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Chapter 7. Installing on Intel® and AMD Systems

7.1. Graphical and Text Interfaces
7.2. The Graphical Installation Program User Interface
7.2.1. Screenshots during installation
7.2.2. A Note about Virtual Consoles
7.3. The Text Mode Installation Program User Interface
7.3.1. Using the Keyboard to Navigate
7.4. Starting the Installation Program
7.4.1. Booting the Installation Program on x86, AMD64, and Intel® 64 Systems
7.4.2. Additional Boot Options
7.5. Selecting an Installation Method
7.6. Installation Method
7.6.1. Installing from DVD/CD-ROM
7.6.2. Installing from a Hard Drive
7.6.3. Performing a Network Installation
7.6.4. Installing via NFS
7.6.5. Installing via FTP or HTTP
7.7. Verifying Media
7.8. Welcome to Fedora
7.9. Language Selection
7.10. Keyboard Configuration
7.11. Storage Devices
7.11.1. The Storage Devices Selection Screen
7.12. Assign Storage Devices
7.13. Initializing the Hard Disk
7.14. Upgrading an Existing System
7.14.1. The Upgrade Dialog
7.14.2. Upgrading Using the Installer
7.14.3. Upgrading Boot Loader Configuration
7.15. Setting the Hostname
7.16. Time Zone Configuration
7.17. Set the Root Password
7.18. Disk Partitioning Setup
7.19. Encrypt Partitions
7.20. Creating a Custom Layout or Modifying the Default Layout
7.20.1. Create Storage
7.20.2. Adding Partitions
7.20.3. Create Software RAID
7.20.4. Create LVM Logical Volume
7.20.5. Recommended Partitioning Scheme
7.21. Write changes to disk
7.22. x86, AMD64, and Intel® 64 Boot Loader Configuration
7.22.1. Advanced Boot Loader Configuration
7.22.2. Rescue Mode
7.22.3. Alternative Boot Loaders
7.23. Package Group Selection
7.23.1. Installing from Additional Repositories
7.23.2. Customizing the Software Selection
7.24. Installing Packages
7.25. Installation Complete
This chapter explains how to perform a Fedora installation from the DVD/CD-ROM, using the graphical, mouse-based installation program. The following topics are discussed:

7.1. Graphical and Text Interfaces

Graphical Interface Usage

Installing in text mode does not prevent you from using a graphical interface on your system once it is installed.

Important — Minimum RAM requirements

If your system has less than 137 MB of RAM, installation will not continue on any architecture.
Furthermore, installation from a hard drive or a network location requires an image of stage 2 of the installation program (installer.img) to be stored in memory. This additional requirement increases the minimum RAM required to at least 256 MB for these installation methods.
Fedora 13 supports graphical and text-based installations. Only systems with more than 397 MB of RAM can use the graphical installer. Systems with less RAM automatically scale back to using the text-based installer. Note that you must still have a minimum of 137 MB of RAM for installation to proceed even in text mode, and some architectures and installation methods require more RAM than others. If you prefer to use the text-based installer, type linux text at the boot: prompt.
If one of the following situations occurs, the installation program uses text mode:
  • The installation system fails to identify the display hardware on your computer
  • Your computer has less the minimum amount of RAM required for graphical installation on your architecture with your chosen installation method (397 MB at the very least).
  • You choose the text mode installation from the boot menu
The text screens provide most of the same functions as the standard screens, although disk partitioning is simplified, and bootloader configuration and package selection are handled automatically in text mode. If you choose to install Fedora in text mode, you can still configure your system to use a graphical interface after installation. Refer to Section 16.3, “Switching to a Graphical Login” for instructions.