Installing RedHat Linux 7.0 (Guiness) on a Dell Inspiron 8000This article describes the installation of RedHat 7.0 on a Dell Inspiron 8000 notebook. The notebook came with Windows Millenium edition pre-installed.
Redhat Linux installation stepsInitial situation: 18.2GByte Windows Me FAT32 partition
Further steps to get sound working:I downloaded the following ALSA files:
widely available at various mirrors, or from Advanced Linux Sound Architecture home
Untarred them to /usr/local/src or similar, and then followed the instructions in the included INSTALL readmes. Couldn't get the alsa mixer to work, so used gmix instead to unmute everything. I think I also had to run the script the installation places in /etc/rc.d/init.d to get things going.
Further steps to get the internal [wl]inmodem working:
RedHat errata for xinetdI found that the xinetd configuration was not working properly for some ports, the xinetd-22.214.171.124pre11-1.i386.rpm from RedHat fixes this.
LinksThere are several good sources of information on installing Linux on the i8000:
Nathaniel Ward's page on installing RedHat Linux on the i8000
Joël Wijngaarde's page RH 7.0 and Windows 2000
Or try one of the many links from the Dell section of linux on laptops
Discussions on running Linux on Dell notenook computers and a useful FAQ can be found on the busy Yahoo newsgroup Linux on Dell laptops
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