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6.5. Graphical and Text Interfaces

Fedora 11 supports graphical and text-based installations. However, the installer image must either fit in RAM or appear on local storage, such as the installation DVD or Live Media. Therefore, only systems with more than 192 MB of RAM or that boot from the installation DVD or Live Media can use the graphical installer. Systems with 192 MB RAM or less automatically scale back to using the text-based installer. Note that you must still have a minimum of 64 MB of RAM for installation to proceed in text mode. 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 a text mode:
  • The installation system fails to identify the display hardware on your computer
  • Your computer has less than 192 MB of RAM
  • 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.

Graphical Interface Usage

Installing in text mode does not prevent you from using a graphical interface on your system once it is installed. If you have trouble configuring your system for graphical interface use, consult other sources for troubleshooting help as shown in Section 1.2, “Getting Additional Help”.

Installation requires at least 64 MB of RAM

If your system has less than 64 MB of RAM, installation will not continue.

 
 
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