Start the Installation
To begin installing Linux, you must boot your system from the installation media. Most recently manufactured PCs can boot from the Disc 1 Red Hat Linux CD-ROM (obtain CD material online at http://examples.oreilly.com/redhat2). However, unless you generally boot from a CD-ROM—which is quite unlikely—you’ll need to reconfigure your PC’s BIOS so your PC is able to boot from a CD-ROM. To do so, enter your PC’s BIOS screen and look for a configuration item titled something like Boot Order or Boot Priority. Change the configuration so that the CD-ROM drive has the highest boot priority. Consult your PC’s documentation for details on entering and using its BIOS configuration screens.
Creating a Boot Floppy
If your PC can’t boot from a CD-ROM, you must create a boot floppy disk. Creating a boot floppy requires some special measures; you can’t simply copy files onto a disk and then boot from it. To create a Red Hat Linux installation boot floppy by using a PC that runs Microsoft Windows, perform the following steps:
Format a floppy.
Insert Disc 1 of Red Hat Linux (see http://examples.oreilly.com/redhat2) into your system’s CD-ROM drive.
Start an MS-DOS Prompt window by clicking on Start → Run, typing command, and pressing Enter (Windows 9x or NT) or Start → Programs → Accessories → Command Line Interface (Windows 2000).
In the command window, change to the drive letter that corresponds to your CD-ROM drive, for example,
e:, or some other letter (see Figure ...