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Chapter 4. Beginning the Installation

[Note] Aborting the Installation

To abort the installation, either press Ctrl +Alt+Del or power off your computer with the power switch. You may abort the installation process without consequence at any time prior to selecting Write changes to disk on the Write partitioning to disk screen. Fedora makes no permanent changes to your computer until that point. Please be aware that stopping the installation after partitioning has begun can leave your computer unusable.

4.1. The Boot Menu

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.

[Tip] Using Boot Options

For a listing and explanation of common boot options, refer to Appendix A, Boot Options.

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 verification process.

  • Memory Test.  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 installer.

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.

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