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Old 06-08-2005, 09:29 PM   #1
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Never tried linux before in my life...Need help...suse 9.3 pro


Okay so I am a noob, but I am trying to try linux. Having a problem though. I have downloaded suse 9.3 pro 5 cd set. I have burned them as iso's using nero. If i try to boot to the cd drive, for instilation, the computer attempts to boot the the drive multiple times but it is not successful and loads windows.

What am I doing wrong
 
Old 06-08-2005, 09:52 PM   #2
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Multiple things could be going wrong, you'll need to at least one of them to get it working. I'll put them in 'general' order of what it could be, but as you said you've 'never used Linux before', you could have easily missed a step along the way, throwing the order of these tips out the window.

o Burned CD wrong
In new(er) versions of Nero for Windows, you want to 'Burn an Image' (-not- a data CD, -not- a music CD, you need to burn a 'Disc Image or Saved Project' under 'Nero Express', or 'File->Burn Image' under older versions. It is important to burn it correctly or you'll never get in to Linux-land (unless you buy CDs, get a friends... you get the idea )

o Boot Order in BIOS
You probably need to set this. You mentioned nothing about it in your post, I'll assume you know (almost) nothing about your BIOS. First thing when you turn on your computer, you usually hear the 'beep' and some stuff displays on your screen. Look closely, you should see an option to hit a key to enter Setup/BIOS/Boot Order/Something. Usually you hit <F12> or <Del> or <F1> or <Something>, just look for it, strike it early, and strike it alot! Hold it down if you have to, now you should see a menu system that you might have never seen before. I'm not the best person to explain a BIOS to a complete newbie, but look around carefully, and get a feel for it. Its generally not -that- dangerous, but you shouldnt tinker with anything right now (remember, your learning Linux at the moment, stay focused! ). Look for something like "Boot Order" or similiar. Generally your average PC can boot from the following devices:

o Hard Drive
o CD-ROM
o Floppy
o Network Card

Some boot from other stuff now, like USB or SCSI/SATA hard drives, but thats besides the point. The point is, the 'order' of this list is important - namely, your CDROM drive MUST BE above your Hard Drive! Again, very important. Its probably not by default, but it could be. Check it to make sure. Now you want to exit and SAVE CHANGES, but be careful. I hope you didnt make any changes besides that. If you think you screwed up, exit WITHOUT SAVING, and your computer should reboot. If it doesnt, CTRL-ALT-DELETE. Now assuming that you switched the order, your Linux disc should be in the CDROM drive and you should be able to boot it.







This turned out longer than I thought it would - check those 2 things (correctly burned, BIOS boot order), that should fix 90% of noobie problems. If that didnt work, post a new question indicating you tried both of those and you still cant boot. Take a look at the Nero manual/website, make sure you're burning your CDs as Images, not Data CD's.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 09:05 AM   #3
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The above suggestions were done in the beginning! Any other Ideas?

The process above is the the common way of installing all operating systems. This was how I have attempted to install Suse 9.3 pro thus far. Any other suggestions or possible things I could be overlooking.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 09:10 AM   #4
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Does the cd boot at a another pc?
 
Old 06-09-2005, 09:36 AM   #5
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It did not,


With the new Nero 6.0.0.13 - it is possible to burn a bootable image. Is this a possibility.

Also would a list of files on disk 1 be helpful. Maybe I am missing something.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 09:40 AM   #6
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Also the files I have are in data format. Not bin and cue or iso. I am chosing to burn a iso and then selecting all the files. could this be a problem
 
Old 06-09-2005, 09:58 AM   #7
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Could you please explain what 'I have burned them as iso's using nero.' means? Especially if you don't have an ISO. What did you download?

I don't think it is possible (for a newbie) to create a bootable installation CD with Nero.

You could try to download the 9.3-x86-64-Network-Installation.iso from the official SUSE server or one of the mirror, burn it with the 'Burn Image' function of Nero, boot and select your CD set as installation source.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 10:10 AM   #8
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Did you check the download was good via md5sums? If the download was corrupt, you'll never get a good CD out of it. . .
 
Old 06-09-2005, 10:28 AM   #9
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The 5 cd files I have are .RAR, I extracted the files to a folder. The files were not in a single ISO file format. With nero I chose the option to make a ISO, and then chose all of the files, and then began the burn. 694 megs.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 10:33 AM   #10
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You need to download the iso images and burn them to the CD or search google how to create a bootable CD, just burning the files like you have done doesn't make the CD bootable
 
Old 06-09-2005, 10:37 AM   #11
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Quote:
The 5 cd files I have are .RAR
Are you sure about this? If you have WinRAR installed, Windows may open *.ISO files with WinRAR, but that doesn't mean they are *.RAR files. Check the extension! If the extension is .iso don't extract them, use 'Burn Image' in Nero and point to the file (you may need to select 'All Files' it the iso doesn't show up).
 
Old 06-09-2005, 10:55 AM   #12
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I checked and it is a .RAR file and not a ISO. Is my best bet to go to a mirror site and download the ISO there and begin the network install
 
Old 06-09-2005, 11:08 AM   #13
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Originally posted by smattmac
I checked and it is a .RAR file and not a ISO. Is my best bet to go to a mirror site and download the ISO there and begin the network install
A network install is not possible (not released yet), but the suggested iso should offer you to select a local source as well. Select 'CD/DVD' as installation source and insert your first CD when prompted. Strangely, the mini-installation.iso has been removed from the server. I hope that the network.iso has the same options...
 
  


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