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I have a sony FX150K laptop and I have installed Red Hat Linux 7.1 successfully. I had windows 2000 installed and now successfully have dual boot installed in my laptop.

My Partition looks like

Name                             Size                                Type
/dev/hda1 (C:)               3 GB                              FAT32
/                                     2 GB                              ext2
/swap                            200 MB                          swap
(D:)                                5GB                               FAT32

I had 2 partitions initially and then I created 2 more partitions and moved D: down and installed Linux partitions in between the 2 windows partition. Redhat Linux 7.1 has to be installed within 0...1023 cylinder or else it wont boot! I had Redhat Linux 7.0 installed earlier and had no problem when it was installed after 1023 cylinder. New Lilo is kinda different.

I choose Custom Setup and then chose unprobed monitor and choose setting of 24 bit color and also 1024x768 display setting. One important note when installing Linux. Please do not choose to install linux in MBR. Please select lilo to install in the first sector of the partition. Also de-select "Linear mode". That's pretty much it. Select the packages. I am a vivid fan of KDE and didnt install GNOME. Please select Laptop installation. You can view the packages thats going to be installed and select/deselect them. Installation will start and you can go for a short break!

Please create boot disk. We need it to create a dual partition. After rebooting, goto windows and see this article...

This will help you to setup dual boot into Linux. After booting into Linux, please see if you can listen to audio. I have
intel_810 audio card and it worked fine. (For redhat linux 7.0, i had to install alsa-project driver to make it work). I have a conexant driver for my modem. I could make it connect to Internet. Please see..

This will help you out. My laptop was a HSF type and it is of type Intel PCI ID 8086:2446 and it was connected to com1 port. Install this driver and try connecting to internet using kppp. It should work fine.

  I could connect to Internet, make audio work and make display work. All  works fine for me. For any questions, kindly contact me at

Update for Redhat 9

I successfully installed Redhat 8.0 and also redhat 9 on my laptop. Redhat 8.0 was a clean install but I ran into few problems with redhat 9. Redhat 9 does not detect the monitor very well. It detected that my monitor had a max resolution of 800x600. 8.0 detected 1024x768 and that worked well. Also, the installation of redhat 9 is kinda freaky. I could only install it by typing  "linux text" at the boot prompt. Everything goes fine and the installation is successful but X server detects only 800x600. This had me stumped for a while but I got around this. I installed redhat 8.0 first and copied /etc/X11/XF86Config file onto a disk. I installed redhat 9 successfully and then I copied the XF86Config file from the disk (8.0 version) and then restarted X server and viola, it worked! It picked up 1024x768 resolution. This is the only way I could make it work. The kernel for this is 2.4.20-8 and you can download the HSF modem driver from the above mentioned website. Dual boot  worked fine for redhat 9 and kde is pretty cool! I ran into few problems with j2ee1.3.1 not being supported in redhat liunux 9 kernel. So, had to install older version of kernel and then install DB2, WebSphere 4.0 and IBM HTTP Server. Install j2ee1.4.1 also and make java_home point to the new j2ee in .bashrc. Then, I was able to run in Redhat Linux 9. Weird, but it worked fine! Linux rocks!

XF86Config Files
Redhat 8 XFConfig
Redhat 9 XFConfig

Useful Link Click here

I am in the process of installing Redhat linux 8.0 and 9 in Sony PCG-GRV550 Laptop. Have already setup dual boot but having problems with modem configuration.