How to dual boot Red Hat Linux 4.7 with WIN XP.

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Hi all. Can someone tell me the steps to install Red Hat on a laptop with Windows XP? Thanks.
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These are two different ways to do it.

Hope this helps

Suggestion - i would like you to use vmware or virtualbox instead of dual - boot

The usual method of installing a Linux distro alongside XP is very simple, because Linux is designed to coexist peacefully with other operating systems:
- boot off the Linux installation media
- it will detect the existing Windows OS
- it will suggest to shrink the Windows partition for you and create a new Linux partition
- revise its suggested settings and adapt them to your liking, then let it proceed
- accept the default bootloader settings for the MBR
- let it install
- reboot and select the OS you wish to load at the Grub bootloader prompt

This is, as I said, the schematic standard procedure for most Linux installations; only the comfort and user-friendliness of the installation program may vary greatly (best by far for almost 10 years has been the SuSE installer).
If you need more detail, the first link posted above by santoshmotwani will fill you in.

In your case, you wish to install a relatively old and outdated Linux (RHEL 4.7 was released 2 years ago), and you wish to install it on a laptop. Support for integrated laptop hardware, especially the critical wireless chip, is admittedly the most (and only) difficult point in Linux setup. Thus it is always wise to use the most up-to-date Linux you can get, in order to assure a wide variety of hardware support.

So unless the laptop in question is 3 years old or older, I'd strongly advise to use RHEL 5.5 instead of 4.7; if that isn't possible for license issues, use CentOS 5.5 ( which is the exact same system, only free.
However, both RHEL and CentOS are designed as server operating systems; their support of laptops and laptop hardware is not ideal. If all you need is any Linux running on that laptop, I'd suggest to look into a desktop specific variant, like Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, PCLinuxOS or MEPIS.


It is an IBM Lenova T400 is that okay?
Frankly, I do not know, and for some of the more advanced hardware I remain very sceptic.
See here:

You will have to try.
Check out this guide:

Fedora 10 comes very close to RHEL 4.7, so it should give you clues as to most of the hardware related issues.
Some of those are also resolved here:

Just make sure that a LAN cable is connected to the laptop when you install; ethernet hardware is normally working out of the box, so you will have an internet connection while you are trying to get the wireless working.

I'd still advocate to use a more recent version of Linux, though.

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