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Old 11-01-2003, 09:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy have SuSe 8.1 on 7cds now what?

I've been a windows user for some time (since 3.1) and have just now decided to put linux on a computer. I have a friend that bought a new version of SuSe Linux 9.something (0 i think) and gave me his SuSe 8.1 cds (which i will add that there are 7 cds). if i'm not mistaken, he bought the cds from SuSe or something. I have no documentation about the cds or what is what on each one. does anyone have any idea what i'm talking about and if you do could you please help me figure out what i'm talking really, can someone help me out on installing this thing, i don't see anything that looks to be a setup file or something like that and wouldn't know it if i saw it in the first place. By the way, i got the cds yesterday and have been looking online for help and i seem to be just getting confused further.
Old 11-01-2003, 09:57 PM   #2
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Put the CD in the CD drive.

Reboot computer.

Read instructions.

If you computer does not boot from a CD then you need to access the BIOS by pressing delete when your PC starts and make necessary changes.
Old 11-01-2003, 10:00 PM   #3
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i've already went that route. my computer is set up to boot from cdrom but none of the cd's will boot. is there anywhere to get a bootdisk or something.
Old 11-01-2003, 10:04 PM   #4
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First of all, welcome to the linux community!

Googling and forums like this will find answers to just about all of your questions. But here is help with your question...

Are you planning on doing a dual boot?

If so, resize one of your partitions to get some free space for Suse to use. I recommending giving at least 10GB for the default install and some room to play with.

Since you are comfortable with Windows, you might want to use something like Partition Magic to resize your Windows partition. Do not create any linux partitions with Partition Magic, as Suse will do that during the install process.

If you are not doing a dual boot, do the steps below but let the partitioner use the whole hard drive.

Once that is done, boot up off of the first CD.

Suse (and most other distros) will find the free space that you created above and ask you if you want to use it. Do that and leave the partition settings at the default.

Suse will also find your Windows install. Once installed, Suse will put links to your Windows drives on the desktop. It will also set up a boot menu that will let you choose the OS at boot time. The boot menu works with Windows 9x and Windows 2000/XP.

Once you boot up off of the first CD, a graphical setup program will walk you through installing Suse. Since you are just starting out, I will leave the software selection at the default. That will give you a linux environment that is very similar to a Windows environment, thanks to KDE, Suse's default windowmanager.

Follow the instructions and it will walk you through all of the setup.

Once installed, I recommend that you do an online update through the YaST control panel. Suse makes updating very easy with this utility.

Once you have updated everything, you will need to reboot. Most updates do not require a reboot, but since the first update to Suse 8.1 will most likely have a kernel update, you will need to reboot to activate the new kernel.

After that, play around and have fun with you new OS!

Hope this helps!
Old 11-01-2003, 10:07 PM   #5
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I noticed your post about boot discs after my long post.

Boot discs are available on the Suse FTP site under:

boot.iso is a bootable cd that you can do a manual install from.

bootdisk and module* are floppy images. Use rawrite or rawritewin to create these floppies. Here is a link to those utils.

If your discs are not bootable, they may not be valid discs.

You might want to look into that.

Hope this helps!

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