How to Install CentOS 7 on Acer Travelmate P643-M

In this article you will learn how to install CentOS 7 into Acer Travelmate P643-M in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Download The ISO Image of CentOS 7

Due to the fact that most servers in production are 64 bit, CentOS 7 is now only based on 64 bit platforms, and currently there is no 32 bit ISO image. To get a copy of CentOS 7 download from here.

Step 2: Make A bootable Drive

After you have downloaded the ISO image, make a bootable CentOS 7 USB drive from Acer Travelmate P643-M.

Step 3: Begin Installation

To begin installation, Turn on your Acer Travelmate P643-M, press the hotkey to choose boot device (usually F12), Choose USB and Enter.

Step 4: Select Language And Keyboard

Select your preferred language as well as the Keyboard type you have. Take care not forget to choose the correct keyboard or else you will end up with a few scrambled keys.

Step 5: Change The Installation Destination

By default the Anaconda installer will choose automatic partitioning for your Acer Travelmate P643-M. Click on the Installation Destination icon to change this to custom partitioning.Click on the hard drive you want to install CentOS 7 and under the Other Storage Options, choose I will configure partitioning then click Done.

Step 6: Select The Partitioning Scheme and Create A Swap Space for Acer Travelmate P643-M

Next select the partitioning scheme to use for the mount points. In this case choose Standard Partition.You can create a swap space from one of the partitions and set the desired capacity, which is dependent on the RAM you have. Choose the File System for swap space as swap, and click on Reformat, though reformatting is optional. You can also name your swap space to whatever name you like.

Step 7: Create A Mount Point

The next step is to create a mount point where the root partition will be installed. Depending on your requirements you might need to put the boot, home and root partition on different mount points. For this case we shall have only one mount point /.

After this set the Label and Desired Capacity to whatever you wish. A rule of thumb is to use descriptive names for the Label especially if the Acer Travelmate P643-M is to be used by different system administrators.

Choose the file system as ext4 and click on reformat.

Step 8: Accept Changes

After completing Step 7 and Step 8 successfully click on Done button. A prompt window will appear from Acer Travelmate P643-M with a summary of changes that will take place. If you are satisfied with them click Accept changes.

Step 9: Set Date And Time and begin Installation

Click on the clock icon under the localization menu and select a time zone from the map of the world, then click Done.

Now after configuring the System and Localization settings you can click on the Begin Installation button.

Installation will begin immediately and as it proceeds you need to set up a User account as well as the root password.

Step 10: Set Up Root Password ,Create a User Account

Click on the root password option and enter a password and confirmation of the same then click Done.

The next step is to create a user account. Enter the correct details and if this is the administrator account, tick Make this user administrator and Require a password to use this account for security purposes.

Step 11: Complete Installation

The installer should complete installing the software and the bootloader.

Once complete you should get a success message, after which you can click quit.
Logout from Acer Travelmate P643-M  and login to your new installation.

Finally once you login to your CentOS 7 accept the EULA agreement and enjoy!


CentOS 7 has greatly improved from version 6.x and now is easier to adopt it as a Desktop OS compared to its predecessor.  CentOS 7 is a good consideration for your Acer Travelmate P643-M. Try it out now!

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