Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3

Installation Guide for the x86, Itanium™, and AMD64 Architectures

Table of Contents
1. Document Conventions
2. How to Use This Manual
2.1. We Need Feedback!
3. Accessibility Solutions
1. Itanium System Specific Information
1.1. Itanium System Installation Overview
1.2. Itanium Systems — The EFI Shell
1.2.1. Itanium Systems — EFI Device Names
1.2.2. Itanium Systems — EFI System Partition
2. Steps to Get You Started
2.1. Where to Find Other Manuals
2.2. Registering Your Product
2.3. Is Your Hardware Compatible?
2.4. Do You Have Enough Disk Space?
2.5. Can You Install Using the CD-ROM?
2.5.1. Alternative Boot Methods
2.5.2. Making an Installation Boot CD-ROM
2.5.3. Making an Installation Boot Diskette
2.6. Preparing for a Network Installation
2.6.1. Using ISO Images for NFS Installs
2.7. Preparing for a Hard Drive Installation
3. System Requirements Table
4. Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4.1. The Graphical Installation Program User Interface
4.1.1. A Note about Virtual Consoles
4.2. The Text Mode Installation Program User Interface
4.2.1. Using the Keyboard to Navigate
4.3. Starting the Installation Program
4.3.1. Booting the Installation Program on x86 and AMD64 Systems
4.3.2. Booting the Installation Program on Itanium Systems
4.3.3. Additional Boot Options
4.4. Selecting an Installation Method
4.5. Installing from CD-ROM
4.5.1. What If the IDE CD-ROM Was Not Found?
4.6. Installing from a Hard Drive
4.7. Performing a Network Installation
4.8. Installing via NFS
4.9. Installing via FTP
4.10. Installing via HTTP
4.11. Welcome to Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4.12. Language Selection
4.13. Keyboard Configuration
4.14. Mouse Configuration
4.15. Disk Partitioning Setup
4.16. Automatic Partitioning
4.17. Partitioning Your System
4.17.1. Graphical Display of Hard Drive(s)
4.17.2. Disk Druid's Buttons
4.17.3. Partition Fields
4.17.4. Recommended Partitioning Scheme
4.17.5. Adding Partitions
4.17.6. Editing Partitions
4.17.7. Deleting a Partition
4.18. x86 and AMD64 Boot Loader Configuration
4.18.1. Advanced Boot Loader Configuration
4.18.2. Rescue Mode
4.18.3. Alternative Boot Loaders
4.18.4. SMP Motherboards, GRUB, and LILO
4.19. Network Configuration
4.20. Firewall Configuration
4.21. Language Support Selection
4.22. Time Zone Configuration
4.23. Set Root Password
4.24. Package Group Selection
4.25. Preparing to Install
4.26. Installing Packages
4.27. Video Card Configuration
4.28. X Configuration — Monitor and Customization
4.28.1. Configuring Your Monitor
4.28.2. Custom Configuration
4.29. Installation Complete
4.30. Itanium Systems — Booting Your Machine and Post-Installation Setup
4.30.1. Post-Installation Boot Loader Options
4.30.2. Booting Red Hat Enterprise Linux Automatically
A. Upgrading Your Current System
A.1. What it Means to Upgrade
A.2. Upgrading Your System
A.3. Upgrade Boot Loader Configuration
A.3.1. Creating a New Boot Loader Configuration
A.3.2. Advanced Boot Loader Configuration
A.3.3. Rescue Mode
A.3.4. Alternative Boot Loaders
A.3.5. SMP Motherboards, GRUB, and LILO
A.4. Upgrading Packages
A.5. Upgrade Complete
B. Removing Red Hat Enterprise Linux
C. Troubleshooting Your Installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
C.1. You are Unable to Boot Red Hat Enterprise Linux
C.1.1. x86 Specific Instructions — Are You Unable to Boot from the CD-ROM?
C.1.2. x86 Specific Instructions — Are You Unable to Boot from a Boot Diskette?
C.1.3. Are You Unable to Boot With Your RAID Card?
C.1.4. Is Your System Displaying Signal 11 Errors?
C.2. Trouble Beginning the Installation
C.2.1. Is Your Mouse Not Detected?
C.2.2. Problems with Booting into the Graphical Installation
C.3. Trouble During the Installation
C.3.1. No devices found to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux Error Message
C.3.2. Saving Traceback Messages Without a Diskette Drive
C.3.3. Trouble with Partition Tables
C.3.4. Using Remaining Space
C.3.5. Other Partitioning Problems for x86 System Users
C.3.6. Other Partitioning Problems for Itanium System Users
C.3.7. Are You Seeing Python Errors?
C.4. Problems After Installation
C.4.1. Trouble With the Graphical GRUB Screen on an x86-based System?
C.4.2. Trouble With the Graphical LILO Screen on an x86-based System?
C.4.3. Booting into a Graphical Environment
C.4.4. Problems with the X Window System (GUI)
C.4.5. Problems When You Try to Log In
C.4.6. Is Your RAM Not Being Recognized?
C.4.7. Your Printer Will Not Work
C.4.8. Problems with Sound Configuration
C.4.9. Apache-based httpd service/Sendmail Hangs During Startup
C.4.10. Trouble with NVIDIA chipset
D. An Introduction to Disk Partitions
D.1. Hard Disk Basic Concepts
D.1.1. It is Not What You Write, it is How You Write It
D.1.2. Partitions: Turning One Drive Into Many
D.1.3. Partitions within Partitions — An Overview of Extended Partitions
D.1.4. Making Room For Red Hat Enterprise Linux
D.1.5. Partition Naming Scheme
D.1.6. Disk Partitions and Other Operating Systems
D.1.7. Disk Partitions and Mount Points
D.1.8. How Many Partitions?
D.1.9. One Last Wrinkle: Using GRUB or LILO
E. Driver Media
E.1. Why Do I Need Driver Media?
E.1.1. So What Is Driver Media Anyway?
E.1.2. How Do I Obtain Driver Media?
E.1.3. Using a Driver Image During Installation
F. Additional Boot Options
G. Additional Resources about Itanium and Linux