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Unable to install Redhat linux-9 on Dell Vostro-460 Desktop model

Posted on 2011-09-07
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i am unable to install Redhat Linux-9 version on Dell Vostro-460 Desktop model (latest) Desktop machine.

pc is getting stuck when there is TImezone console window.(keyboard and mouse are unresponsive)


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What are you trying to do with such an ancient OS on a modern PC? Most of the hardware won't be properly supported (which is likely the case you have run into).

I suggest getting a modern Linux distro and install that. Fedora is Red-Hat's testing bed, or get a current Red-Hat version (that isn't free though). There are also cloned versions of Red-Hat that are free, like CentOS, Scientific Linux or Oracle Linux. Checkout the distrowatch Link for current Linux distro's:

http://distrowatch.com/

If for some obscure reason you really need to run that old Red-Hat version, then I suggest running it inside a Virtual Machine on top of another OS, using tools like VMware Player, Oracle VirtualBox, KVM or Xen. Distro's like OpenSUSE have a Hypervisor included for easy installation (I think they use Xen). With others there is usually something included in the repositories to make for easy installation.

Your PC should have plenty of resources available to be able to run VM's satisfactorily.
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Thanks for reply rindi,

i have matlab software(old version with node locked ) it costs LACKS of RUPEES, we used to have an old server which was crashed. we got new license with the Hardware ID of the Dell Desktop.( i thought that i can install linux on that machine). but , now this is the situation.

i also tried to install on vm but, the vm is not allowing to change the mac address to different series( means other than the host computer series).

do you have any idea.

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Did you try MAC address spoofing inside the VM?

http://www.perturb.org/display/549_Spoofing_a_MAC_address_on_Linux.html

Otherwise, if that doesn't work, get an older PC, one with PS2 Mouse and keyboard connector, or get an addon card with PS2 connectors (I have such a PCI card which also has USB2 for example). But chances are that still half the half the hardware won't properly work.
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Thanks rindi,

mac address spoofing is working for me .



Thanks a lot
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