Chapter 5. Beginning the Installation
To begin installation of Fedora Core, boot the computer from the bootable
media. The bootable media provides the necessary programs and files
to start the installation program. Once you start the installation
program, you may be able to install from a completely different
piece of media. For more information on finding and creating
bootable media, refer to Chapter 4, Preparing Media
If you boot from the first installation disc of the Fedora Core
distribution, you may choose a different source for installation.
The default source is the CDs themselves. To change this behavior,
boot: prompt. If you boot from
other media, the installation program
asks you to choose the installation source.
BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)
on your computer must support the type of boot media you select. The
BIOS controls access to some hardware devices during boot time. Any
computer that meets the minimum recommended specification for Fedora Core
can boot from a CD or DVD drive with the first disc. USB drives and
flash media are newer technologies, but many computers can use them
as boot media. Some network cards and chipsets include support for
network booting with
PXE. PXE (pronounced "pixie")
allows a computer to load boot files from a network server instead
of directly-connected hardware.
If you are not sure what capabilities your computer has, or how to
configure the BIOS, consult the documentation provided by the
manufacturer. Detailed information on hardware specifications and
configuration is beyond the scope of this document.
||Aborting the Installation
To abort the installation process at any time before the
screen, either press
or power off the computer with the power switch. Fedora makes no
changes to your computer until package installation begins.
5.1. Booting from CD, DVD, or USB Media
To boot your computer:
Switch on the computer.
Insert the first disc into the CD or DVD drive, or attach
the USB media.
A boot screen appears, with a
prompt at the bottom.
||BIOS Boot Order
The BIOS contains settings that control the order of boot
devices. If your PC boots from a device other than the Fedora Core
boot media, check the BIOS boot configuration.
If you hit
, the installation runs in
default mode. In the default mode, the installation uses a
graphical interface if possible. If the installation program runs
from the Fedora Core installation CD or DVD media, in default mode it
uses these media as the installation source. To change the
installation mode, at the
boot: prompt, type
followed by one or more of the
To install from a hard drive or network server, add the
To use a text interface, add the directive
To retry installation because the installation aborted at an
early stage, add the directive
. ACPI is responsible for many
kinds of installation errors. If you turn ACPI off, you may
be able to overcome some of these errors.
Refer to the Release Notes for additional options that may help if
you encounter problems with the installation program. A current
copy of the Release Notes is always available at https://fedora.redhat.com/docs/.
When you issue a command at the
boot: prompt, the
first stage of the installation program starts.