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Caldera OpenLinux 1.3 and Earlier Installation Guidelines

Caldera OpenLinux 1.3 and Earlier Installation Guidelines

Before installing the operating system, be sure that you have already created a directory for the new virtual machine and configured it using the VMware Workstation New Virtual Machine Wizard (on Windows hosts) or Configuration Wizard (on Linux hosts).

Installation Tips

Installation Tips

At the beginning of the installation process, OpenLinux appears to detect no devices at all (no CD-ROMs, hard drives, or network cards). Do not be concerned; just continue with the installation as usual.

The virtual machine may complain about illegal opcodes. This is a known issue. You should be able to install OpenLinux as a guest operating system despite this.

The virtual machine automatically attempts to boot from the hard disk before the CD. As a result, when OpenLinux reboots your machine after partitioning and formatting the hard drive, it appears that the machine does nothing after the BIOS splash screen (that is, the screen is blank). To fix this, go into the BIOS setup during boot (click inside the VMware Workstation window, then press F2). Go to the Boot menu and press the + key to move the CD-ROM (or your bootable media) option above the hard drive option. Now save the BIOS options and reboot. The installation should now continue normally.

To enable networking during the installation, follow these steps:

  1. In the LISA setup screen, select Yes for the Automatic Network Configuration option.

  2. Answer No when you are asked if all hardware was recognized.

  3. In the Kernel Module Manager screen, select item 3 (Load Kernel Modules).

  4. Select Load driver for network card.

  5. Choose the AMD PCI PCnet32 (PCI bus NE2100), then Finish kernel module management. Continue with the installation following Caldera's instructions. When installing LILO, be sure to install LILO onto the first hard drive and not onto the primary partition. Installing onto the primary partition causes LILO to fail to come up at boot time, resulting in a black, blank screen after the BIOS splash.

You can now set up networking as usual, following the Caldera instructions. Before you attempt to install VMware Tools, you need to install the glibc library. The glibc runtime library (glibc-2.06-1.i386.rpm) is located in the
col/contrib/RPMS directory on the installation CD for OpenLinux 1.3.

VMware Tools

VMware Tools

Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details, see Installing VMware Tools.

Known Issues

Known Issues

On a Linux host with an XFree86 3.x X server, it is best not to run a screen saver in the guest operating system. Guest screen savers that demand a lot of processing power can cause the X server on the host to freeze.

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