Well, as the forum said, I'm a complete n00b.
I'm 90% positive I'm doing something wrong here. I'm trying to install Linux on my computer. The boot disk I burned from ISO seems to be working beautifully. I have copied the entire x86_64 directory from the following FTP address:
site removed due to posting restrictions
This folder contains a ton of rpm files, which appear to be similar to Windows .cab files? Sorry, I'm Linux stupid, but pretty fluent with Windows stuff.
Anyway, I can't seem to figure out how to point Linux to the install files on either my C: drive or the ftp site above.
On the boot cd, if I try the normal install with the command line of:
linux install=ftp://mirror.mcs.anl.gov/pub/suse/x86_64/9.1/suse/x86_64 it tells me that the kernel file initrd=initrd cannot be found.
If I try:
linux install=c:\amd64 (where I placed the files I ftp'd) I get the same errors.
Manual installation is a series of headaches for me. I'm using integrated network controllers, and if I try to install driver packages for them, it wants a configuration? I don't know what to put there, so I left it blank. The package installs successfully, but I still don't have network connectivity through either port (I have an integrated Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet and a nForce3 nVidia 10/100 network port). When I try to point it to my local hard drive, it asks for the location. Typing anything DOS related (C:\, \\ or the like) causes it to say it can't mount the volume (duh, it's Linux *grin*). Just typing the folder name results in a file not found error. This happens whether I add the driver for NTFS (read only) support or not. So I don't know what to do. Maybe I copied down the wrong files or are missing more files? Please help.
OS: Windows XP Professional
Processor: AMD 64 FX-53
Memory: 1GB Corsair
Motherboard: Asus SK8N E Deluxe
Video Card: ATI x800
Sound Card: Audigy 2 Gamer
Primary Hard Drive: WD 10k rpm 36GB SATA Raptor (15GB Windows Partition, rest is unpartitioned space that I'm hoping to install Linux onto)
Secondary Hard Drive: 2x WD 10k rpm 72GB SATA Raptors (RAID 0 not seen by Linux at this time, even after attempting to install Silicon Image RAID drivers off the boot cd (which also asks for configuration and I don't know what to put here))
Thanks for your time.