Installing RedHat 5.2 Linux on an IBM Thinkpad 600 with PCMCIA ethernet

Developed by John Anderson.

1. In order to get it to boot from the Linux CD, you need to power it on while holding down "F1", then fiddle with the BIOS setup.

2. When the install script gets to choosing a monitor, choose "LCD Panel 1024x768".

3. When you get to choosing a video card, let it "probe", it gets it right (on RedHat 5.2). It fails on RedHat 6.0, in which case tell it 2 MBytes of video ram.

4. When it asks about your mouse, select "PS/2 3 button".

5. When it asks where to install the boot loader, choose the MBR of your hard disk. It will automatically configure lilo for dual booting with Windows98.

6. When it asks about a network, tell it to skip it. This is important! Afterwards, I use the "system configuration" item on the linux configuration tool you get when you log on as root and do "startx". (It will be detected later on by PCMCIA daemon as a 3c589)

7. The network will not work correctly because it is started before the PCMCIA card is started. A work around is to add the following lines to the very end of "/etc/rc.d/rc.local":

/etc/rc.d/init.d/network stop
/etc/rc.d/init.d/network start
#mount -F -a -t nfs			# optional

8. Reconfigure lilo. Here is Mike's "/etc/lilo.conf":

boot=/dev/hda
default=dos
message=/boot/boot_prompt
map=/boot/map
install=/boot/boot.b
prompt
timeout=40
delay=40
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.0.36-0.7
	label=linux
	root=/dev/hda5
	read-only
other=/dev/hda1
	label=dos
	table=/dev/hda

The "message" option copies the specified file to the screen, and the "prompt" option says show the user the "boot" prompt. Mike's "/boot/boot_prompt" file contains:

	This is (HOSTNAME).  Enter 'dos' or 'linux'.

Note that you don't want to use the 'lock' directive. And you really do need both 'timeout' and 'delay' directives.



Up | Prev | Next