14 May '04 - + 3 - 4 SUSE 9.1 installation

I finally have SUSE 9.1 installed. I got a copy of the DVD from a friend. Somewhere next week I will get by Upgrade box All in all most of it runs smoothly, as far as I can see. I even have the impression it is running better then 9.0. In this evaluation there will be screen shots. Just click on them and you will get a pop up.

Installation was pretty painless. I just changed the bios to let the PC boot from DVD. The screen that comes up lets you make different choices. Boot from hard disk, installation in several different ways and a memory test.

With the [F3] key one can also choose to select where the instillation has to be done from. Among the choices are DVD, FTP, NFS and hard disk. The first I yast-screen-shotsneed to do is to enable the possibilaty to make screen shots, so you can all see them on this site. I went to terminal mode with [CTRL][ALT][F2]. I then made a directory named 'yast-screen-shots' in '/root'. I then mounted the floppy there with 'mount /dev/fd0 /root/yast-screen-shots'. Halfway the instalation there is a reboot. Rememeber to get a second floppy and do the above again.

More info on this can be found on this page.

The rest of the evaluation can be found below. Enjoy.

The first screen you get when you just choose instalation is the place where you choose your language. I choose English even if I am not native English speaking. The reason is that way I will have the same language all over and not have one or more languages for different programs.

I then choose to do a New installation.

The installation settings are pretty straight forward. The only thing most people might want to change is the timezone they are in. I wanted to change some settings so I did. Not a real reason, I could have done it with the default.

The things I wanted to change were first the partitions, so I clicked on Partitions and choose Custom partitioning. Even SUSE tells me I am an expert. :-)

I mounted and divided the system just as I liked it to be.

The next thing I needed to change was the time zone. Also easy enough.

I also installed some extra programs that I wanted to have directly. The rest I will do when the system is up and running

So here the installation realy starts to get on with it

Yep, we are on our way. As it takes a long time, it almost looks that there is no progress, so I choose to look at the details, before I went of and do something else. Would be nice to have a game there. I think either Debian or Slackware had or have such a feature. Would be nice to play lbreakout or such during the installation.

After this there is a reboot.

The first thing that is asked is the root password. Choose a good one. This site gives a good explanation how a password should look like.

The next thing is the network connection. That is  something you must configure. The network naturally depends on your personal settings. I have ADSL, so I configured that. I also changed the host name.

The ADSL connection I changed needed some tweaking. I want the idle-timeout not active, so I put that on 0. Next I put in the login and password and that was about it.

One can also test the connection. That way you know if you did something wrong. I had to retype my password.

The next step is to do an update. If you have a fast Internet connection, do  that, as it will look after the security updates. Depending what you installed, that can be a lot.

It is pretty straight forward. It could be that the server is occupied, so you might need to choose another server.

Choose the packages at the bottom if you want. If you have an NVIDIA video card, choose that package as well.

Adding a user is what follows next. When adding a user, make sure you check the receiving of mail and un-check the auto login.

Read the release notes. It contains information you will need later on.

Almost there. I needed to change the settings for the graphics card, as I have two screens and the second screen is not recognized. Also I needed to configure my printer.

That was it. After that I logged in and had it up and running. More about the running of the system tomorrow.

three comments, already:

People, please be careful with the partitioning tool during the install. It left me with a non-bootable Win2K partition that would not even respond to FIXMBR or FIXBOOT with the emergency repair disk under the Win2K recovery console. I was able to move all my data from Win2K to another drive using the installed Suse and then fix the disk with the IBM Drive Fitness utility. I then tried different install scenarios that ended in failure any time the Suse install changed the partition table. The only thing that worked for me was to set up the hard drive with Partition Magic and allow it to create all the partitions, NTFS and EXT3 and swap. Then I installed Win2K first to the front of the drive, hid the partition using PM, installed Suse, activated the Win2K partition, and then reconfigured GRUB to include Win2K in the menu. What a pain, and this was on a machine that had previously had no issues with dual booting Win2K and any of the following experiments Suse 8.2, Suse 9.0, Knoppix, Mepis, and Debian Woody.

ouz - 19 May '04 - 04:47

Valid point. It goes without saying that you always should make a backuip of any and if possible all data on a PC if you are installing a new OD to it. Wether this is an upgrade, dualboot or whatever is not importand. The main issue is backup.

houghi () (link) - 19 May '04 - 09:37

Why do I continue to see people reporting problems with boot loader?
The best option is to install boot loader on the installed root partition (ie hda3 or whatever)
Then edit c:boot.ini add line c:suse.mdk=”Suse 9.1”
In Linux terminal (You can use install disk rescue image) do
dd if=/dev/hda3 bs-512 count=1 of=./suse.mdk then copy suse.mdk to c:


John - 14 September '04 - 04:59

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