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- To install or upgrade in graphical node, press the <ENTER> key.

- To install or upgrade in text node, type: linux text <E311TER>.

- Use the function keys listed below for more information.

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• Install Or Upgrade In Text Mode: The second option enables you to install or upgrade Fedora Core using a text menu interface. This interface presents the options in text menus, and you use the arrow keys or Tab key to move to the selection area. In some areas, the spacebar is used to turn options off and on. To install by using the text interface, type linux text at the boot: prompt and press Enter.

• Use The Function Keys: The last item listed points out the function keys displayed at the bottom of the initial installation screen.

The F1 function key presents the initial installation screen, which allows you to install or upgrade via graphical mode, install or upgrade via text mode, or use the function keys labeled F2 through F5.

The F2 function key includes options for disabling hardware detection during installation (you must know the details of your hardware before proceeding); testing the installation media before proceeding (good option to use if you downloaded the Fedora Core distribution from Red Hat's Fedora Project Web site and burned the software to CDs or a DVD); enabling rescue mode (this is also the function of the F5 key); using a driver disk, CD, or DVD that isn't included with the Linux installation media; and updating your existing Linux installation.

The F3 function key allows you to set the video options. If you have experienced problems installing Fedora Core 3 with the graphical interface, you may want to try a lower resolution. Type linux lowres at the boot: prompt to use a lower graphic resolution to install Linux. The linux lowres nofb command allows you to turn off frame buffering, which can cause problems with some video cards.

The F4 function key, labeled Kernel, enables you to enter parameters when you install Linux. For example, some help files will tell you to do something like "turn off autoprobing for your PCI hardware bus." Here's where you find out what you need to type.

The F5 function key has two different functions, depending on whether you're using the DVD-ROM inclued with this book or the Fedora CD-ROM set. For the DVD-ROM, F5 shows you information about the ISO files of other distributions included on the DVD-ROM (see Chapter 4). Those using CD-ROM sets find an explanation of rescue mode when pressing F5. Rescue mode (see Chapter 5) includes many useful utilities to restore your system to a functional state. To start rescue mode, type linux rescue at the boot: prompt and press Enter.

2. If you haven't done so yet and want to do a regular Fedora installation using a nice point-and-click environment, type linux and press Enter to start the graphical installation.

Many lines of information scroll past as the installer launches. During this time, a mini version of Linux is loading.

If you downloaded the full version of Fedora Core and burned it onto CDs or a DVD yourself, the CD Found (mediacheck) screen appears. This screen allows you to check the integrity of the media that you're using to install Linux. If this is the case, I recommend taking the time to perform this test on all the CDs or the DVD. It's best to know now if one of them is damaged or incomplete.

Because the DVD that accompanies this book contains not only a full edition of Fedora Core 3 (minus the source code; see Appendix B), but files for a number of other distributions, I don't recommend trying a media check on this device. It will most likely fail even though the DVD is probably fine.

Whether you check your media or not, after you're ready to move on, the CD Found image disappears and additional text scrolls across the screen. The last few lines load the graphic engine, a gray screen with a small X in the middle appears, and then the Welcome To Fedora Core screen appears. To the left of the screen is a set of instructions explaining how to navigate through this installer.

3. After you've finished with the material on the Welcome To Fedora Core screen, click Next.

The Welcome screen disappears and is replaced by the Language Selection screen, as shown in Figure 3-3. Linux supports many different languages.

4. Use the mouse or the ? or l keys to select your language and click Next.

The Keyboard Configuration screen appears, as shown in Figure 3-4.

Different languages arrange the keys differently on keyboards; you may want to choose the matching language for your keyboard. (The default is U.S. English.)

5. Choose your keyboard configuration and click Next.

The Installation Type screen appears, as shown in Figure 3-5.

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Figure 3-3:

The Language Selection

Figure 3-3:

The Language Selection

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Figure 3-4:

The Keyboard Configura-

Keyboard

Select the appropriate keyboard for the system.

Configuration

Russian

Russian (cpl251)

Choose the layout type for the

Russian (Microsoft)

keyboard (for example, U.S.

Russian (ml)

English) that you would tike to

Russian (ru2)

use for the system.

Russian (win)

Slovak iarc

Slovenian

Spanish

Swedish

Swiss French

Swiss French (latinl)

Swiss Cenrnan

Swiss German {latin!}

Turkish

Ukrainian

U nited Kingdom

U.S. English

U.S. International

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