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    Not really near any university...

    So, I need a Linux boot disk? Basically, wjat I need to know is this: if I uninstall windows, can I then boot up with the CD-ROM and install RedHat? I need to uninstall Windows in order to have room for RedHat in the first place.

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    Originally posted by TWTCommish
    I need to uninstall Windows in order to have room for RedHat in the first place.
    Unless I'm mistaken, if you install Linux and choose to turn the entire drive into a Linux partition (probably what you want to do anyway since you don't have much room on your HD for a second partition) it will erase EVERYTHING you previously installed on the HD, including Windows.

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    That's okay with me -- I can stand to lose my data at this point, but will I be able to boot up and install RedHat through DOS? If I uninstall Windows and start my computer, will I be met with DOS?

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    If You can boot from a CD you won't need to use DOS or windows and you won't need to uninstall Windows either.

    To find out if you can boot from CD try this (with windows still installed, you won't damage anything at this point) Shut down Windows and switch off the computer. Put the Linux CD in the drive and switch on, after POST checks you should see the CD show some activity and a DOS like screen appear.

    It should begin somthing like this;

    Welcome to Red Hat Linux press ENTER to install....etc etc

    If you see that everything is OK booting wise. You can either carry on and install right over windows or if you are not ready yet DONT press anything switch the computer off and on, take out the CD AS SOON as the computer starts to reboot. (linux locks CD drives during the install so you can't take it out before the restart)

    If you don't see the above install screen and Windows loads even with the CD in then your BIOS may not be setup to boot from CD.

    Restart again and enter the BIOS setup (usually hit del or esc right after power on) Find the option for boot sequence and change it to CD, C (if you see SCSI in the list don't worry as long as CD is first).

    Save changes to the BIOS and reboot with Linux disc in CD and away you go.

    On the install screen where it asks you which partition to install Linux on just highlight your windows disk and overight it.

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    Originally posted by sowen
    Shut down Windows and switch off the computer. Put the Linux CD in the drive and switch on, (...)
    Better put the CD in before you turn off your computer since your drive won't open without power, remember it's not a floppy!

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    'nuff said

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    well. i had an pc..
    celeron 300
    32mb ram.
    2.1 gb

    i had nothing to do with it as i got my p3

    i was willing to install linux on it.
    one of the teacher in my computer institute (network administrator) was kind enough to install it for me..
    and i would be needing him again to install windows nt on my another pc...
    nice guy..


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    Two questions for you all:

    - How do I deal with the part of the installation on partioning?
    - How do I go from Disc 1 to Disc 2 during the installation?

    Thanks guys, I appreciate your help.

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    Originally posted by TWTCommish
    - How do I deal with the part of the installation on partioning?
    Could you be more specific please? Are you asking whether you should partition the whole drive or keep a partition for Windows, or to run Linux on a Windows partition? Is that what you're asking?
    Originally posted by TWTCommish
    - How do I go from Disc 1 to Disc 2 during the installation?
    Doesn't it tell you when to change CDs?


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