In order to be able to boot your Red Hat Linux system, you usually need to install LILO (the LInux LOader). You may install LILO in one of two places:
A dialog box will appear that will let you select the type of LILO installation you desire (see Figure 45). Select the location you wish to install LILO and press OK. If you do not wish to install LILO, press Skip.
Please Note: If you choose Skip, you will not be able to boot your Red Hat Linux system directly, and will need to use another boot method (such as a boot diskette). Use this option only if you know you have another way of booting your Red Hat Linux system!
Next, the installation program will ask if you wish to add default options to the LILO boot command (see Figure 46). Any options you enter will be passed to the Linux kernel every time it boots. When you reviewed your computer's BIOS settings in Section 2.3.1, if you found your computer accesses a hard drive in LBA mode, check Use linear mode. Select OK and press [Space] when finished.
Finally, the installation program will display a screen similar to the one in Figure 47. Every partition that may be bootable is listed, including partitions used by other operating systems. The ``Boot label'' column will be filled in with the word linux on the partition holding your Red Hat Linux system's root filesystem. Other partitions may also have boot labels. If you would like to add boot labels for other partitions (or change an existing boot label), use the arrow keys to highlight the desired partition. Then use the [Tab] key to select the Edit button, and press [Space]. You'll then see a small dialog box permitting you to enter/modify the partition's boot label. Press Ok when done.
There is also a column labeled ``Default''. Only one partition will contain an asterisk under that column. The partition marked as the default will be the partition LILO will boot if there is no user input during the boot process. Initially the root partition for your Red Hat Linux installation will be selected as the default. If you'd like to change this, use the arrow keys to highlight the partition you'd like to make the default, and press [F2]. The asterisk should move to the selected partition. When you've finished, select Ok, and press [Space].
If you do not wish to use LILO to boot your Red Hat Linux system, there are a few alternatives: