|(a) If your i8100 is also going to serve as a wintendo, you
can migrate the preinstalled Windows operating system (Windows ME in my
case) onto the first partition, by following these instructions.
Otherwise just skip to (b). Turn off virtual memory in Windows ME.
Run the defragmentation program. Run scandisk. Make a startup
disk. Copy restorrb.exe, fips.exe and errors.txt from the dosutils
directory of the 1st RedHat installation CD to the boot floppy. Reboot
with the floppy. Type fips at the command prompt. Follow the
instructions and chose the end cylinder for your windows
partition (cylinders 1-749 will give you about 6 out of the 30 GB on the
hard disk). Reboot into windows. Turn the virtual memory back
on and run scan disk to make sure everything is ok. Now you can install a real operating
system on the rest of the hard disk.
|(b) At the boot prompt, type "linux ide=nodma" to avoid crashes
when swapon is called during installation (see Bug
#53168 at Bugzilla). DMA can be re-enabled after installation.
The "ide=nodma" option works in conjunction with other common options like
"text" and "expert". Follow the installation procedure as you normally
would with a few exceptions.
|(i) Select text login mode rather than the graphical interface since
you will have to configure X-windows manually just like the i8000.
|(ii) Most likely, your network card will not be recognized. This
is ok since it also can be configured manually.
|(c) When you reboot after the installation, login as root.
|(i) Add "alias eth0 eepro100" to /etc/modules.conf. If you use
your i8100 as an NFS server, you may get a kernel panic under heavy network
load. I encountered this for my Dell PowerEdge 2500 server which
has an integrated Intel PRO 10/100 NIC.
Here is the easy fix.
|(ii) Edit /etc/sysconfig/harddisks and uncomment the line with USE_DMA=1.
This re-enables DMA which speed up my buffered disk reads by a factor of
5 (from 4 MB/sec to 20 MB/sec). Use the "hdparm -T -t /dev/hda" command
to check the performance if you are interested.
|(c) Kudzu will detect your network card after rebooting, and you can
setup your networking.