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Installing Fedora

The next item to select is the mouse. If the system was able to probe your mouse, the correct option should be listed. If you connect to a KVM switch, the probe will probably be unsuccessful and you'll want to manually select what type of mouse you have. In my case, I have an unsupported mouse and have it connected to a KVM, so I'll select Wheel Mouse (PS/2) from the generic list. Select your mouse, and click next.

The third thing we get to configure is the monitor. Just like the mouse and keyboard if the system was able to probe your monitor successfully, it'll be selected. Otherwise you'll need to select your monitor from the long list of models. In my case, I'm using a Generic CRT display 1600x1200. Chose your monitor value and click next.

Now that the keyboard, mouse, and monitor have been configured, we are asked what type of install we want to do. The options are:
  - Personal Desktop
  - Workstation
  - Server
  - Custom

For those of you installing Fedora for the first time, I would suggest you just go with the Personal Desktop option. As you get more failure with Fedora/Linux you can go back and experiment with the other options. The custom option is exactly what you would expect. It allows you to select each and every component that gets installed. So, we are just going to select Personal Desktop and click next.

In order to install Fedora the Hard Disk is going to have to be formated with a Linux partition. We have the option of allowing the Fedora installer to partition or to do it manually. We'll let Fedora do it, so just click next. Don't worry, we're not going to erase Windows. 

The next screen ask us what drives we are going to use for our installation. You should also see a box that list several drives that you can (un)select.

I'm sure some of you are probably asking what the heck hda and hdb are. These are your hard drives. hda is the primary master, and hdb is the primary slave. If we had more hard drives, they would be hdc, hde, and so on.

As I mentioned at the start of this guide, we are configuring a dual boot system with Windows installed on one hard disk (hda), and Fedora Linux to be installed on the 2nd disk (hdb). Since Windows was installed on the first disk (hda), we obviously don't want to over write it when we install Fedora (hard to dual boot with only one OS :p), we will uncheck hda. This tells Fedora to only use hdb for the install.

If the hard disk you are installing Fedora is unpartitioned/formated, don't worry about any of the top options. If you have the disk formated with NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, or anything else, select Remove all partitions on this system. Don't worry, it doesn't really mean ALL partitions, it's only talking about those on the hard disk we selected.

Also, we want to check the box below that says Review and Modify the partitions, so select that and click next.

Since we selected the review and modify box on the last screen, we get a nice little display of the hard drives layout. Even though we told Fedora not to use hda in the install, information about that drive, and all other drives is still displayed.

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