Chapter 4. Beginning the Installation
The boot media displays a graphical boot menu with several
options. If no key is hit within 60 seconds, the default boot
option runs. To choose the default, either wait for the timer to
run out or hit Enter on the keyboard. To select
a different option than the default, use the arrow keys on your
keyboard, and hit Enter when the correct option
is highlighted. If you want to customize the boot options for a
particular option, hit the Tab key.
When using Fedora Live media, press any key during the initial
boot countdown to bring up the Boot Options
menu. The boot options include:
Boot. This option is the default. If you select this option,
only the kernel and startup programs load into memory. This
option takes less time to load. As you use programs, they
are loaded from the disc, which takes more time. This mode
can be used on machines with less total memory.
Verify and Boot. This option lets you verify the disc before you run the
Live CD environment. Refer to Section 4.3, “Verifying Media” for more information on the
This option runs an exhaustive test on the memory on your
system. For more information, refer to Section A.6.1, “Loading the Memory (RAM) Testing Mode”.
Boot from local drive.
This option boots the system from the first installed disk.
If you booted this disc accidentally, use this option to
boot from the hard disk immediately without starting the
If you boot the DVD, rescue CD, or minimal boot media, the
boot menu options include:
Install or upgrade an existing system. This option is the default. Choose this option to
install Fedora onto your computer system using the
graphical installation program.
Install or upgrade an existing system (text mode). Choose this option to install Fedora onto your
computer system using the text-based installation program.
If your computer system has problems using the graphical
installation program, you can install the system with this
option. Installing with this option does
not prevent you from using a graphical
interface on the system once it is installed.
Rescue installed system. Choose this option to repair a problem with your
installed Fedora system that prevents you from booting
normally. Although Fedora is an exceptionally stable
computing platform, it is still possible for occasional
problems to occur that prevent booting. The rescue
environment contains utility programs that allow you fix a
wide variety of these problems.