|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3: Installation Guide for the x86, Itanium™, and AMD64 Architectures|
This chapter explains how to perform a Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation from the CD-ROM, using the graphical, mouse-based installation program. The following topics are discussed:
Becoming familiar with the installation program's user interface
Starting the installation program
Selecting an installation method
Configuration steps during the installation (language, keyboard, mouse, partitioning, etc.)
Finishing the installation
If you have used a graphical user interface
(GUI) before, you are already familiar with this process; use
your mouse to navigate the screens, click buttons, or enter text
fields. You can also navigate through the installation using the
If you are using an x86 or AMD64 system, and you do not wish to use the GUI installation program, the text mode installation program is also available. To start the text mode installation program, use the following command at the boot: prompt:
Refer to Section 4.2 The Text Mode Installation Program User Interface for a brief overview of text mode installation instructions.
It is highly recommended that installs be performed using the GUI installation program. The GUI installation program offers the full functunality of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation program, including LVM configuration which is not available during a text mode installation.
Users who must use the text mode installation program can follow the GUI installation instructions and obtain all needed information.
If you are using an Itanium system, and you do not wish to use the GUI installation program, the text mode installation program is also available. To start the text mode installation program, type the following command at the EFI Shell prompt:
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation program offers more than the dialog boxes of the installation process. Several different kinds of diagnostic messages are available to you, in addition to providing a way to enter commands from a shell prompt. The installation program displays these messages on five virtual consoles, among which you can switch using a single keystroke combination.
A virtual console is a shell prompt in a non-graphical environment, accessed from the physical machine, not remotely. Multiple virtual consoles can be accessed simultaneously.
These virtual consoles can be helpful if you encounter a problem while installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Messages displayed on the installation or system consoles can help pinpoint a problem. Refer to Table 4-1 for a listing of the virtual consoles, keystrokes used to switch to them, and their contents.
Generally, there is no reason to leave the default console (virtual console #7 for graphical installations) unless you are attempting to diagnose installation problems.
|1|| ||installation dialog|
|2|| ||shell prompt|
|3|| ||install log (messages from installation program)|
|4|| ||system-related messages|
|5|| ||other messages|
|7|| ||X graphical display|
Table 4-1. Console, Keystrokes, and Contents