My first attempts to install RHEL 6.3 onto the W530 resulted in the graphics failing to load by the installer. This resulted in the screen displaying a strobing set of psychedelic colours. A few Red Hat Knowledge-base articles which might be relevant:
I don’t recall exactly what settings I initially tried in the BIOS for display type which offers the following options:
- “Integrated” – uses built-in Intel Integrated Graphics Controller”
- “Discrete” – uses nVidia Graphics
- “nVidia Optimus” – uses the built-in Intel Integrated Graphics Controller but allows the OS to use nVidia when needed (supported only with Windows 7 and Window 8)
Anyhow, I attempted to install with the following options on the kernel command line:
From what I can tell, that should have allowed the installer’s X Server to start successfully, but it did not. However, the installer helpfully told me that I could use a VNC client to perform the Red Hat install.
I told the installer to select /boot/efi as the EFI install partition, the one shared with Windows 8 and Fedora.
After the install, I was given the option to start Windows 8 or Red Hat Linux. The Fedora choice was no longer listed. Fortunately, there was a backup /boot/efi/EFI/redhat/grub.conf.rpmsave which contained the Fedora/Windows 8 option. It’s now just a case of merging the Red Hat and Fedora 8 grub files.
Here’s the result:
boot=/dev/sda2 device (hd0,5) HD(2,96800,32000,ad8e8d71-db62-4c7a-8603-5bc6ce875d52) default=0 timeout=7 splashimage=(hd0,5)/grub/splash.xpm.gz hiddenmenu title Fedora (3.6.11-1.fc17.x86_64) root (hd0,5) kernel /vmlinuz-3.6.11-1.fc17.x86_64 rd.md=0 rd.lvm=0 rd.dm=0 KEYTABLE=us SYSFONT=True rd.luks=0 root=UUID=a6f32b89-45ac-410f-8a1e-562b441304e3 ro LANG=en_US.UTF-8 rhgb quiet initrd /initramfs-3.6.11-1.fc17.x86_64.img title Windows 8 set root=(hd0,gpt1) chainloader /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi title Red Hat Enterprise Linux (2.6.32-279.el6.x86_64) root (hd0,8) kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.32-279.el6.x86_64 ro root=UUID=fe96af7b-07bd-451e-b4de-4eec673f4cca nomodeset rd_NO_LUKS KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us LANG=en_US.UTF-8 rd_NO_MD SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 crashkernel=auto rd_NO_LVM rd_NO_DM rhgb quiet xdriver=vesa initrd /initramfs-2.6.32-279.el6.x86_64.img title Windows 8 rootnoverify (hd0,3) chainloader +1 title Fedora rootnoverify (hd0,6) chainloader +1