Let me start by saying that I generally find The RedHat
distributions more than adequate in every way. However
there seems to be a number of difficulties with the 6.1
distribution (ie. the downloadable iso-image) which makes
RedHat a poor choise for first time users (which I am not).
1. I tried to install on a highend Pentium (or lowend
Pentium II). The installation failed to initialize X,
and continued in the oldfashion way (Matrox G200). This
is strange since there was no problem detecting the
graphicscard later on in the installation.
After the installation I was a bit baffled by the fact
that I wasn't prompted for LiLo (!?!). And sure enough:
When the machine rebooted after installation - it booted
2. I moved on and tried to install on a brandnew PentiumIII.
I inserted the CD - and it too failed to initialize X
(Matrox G200 as well). BUT! instead of continuing in
textmode it crashed big time and informed me (politely)
that I should reboot the machine (This seems more like
Windows than Linux)
3. This time I tried on a Pentium II 300MHz with an OEM
This installer behaved nicely this time (allthough it
skipped detection of the networkadapter - I like the
graphical installer by the way).
BUT! After installation the network adapter still wasn't
detected (I have heard rumours about a new hardware
detection system in 6.1).
Furthermore: eventhough I chose dansih keyboard during
the installation, the settings were some UK/US-keyboard.
I corrected this but a firsttime user most certainly
won't be able to do that.
There were some other things that was kind of strange
but the only one I remember is that I wasn't able to run
sndconfig (unless I ran setup). I didn't go further into
to this. But now I wonder is this intentionally or have
you forgotten to setup the PATH-variable???
If you need more detailed information on some of the
hardware mentioned above, simply drop me a line - I'll be
glad to comply.
Keep up the good work
What kind of installation were you performing in 1) below? If you
were performing a Workstation or Server installation, you will not be
prompted for lilo config, but I would not think that it would boot
We have heard reports of bad things happening when the install failed
to start the Xserver.
What kind of network adapter was in the machine which was not
detected? I am assumming that you were performing a cdrom
installation, in which case you should have gotten the Network Config
screen, and you should have been able to either enter static IP
information or configure the device to use dhcp.
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I chose "Custom" installation in all three cases!
The network adapter is a 3COM adapter (3c589 I believe) and Yes I did
a CDROM installation
ISA devices are no auto-probed by the system, so this might explain why you did
not get prompted for networking information. The new hardware detection code is
indeed in this release, but again, ISA devices are not handled.
The problem with the keyboard is fixed in the latest RawHide, as are significant
improvements in the handling of video cards and what happens should the system
need to fallback to TUI install.