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Old 09-16-2004, 02:25 PM   #1
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Suse 9.1 person- install problem


Hi,

I have downloaded the above disk and wish to install it onto my "spare" computer (actualy an old Acer Altos 920 PII Server). Unfortunately as this is quite old it dosn't support booting from CD (I've checked BIOS settings etc, etc) can anyone tell me how to launch the install manualy ? I can't find any executable files on the CD anywhere.

I'm completely new to Linux and have no idea where to start.

Thanks,

Phill.

P.S. I also don't have much spare time so may be a bit slow responding to any replys, please don't get anoyoed if I don't reply imeadiately.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 02:37 PM   #2
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if you still have a windows pc lying arround (dont be ashamed, it happenes to us all :P )
put the linux cd in the windows drive... and open it... there should be documentation on how to 'rawrite' the boot image to a floppy disk... which will boot the install cd from the floppy drive.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 02:48 PM   #3
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well I've had a good look, but I don't think it's there, It's posible I'm being stupid but I don't think so this time.

what I can't understand is why there isn't any documentation on the disk or on the SuSE web site ? don't they want people to switch over, all I need is a set of instructions to follow.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 02:58 PM   #4
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on the newer versions there is... mandrake even boots a nice autorun screen... but suse must be a bit behind :P


OK, the steps you will need to follow:

Check in your Suse cd for a file named boot.img or boot.iso (possibally)
google for a program called 'rawrite'
install... then rawrite the boot.img to a spair floppy..


What this is doing:
if you just copy the boot file to the floppy disk the system will look at the floppy and see it as a windowns formatted disk.. until the computer has loaded windows, this data may as well be greek.
when you 'rawrite' the boot file to the disk, you remove the formatting so that the first bit of thje disk is the first bit of the boot img file...
this file will then tell the bios to load some cdrom drivers and look for other insrtructions on the cdrom *


*chris reserves the right to be compleetly wrong with that explination....
 
Old 09-16-2004, 03:10 PM   #5
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Humm, looks like this version of SuSe is gonna be different, just searched the whole disk and the only files with "boot" in them are:

bootlogo
bootsplash-3.1-37.i586.rpm
bootsplsh-theme-SuSE-Home-3.1-16.i586.rpm

I apriciate your efforts but don't think we're getting very far here.

I have found a manual from SuSE though, but this asumes that your PC will boot from CD, maybe I should get a new spare PC ?

to be honest I've not got the energy to pursue this tonight, baby kept us up late last night, think I need to set aside a larger amount of time to have a real go at this.

I've not been having much luck with Linux on the whole, tried Debian a few months back but it wouldn't pick up my SCSI hard drive.

OK thanks again for your help,

Phill.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 03:16 PM   #6
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i am also having scsi trouble....

may i sugeest a different version/distro.... if the problem is only qwith your SUSI 9.1 disk (make sure you check all the disks you got (there are usually 3 with suse... cept the last time i used suse it was in version 4 :S)

mandrake 10.0 definitally has the install images and windows bits to make it easy.
its also a great distro to start off with as a dead monkey could install it
a bit slow tho
 
  


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