Fedora Core 3 Final Notes

Original notes submitted by David Sanders:

  1. Download the 4 ISO images and the rescue image.
  2. Download FedoraCore3.zip
    http://vpc.visualwin.com/Notes/FedoraCore3.zip
  3. Place the zip file in a shared folder on the host
    (So we can get it later via Samba).
  4. Create a virtual machine (256MB ram or more).
  5. Boot from the first ISO image.
  6. Press enter at the boot prompt for a graphical install.
  7. Test media (or skip if you already have).
  8. (Graphical install starts)
  9. Click next to continue.
  10. Select language (english).
  11. Select keyboard (US).
  12. Select install type (workstation).
  13. Select automatic disk partitioning.
  14. Select yes at warning.
  15. Select remove all partitions and click next
    (We do not need to "review partitions").
  16. Select yes at warning.
  17. Click next to select boat loader (grub).
  18. Network configuration:
    Select DHCP (or assign IP address).
    Set hostname (FedoraCore3).
  19. Firewall configuration:
    Enable firewall.
    Allow http (or whatever).
    Enable selinux (active).
  20. Select languages (english).
  21. Select timezone.
  22. Enter root password.
  23. Select "Customize software packages"
  24. Select package groups
    (Whatever, but ensure you select "Windows File Server" because we need Samba).
  25. Click next at "About to install"
  26. Click continue at "required install media"
  27. (Formats file system)
  28. (Installs packages) (change CD images as needed)
  29. When install is complete, use the VPC menu to capture the rescue ISO disk, then click reboot.
  30. Press enter for rescue mode
  31. Choose language (English)
  32. Choose keyboard (US)
  33. Select yes to start networking
  34. Configure using DHCP (or assign IP address)
  35. Click continue to search for install
  36. Click OK
  37. You are now at a shell prompt. Type: chroot /mnt/sysimage
  38. Type: smbclient //win2ksvr/Share ľU david
    But replace "win2ksvr" with the name of your host computer,
    "Share" with the name of your shared folder, and
    "david" with your username on the host operating system
    Note: If you can't get samba working, but have network (internet) connectivity can can get the file with this command:
    http://vpc.visualwin.com/Notes/FedoraCore3.zip
    If you used wget, proceed to step 42.
  39. Enter password for host computer if prompted
  40. Type: get FedoraCore3.zip
  41. Type: quit
  42. Type: unzip -o FedoraCore3.zip
  43. Type: rpm -i --force kernel-2.6.9-vpc.i686.rpm.  This will take a while ignore error about failed to stat /dev/shm.  Burton Strauss suggests adding the "-ivh" switch so you can see the status and progress bar.
  44. When above is done, release the rescue ISO from the VPC menu
  45. Type: exit
  46. Type: exit
  47. (Reboots)
  48. (Enters graphical setup)
  49. "Welcome" --click next
  50. Agree to license agreement
  51. Set date/time, enable ntp (if desired)
  52. Display setup --click next (leave as is for now)
  53. Add a user name/password
  54. Additional CDs --click next
  55. Finish setup --click next
  56. Login and have fun!

Luke Arms reported that:

Chris J. Breisch noted that the install will hang at "VFS: Mounted root ..." if the VPC has more than 512 MB of RAM

Jack Gilbraith was only able to boot to runlevel 3 after using Luke Arms' method to get the new kernel.  To get X use Emacs to edit etc/X11/xorg.conf and change all of the sceen depths to "16" from "24".

Doug Haigh reports that you need Virtual PC Service Pack 1 or you won't get to the "Check install CD" screen

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