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installation of redhat 7.1

By a420special ·
Ok I am an experianced pc user but am brand new to linux. I want to install Redhat 7.1 on an older laptop to fool around with it. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite pro 490cdt. Ps 233mhz, 64 mb edo ram, 4 gig hd, cd rom. I have checked and my sound and video and what have you is all supported. I do not have a floppy drive.

I went out and bought a cd and book. Mastering red hat linux 7.1 with the included sybex reh hat 7.1 cd. The book says the cd is bootable. It boots on my desktop. However my laptop does not boot to it. I copy it to a fat 32 partition on my hd, still no boot. My bios boot in cd,floppy (non existant), hd. My laptop boots to a windows xp cd no prob, but no boot with linux.

what i need is a step by step hd install guide. I am running xp pro now and want a dual boot. Xp is on a 1 gig partition (with 400 megs free if you can beleive it!) I have up to 3 gigs for my swap and root partitions. When I put linux on the hd for a hd install i downloaded a muti os bootprogram tor un from xp (till i get lilo goin) and the first thing it asked me to do was make a floppy. The cancel command quits the program. I am ready to get this installed please help!!!

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to installation of redhat 7. ...

you can try opening the cd under winXp and running the start-up program from there. If your cd is not a slower x1 x2 or x4 it should work. I am a little concerned about the amount of harddisk space. linux 7.1 will not share space with the winXp so if I read you right you want winXp on one partition and linux to occupy the remaining 3 gigs?


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by EarleZO In reply to installation of redhat 7. ...

I know this is a really basic sugeestion, but ... is the laptop set to boot from the CD-ROM??

Have you tried booting another CD eg your XP CD on the laptop?

Next, I would look around and find another bootable linux CD - there are often problems with laptops if the disk is not a good quality disk - that includes the ones you get from books.

Good luck.


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by invite_anil In reply to installation of redhat 7. ...

Try using VMWare you can boot directly from windows xp only

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