Instructions for installing Red Hat Linux Version 8.0 - ThinkPad T30

Revision Level: 1.02

Updated: Feb. 19, 2003

Supported Systems:

ThinkPad T30 system

This document contains the following

1.0 What you will need
2.0 Where to download device drivers and files
3.0 Preparation
4.0 Installing Red Hat Linux Version 8.0
5.0 Additional configuration (optional)

1.0 What you will need
  • A registered copy of Red Hat Linux Version 8.0.
  • If you intend to preserve the preinstalled software, you will need Disk management software, such as Partition Magic 8.0.
2.0 Where to download device drivers and files
  • Red Hat Web site:
  • Bluetooth drivers:
  • Secondary wireless driver (one is included with Red Hat):

3.0 Preparation

This document assumes you have a ThinkPad T30 with preinstalled software.

If you wish to preserve your preinstalled software, you should resize the main partition to make room for the Linux software. To do this using Partition Magic 8.0, do the following:

  1. Install Partition Magic 8.0 on the partition containing the preinstalled software. (If you are using Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows NT, you might need to make diskettes before you can resize the partition. For Microsoft Windows XP, diskettes are not needed.)
  2. Start Partition Magic 8.0, select the partition labeled C:\IBM_PRELOAD, then click resize/move partition.
  3. Reduce the partition size so that there is 3GB or more of free space available. (You might want to allow from 6GB or more of free space if you will install additional software in the Linux partition.)
  4. Important: Do not change or delete the IBM_SERVICE partition or you will not be able to recover your preinstalled software.

  5. Click Apply.
4.0 Installing Red Hat Linux Version 8.0
  1. Insert the Red Hat Linux version 8.0 CD 1 into the drive.
  2. Press and hold F12, then start the computer.
  3. When the Boot Device List appears, select CD-ROM Drive and press Enter to continue.
  4. When the boot: prompt appears, press Enter.
  5. When the Welcome to Red Hat Linux window appears, click Next.
  6. If you downloaded and recorded your own CD, you will be prompted to test the CD media. To test the media, press Enter; to skip the test, press Tab, then Enter.
  7. At the Language Selection window, select English and press Enter.
  8. At the Keyboard Configuration window, select US English and click Next.
  9. At the Mouse Configuration window, select 3 Button Mouse (PS/2) and check the Emulate 3 buttons option at the bottom of the window (see the Additional Configuration section for how to get the third button to work under X). Click Next.
  10. At the Installation Type window, select Custom and click Next.
  11. At the Disk Partitioning window, select Manually partition with Disk Druid and click Next.
  12. At the Disk Setup window, you must create the following three partitions:
    Note: To leave the preinstalled software on the system, you must resize the IBM_PRELOAD (/dev/hda1) partition before continuing. (See 3.0 Preparation above.) Otherwise, you need to delete this partition. This will erase all the data on that partition.
    • Create a root partition with Mount Point /, File system Type ext3, and at least 3GB in size. (You might want to set this to 6GB or more if you plan to install additional software in this partition.)
    • Create a boot partition with Mount Point /boot, File system Type ext3, and a size of 75MB.
    • Create a swap partition of at least 256MB, or twice the size of system memory, but less than 2GB. The mount point information for the swap partition is left blank, and File system Type swap must be selected.
  13. At the Boot Loader Configuration window, verify that GRUB has been selected as the boot loader and Red Hat Linux has been selected as the default operating system to boot. You may also create a GRUB password if you wish. Click Next.
  14. At the Network Configuration window, configure any network adapters and click Next. Refer to the online help for details.
  15. At Firewall Configuration window, configure the security settings and click Next. Refer to the online help for details.
  16. At Language Selection window, choose appropriate languages to install and click Next.
  17. At the Time Zone Selection window, highlight the correct time zone and click Next.
  18. At the Account Configuration window, type and confirm your root password and add any additional accounts. When finished, click Next.
  19. At the Authentication Configuration window, click Next. For more information about types of passwords, refer to the Red Hat Linux Installation Guide.
  20. At the Package Group Selection window, under Development, select Kernel Development and any other desired packages. You will need Development Tools if you plan on setting up Bluetooth support. Click Next.
  21. At the About to Install window, click Next.
  22. At the Boot Disk window, select No and click Next. To create a boot disk, you can reboot the system after installation with the Ultrabay diskette drive in the Ultrabay slot, and run mkbootdisk as root. Or, instead of making a boot diskette, when you have problems you may boot off of CD 1 and choose rescue mode.
  23. At the Graphical Interface (X)Configuration window, verify the probed video adapter and the appropriate amount of video card RAM. It should show ATI Radeon Mobility, and at least 16MB of video RAM. Click Next.
  24. At the Monitor Configuration window, click the arrow next to Generic to expand it, and then select the appropriate Generic Laptop Display Panel. Your laptop will either be 1024x768 or 1400x1050, depending on your model. If you don't know, you can select 1024x768. Click Next.
  25. At the Customize Graphics Configuration window, select the appropriate items and click Next.
  26. At the Congratulations window, click Exit. Remove any CD-ROMs or diskettes.
  27. Reboot to the Welcome window, click Forward.
  28. At the Date and Time Configuration window, select the appropriate items and click Forward.
  29. At the Sound Card Configuration window, verify that Intel corporation 82801CA/CAM AC'97 audio is showing. Click Forward.
  30. From the Red Hat Update Agent window, you may choose to register with Red Hat Network to download updates for your system. If you do not, you will need to get the updates from the Red Hat ftp server. Installing updates is recommended.
  31. From the Install Additional Software window, you may choose to install documentation or additional software. Click Forward.
  32. At Finished Setup, click Forward.
  33. Log in as root and update your system, using either Red Hat Network or selecting updates manually from the ftp server.
5.0 Additional configuration
  1. Bluetooth. If your system is equipped with Bluetooth and you want to use it, get the latest Bluetooth stack from . (See the help on that Web site for instructions.)
  2. Modem drivers are under development, and should be available some time after April 2003. Check the support Web site for updates.
  3. Wireless driver. Red Hat Linux sets up the wireless card using the orinoco_pci module. Some people prefer the driver at:


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