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3 Installing Fedora 7

This chapter shows how to install Fedora 7. Unlike the Ubuntu- and the Debian installer, the Fedora-, Mandriva-, and OpenSuSE installers cannot resize Windows partitions, so unless you have at least 5GB of free, unused disk space, you must downsize your Windows partition before you install Fedora. Fortunately, the UNetbootin project also provides a package called Partition Manager which will boot a Linux system with GParted on it which you can use to resize your existing partitions.

So what we do now is this: we install the Partition Manager, boot into the Partition Manager and downsize the Windows partition, then boot back into Windows, install the UNetbootin package for Fedora 7, reboot again, and install Fedora 7 on the free disk space.

Visit http://lubi.sourceforge.net/unetbootin.html and click on the Download link. On the SourceForge download page, select Partition Manager:

Select the appropriate package for your operating system (e.g. .exe for Windows) and save it on your computer:

Open the Windows Explorer and go to the folder where you've stored the Partition Manager package. Click on it to start the installation:

After the installation, you are asked to reboot. Do so now:

When the system reboots, you should now see the Windows boot menu. Don't let the Ubuntu entry fool you. It says Ubuntu, but it means Partition Manager, so select Ubuntu:

The Partition Manager is booting:

Select your screen resolution:

This is how the Partition Manager looks once it has booted:

Now click on the GParted icon to start GParted (the Gnome Partition Editor):

In GParted, you should see your current partition(s). Select the one you want to downsize and click on the Resize/Move button:

Now click on the black arrow on the right side and drag it to the left to downsize the Windows partition. Click on the Resize/Move button then:

Afterwards, click on the Apply button to execute the operation:

Confirm this operation by clicking on Apply again:

The partition is now being downsized. This can take a few minutes:

Afterwards, click on the Close button:

This is how your hard disk looks now. As you see, there's now enough free space to install Fedora 7 on:

You can now close the GParted window and click on the Switch Off button in the lower right corner to leave the Partition Manager and reboot:

Select Reboot:

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From: at: 2007-10-17 00:48:46

Great Stuff.Thanks for sharing.

From: at: 2007-11-12 06:30:51

UNetbootin versions capable of installing Fedora 8 and Ubuntu 7.10 have been out for a while, perhaps this guide should be updated...

 For the note, as indicated in http://lubi.sourceforge.net/unetbootin.html the new server and folder options to enter for Fedora 8 are:

If installing Fedora, select "FTP" as the installation source, and for the server, specify:

download.fedora.redhat.com
and for the folder, if using the standard (32-bit) version, specify:
pub/fedora/linux/releases/8/Fedora/i386/os
or if using the 64-bit version, specify:
pub/fedora/linux/releases/8/Fedora/x86_64/os

From: at: 2007-12-12 17:32:04

Really great stuff! :-)
But I first got severe problems! After resolving them, I now want to spread my experiences trying to get UBUNTU-Linux as an additional OS beneath my old WIN98 - via WUBI and UNetBootIn:

First I tried WUBI. Installing was easy, rebooting automatically opend the choice-menu - but UBUNTU didnt load at all: "No RAID disks", I received as error message, and "can't access tty" was the end of "falling back to a shell" :(

Because none of the threads to be found in the net could help me, I finally decided to switch to UNetBootIn.

Again, it seemed to work properly. But when UNetBootIn was rebooting the system, there was NO new menu offering a choice between WIN and UBUNTU, and the system fell back into WINDOWS, asking me if I "really wish to uninstall UNetBootIn"!?! :(
But why??? Everything seemed to be okay, "grub.exe" was on right place in C:\, "grldr" too... 8-o

After several tries (all the suggestions in the forums didn't work) and hard thinking ;-) I finally solved this UNetBootIn-problem! :-)

So, WIN98-users (?!) with similar problems using UNetBootIn, try this:
1. in WINDOWS, open your CONFIG.SYS (evt. deactivate read-only-status!) in a text-editor

2. merge the following lines:
[menu]
menucolor=15,0
menuitem=windows,Windows
menuitem=grldrUNetBootIn,UNetBootIn
menudefault=windows,30
[grldrUNetBootIn]
device=grub.exe
[windows]

3. safe CONFIG.SYS

4. start UNetBootIn, let it install and reboot your system

5. NOW you'll get the NEW MENU! :-) Choose UBUNTU and let it install

6. In UBUNTU open your good old WIN98-CONFIG.SYS and erase the lines merged above

That's it!
Good luck to you all!


From: Tyro65 at: 2011-09-20 16:49:01

How do I merge lines?  Please give me an example.

 Thanks.

From: at: 2008-07-05 05:12:46

UNetbootin's homepage has moved to http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ please update the link; the new version has several useful features such as a proper GUI and liveUSB installation source.

 Also, note that the new version can install using the LiveCD ISO file so it is no longer necessary to do net-installations. Here is a screenshot of the new version:

From: Trident at: 2008-10-31 12:30:35

The links on this page need to be updated for Partition Manager.

The SourceForge redirect doesn't seem to work correctly either.

I found the new versions of PM available at http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=198821&package_id=240127