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First i have no idea how this points thing works, but i hope you can help me still.

Hello, my name is Alan. I was wondering if you could help me with a problem I am having installing Red Hat 6.1 on my Toshiba Laptop.
I hate having to ask you this because I know laptop Installations can be quite painful. I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro 435cds. Which, i cannot even get information for from the Toshiba web site. The stats are, a 120Mhz processor, 32 Megs or ram, a 1.2 gig IDE Hard drive, 10x CD ROM drive that is swappable with the 3.5 disk drive, and a (i believe) chips and technologies driven display. The problem i have encountered is the fact that about 2 weeks ago windows 98 Completely crapped out, (I am very new to linux, but an old hat with Windows). I started having so many problems i could not even boot with out the disk at all. So i finaly gave up cut my losses and Fdisked, and formatted the hard drive. Now i am running what i assume to be low grade DOS. No matter how i set the bios, or what have you Red hat will not load, I made the boot disk, and inserted the CD ROM. When it boots I choose the Install process. It askes me about having a Driver disk, I don't have any odd drivers that I know of so i click cancel, and then it askes me if I would like to load a driver set for a SCSI, or a network, but i have neither of these so i click done, Then it attempts so install, from what I can read as it does this, first it cannot find my mouse, then it tells me that it is switching to another and cannot find such a card, it continues scrolling for a moment, then it tells me that it cannot open my display, and that my 800x600 dot does not exist. then finally it states that install exited abnormally and ends.
Do you have any idea as to where to go from here. I checked out other sights, and they tells me about XFree86, and Svgalib, but I do not know how to use these. Any information at all would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for you time,
Linux, lost and confused.
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When you tried to install, did you invoke "expert" mode? If you did, try a "text" install. That doesn't require bringing up X during the install process and you may be able to get Linux installed. The other problems might be solveable with a running OS.
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Your answer was short sweet and too the point, and it seems to have worked, thank you a million times over.
No longer lost and confused.
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"expert mode" is a bit confusing. The only thing that I see that it's needed for is if you need to use non-standard drivers for Disks/CD's. With the OS installed, you can try to configure you display & mouse with xf86config or with Xconfigurator.
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