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HP xw4400 Workstation - Installing the operating system and software

The following sections discuss operating system and HP software installation procedures.

Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Vista Business

If operating system reinstallation is necessary, Microsoft® Windows XP™ Professional and Vista™ Business can be installed from the appropriate operating system installation disks. Insert the first disk and follow the prompts to complete the installation process.

Language selection

At the first boot of the factory preinstalled operating system, you might be prompted to select a language for the operating system. After selecting the language, read and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation of the operating system. This process might take quite a while, depending on the system hardware configuration and the language choice. During the process, do not power off your workstation unless you are directed to do so.

Creating recovery disks

When a new operating system is installed, you are prompted to create recovery disks. Refer to Restoring the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system or Restoring the Microsoft Windows XP operating system for details on the HP Backup and Recovery process.

Installing or upgrading device drivers

To install hardware devices after the operating system installation is completed, the appropriate device drivers must be available. In addition, for optimum performance, your operating system must have the most recent updates, patches, and software fixes. Access the following resources for driver and software updates:

  • Visit the Microsoft site to obtain updates for your operating system, including current patches and software fixes.

  • Device drivers are provided on a CD supplied with the peripheral device.

  • Some peripheral device drivers developed for Windows XP or Vista might not be shipped with your workstation. To locate the current device drivers, see http://www.hp.com/go/workstationsupport .

  • For documentation on installing drivers and workstation operation, visit http://www.hp.com/support/workstation_manuals/ .

Linux-preinstalled workstations

If you have a Linux-preinstalled workstation, follow the instructions in this section to set up your operating system and software.

After the boot process completes, you can view additional HP Linux documentation by opening your Internet browser (the browser is automatically set to use the local HP documentation page as its default). You can also access Linux Web links for Red Hat (Internet access required) by using your Internet browser.

For additional information about setting up Linux-preinstalled or Linux-enabled workstations, refer to the HP User Manual for Linux at http://www.hp.com/support/linux_user_manual .

For more information about HP and Linux, see http://www.hp.com/linux .

Starting up the Linux operating system

The first time your workstation is booted, the Red Hat First Boot utility displays. This program enables you to enter your password, network, graphics, time, and keyboard settings for your workstation.

After the automatic installation has begun, do not power down your workstation until the process is complete. Powering down your workstation during the installation process might damage the software that runs your workstation or prevent its proper installation.

When you enable the YPBind feature in the Network tab of the Linux Setup Tool, you might get a blank screen for about 15–30 seconds after you have selected and saved all of your settings and exited the utility. This behavior is normal. The boot process continues its execution after the screen returns.

Restoring the Linux operating system

To restore the Linux operating system, the HP Driver CD and Red Hat box set are required. Download the latest HP Driver CD to get any new enhancements.

Linux does not support mixed drive types for a manufacturing preload. When restoring the operating system, mixed drive types can be handled with the restoring media.

Downloading the latest HP driver CD contents

See http://www.hp.com and select Software and Drive Downloads . Find your workstation and operating system. Select your driver CD under Software , and follow the directions under Release Notes .

Installing the operating system with the HP driver CD contents

  1. Boot your workstation from the Red Hat box set Binary CD 1.

  2. Insert the Linux operating system CDs from the Red Hat box set as prompted.

  3. Continue following the prompts until the operating system is successfully installed.

  4. Configure the X server to start on reboot.

  5. Reboot your workstation.

  6. Follow the prompts to set up your system with the Red Hat First Boot utility.

  7. When prompted in First Boot to add additional CDs, insert the HP Driver CD into the CD-ROM tray of your workstation.

  8. Click Install next to “Additional CDs.” The HP Driver CD window opens.

  9. Click Press to begin install.

    When the install is done, you will have two options— Reboot now... on the left side and Press to continue, reboot later... on the right side.

  10. Click Reboot now...

Upgrading device drivers

To upgrade a Linux device driver, see http://www.hp.com/go/workstationsupport .

Linux-enabled workstations

Linux-enabled workstations are not preinstalled with Linux. They require the HP Installer Kit for Linux and the purchase of a Red Hat box set. The Installer kit includes the HP CDs necessary to complete the installation of all versions of the Red Hat box set that have been verified to work on HP workstation hardware.

Verifying hardware compatibility

To determine which Linux versions have been verified to work on HP workstation hardware:

  1. Go to http://www.hp.com/support/linux_hardware_matrix .

  2. Select your HP workstation model.

Installing the Linux operating system

To install the Linux operating system on your Linux-enabled system, follow the instructions for Restoring the Linux operating system in this chapter.

For more information concerning the setup of Linux-preinstalled or Linux-enabled workstations, refer to the HP User Manual for Linux located at http://www.hp.com/support/linux_user_manual .

For more information about HP and Linux, see http://www.hp.com/linux .

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