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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Install Fedora 10 on Virtual PC 2007 SP1

The graphics mode pretty much does not work, at least for me. The whole installation was done in Text mode. This is weird because I remembered I managed to get it working in Fedora 9. In any case, to make the WORST happens, I installed everything, which WAS a mistake. The sensible thing to do is to NOT select virtualization. The reason being it doesnt help much in a already virtualized environment. Unless someone has a paper which prove me wrong about VoV (Virtualization on Virtualization).

Ok, I will only flag out the hard part, the rest is standard protocol. 

For the file system, it may make sense to use a normal non-RAID partition because in the VM, there should not be any performance improvement (or rather its probably going to cause performance issue). So, what I did was a simple 1 x swap and 1 x ext3 partition. If you free you want to secure your /boot, you can split that out too.

The rest goes as per normal. After the reboot, you will realized you see nothing (or some garbage) on the screen and cannot see anything. To fix this, you have to get into grub menu. Edit the kernel... line adding "vga=0x32D" at the end. That should allow you to boot up into text mode at least.

Now once you are in text mode, you will want to fix this once and for all. Go to /boot/grub and change the menu.lst according with the vga=0x32D on the line.

You will also notice the screen is huge and its not very friendly for some of us using a laptop with tiny screen. To fix that, you will need internet to install some modules. Once you confirm that internet is up, do :

yum install system-config-display

and then after the installation, run :

system-config-display --reconfigure

You X should now run properly in whichever resolution your choose. The rest, should be easy.


Anonymous said...

If you add noreplace-paravirt after your vga=0x32D entry, the graphicalanaconda installer will work fine!

Anonymous said...

like this?
"vga=0x32D noreplace-paravirt"

NemesisV said...

Someone pointed out that adding vga=0x32D may not be the best solution because anaconda does not work. But without it, I cannot even see the X boot up... Let see if there are any better way to do it.

Anonymous said...

adding vga=0x32D works fine,
the problem is you need to add it over and over again whenever you restart the pc

NemesisV said...

To fix this once and for all. Go to /boot/grub and change the menu.lst according with the vga=0x32D on the line.
Everytime it boots up, it will be automatically applied.

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