMP Motherboards, GRUB, and LILO
A.5. Selecting Packages to Upgrade
A.5.1. Unresolved Dependencies
A.6. Upgrading Packages
A.7. Boot Diskette Creation
A.8. Upgrade Complete
B. Removing Red Hat Linux
C. Getting Technical Support
C.1. Remember to Sign Up
C.2. An Overview of Red Hat Support
C.3. Scope of Red Hat Support
C.4. How to Get Technical Support
C.4.1. Signing up for Technical Support
C.5. Questions for Technical Support
C.5.1. How to Send Support Questions
D. Troubleshooting Your Installation of Red Hat Linux
D.1. You are Unable to Boot Red Hat Linux
D.1.1. Are You Unable to Boot from the CD-ROM?
D.1.2. Are You Unable to Boot from a Boot Diskette?
D.1.3. Is Your System Displaying Signal 11 Errors?
D.2. Trouble Beginning the Installation
D.2.1. Is Your Mouse Not Detected?
D.2.2. Problems with Booting into the Graphical Installation
D.3. Trouble During the Installation
D.3.1. No devices found to install Red Hat Linux Error Message
D.3.2. Trouble with Partition Tables
D.3.3. Partition Creation Problems
D.3.4. Using Remaining Space
D.3.5. Other Partitioning Problems
D.3.6. Are You Seeing Python Errors?
D.4. Problems After Installation
D.4.1. Trouble With the Graphical GRUB Screen?
D.4.2. Trouble With the Graphical LILO Screen?
D.4.3. Booting into a Graphical Environment
D.4.4. Problems with Server Installations and X
D.4.5. Problems When You Try to Log In
D.4.6. Is Your RAM Not Being Recognized?
D.4.7. Your Printer Will Not Work
D.4.8. Problems with Sound Configuration
D.4.9. Apache-based httpd service/Sendmail Hangs During Startup
D.4.10. Trouble with NVIDIA chipset
E. An Introduction to Disk Partitions
E.1. Hard Disk Basic Concepts
E.1.1. It is Not What You Write, it is How You Write It
E.1.2. Partitions: Turning One Drive Into Many
E.1.3. Partitions within Partitions — An Overview of Extended Partitions
E.1.4. Making Room For Red Hat Linux
E.1.5. Partition Naming Scheme
E.1.6. Disk Partitions and Other Operating Systems
E.1.7. Disk Partitions and Mount Points
E.1.8. How Many Partitions?
E.1.9. One Last Wrinkle: Using GRUB or LILO
F. Driver Diskettes
F.1. Why Do I Need a Driver Diskette?
F.1.1. So What Is a Driver Diskette Anyway?
F.1.2. How Do I Obtain a Driver Diskette?
F.1.3. Using a Driver Diskette During Installation
G. Configuring a Dual-Boot System
G.1. Allocating Disk Space for Linux
G.1.1. Add a New Hard Drive
G.1.2. Use an Existing Hard Drive or Partition
G.1.3. Create a New Partition
G.2. Installing Red Hat Linux in a Dual-Boot Environment
G.2.1. Disk Partitioning
G.2.2. Configuring the Boot Loader
G.2.3. Post-Installation
G.3. Partitioning with parted
G.3.1. Partitioning a Windows System
H. Additional Boot Options