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Old 12-21-2005, 12:57 PM   #16
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I would assume you can get a usable system out of cd disk one, then go to easy urpmi and set up your sources to get access to all else and more that is on cd 2 and 3. Based on the fact that you could do that a couple years back, have not tried it recently. I usually only burn a copy of boot.iso and do a network install same day each new version gets released, and if I want a copy will grab the dvd iso when Mandriva posts it for the public.

Can't hurt to try, worst that can happen is you end up having set up your partitioning using cd one and won't get the full system installed till you get the others burned. Think it is do able though. Maybe someone that has tried this recently will let you know. The other option is doing a network intall, takes a couple hours, if you are so inclined, do a search on network install on this Mandriva forum, no time to explain that as I am off to work.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 01:57 PM   #17
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If you only have one burnable cd, the easiest installation method would be a network installation. If you can download the files to another machine, this is the quickest way to install it, otherwise you will need to point the installation to a mirror site and wait for it to download each package to be installed. Lakota is right in that you can do a limited functional installation from 1 CD, I just have not tried it, and am not sure how to limit the installation file selection (it may be self limiting, I just haven't tried it).

Once it is installed, you can set up your urpmi sources by following the simple steps at http://easyurpmi.zarb.org, and installing the rest of what you need from there.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 02:09 PM   #18
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You *can* do a one-CD install. It *is* self-limiting. (The installation asks if you have the other disks - just answer "No". )

I installed Mdk10.1 that way originally. One CD, then went to EasyUrpmi and set up my repositories, and grabbed everything else via urpmi.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 02:34 PM   #19
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Ok, I managed to find two more disc's, and download the .iso images. Now, once I install Mandriva, when I boot up my PC, how will my computer know what operating system to boot? If there something I can put on my USB drive, or on a CD or something? My Floppy Drive isn't working correctly, but I'm sure I can crack open my machine and fix it. USB would be nice, CD good, Floppy, only if required...
 
Old 12-21-2005, 03:10 PM   #20
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Your system will try to boot off of what ever boot devices are defined in your bios. If your bios goes to boot from the harddrive, it will detect the boot loader (either lilo, or grub - you'll be asked during the installation process), and the boot loader will have a list of OS's available (if you are creating a multi-OS system).
 
Old 12-21-2005, 03:15 PM   #21
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I use lilo. When I boot my system, it displays a list of all the possible OS choices I have, with the default highlighted, and a timer (7 seconds, IIRC) counting down. If I don't touch anything, when the timer runs out, it will boot the default system (Mandriva 2006, in my case). If I move the highlight (using the arrow keys) the timer disappears, and nothing will be booted until I choose a system and hit enter.

On the other hand, I haven't booted my system <checks uptime> for over 28 days, now.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 03:21 PM   #22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lakota
Weartheborg:
I apollogize for the flame. I am sure you were just trying to be helpful. That simply goes against the Mandriva business model, and survival of distros is based on making money to some degree. Since they do offer a free version I believe it is only fair to promote downloading that one for free. That said, I try not to get into flame wars or debates on this forum, so I ask you to rethink your idea of what is fair game in the Linux world. I would like to think software piracy is a windows phenomenon since there are no free alternatives. That said, don't let my rant ruin your day, just give it a little thought.
I am pretty certain getting powerpack through the sources I indicated is NOT piracy. If you google mandriva powerpack 2006 you'll see US vendors selling powerpack for ~11$.
I have also seen ebay listings, with a note from ebay staff indicating selling powerpack does not constitute piracy.
I think Mandriva does not prevent anyone from selling/distributing powerpack in their liscence.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 03:37 PM   #23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wearetheborg
...It can be obtained for free using bittorent...
I'm just typing this so that I can actually post it...

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Old 12-21-2005, 04:37 PM   #24
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When installing the boot loader, select "first sector of the drive" to install to my hard drive instead of a floppy?

Also, is there any other things I need to know before i install Mandriva? I have my Windows XP Setup disc if anyhting goes wrong.

Last edited by tauhshi; 12-21-2005 at 06:41 PM.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 06:38 PM   #25
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one more thing to add, How do I partion my drive? Like into how many parts and what to call them and what to format them as...



(P.S. I have a 30GB HDD, which currently 28.6GB is occupied by Windows with 12.1GB free [which shall be dramitacly increased once I get rid of all these Linux .iso files])

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Old 12-21-2005, 07:00 PM   #26
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Mandriva has a built in partitioner. In the install you can either select 'Automatically Repartition' and it will resize your windows partition and make room for itself. Or you can select to manually partition and it gives you a nice GUI where you can resize your Win partition and create ones for Linux.

The resizing of Windows partitions is safe, however make sure you've backed up anything important because with any repartitioning there's always the danger that it could break stuff.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 07:23 PM   #27
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Ok! Now, I'm off to install Mandriva!
 
Old 12-21-2005, 07:24 PM   #28
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I think you are also supposed to defragment the HDD in windows before repartioning ?
 
Old 12-21-2005, 07:45 PM   #29
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Well thanks! Lucky because I was just about to start...
 
  


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