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INSTALLING MANDRIVA 2007
( General instructions )



Please first read the erratum: http://qa.mandriva.com//twiki/bin/view/Main/MandrivaLinux2007Errata




- Preparation

If this is your first Linux install, check out Basic Rules for Install

If you are replacing a previous Mandrake Install back up:
- Your browser plugins located in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
- The ~/.evolution directory ( When I restore it, I chown (change ownership) it back to "chown -R bruno:bruno evolution" )
- The ~/.galeon/bookmarks.xml ( or other bookmarks )
- Personal things in your /home directory
- Your /etc/lilo.conf ( if you are booting mutiple distros )
- Your /etc/hosts, /etc/aliases, /etc/sensors.conf, /etc/rc.d/rc.local, ~/.bashrc, ~/.exrc if you made any modification to these files.
- Your /usr/local/bin if it holds any of your custom scripts.


- Set your BIOS to boot from CD and disable PNP aware OS.

- Put the first CD in the CD-ROM drive and boot your computer.




- Install

1st screen: The welcome screen

Select "Installation" with your arrow keys and Press Enter

Before the GUI comes back, the installer is loading into memory and devices are being configured.


2nd screen: Language selection

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The default is US English, Press Next



3rd screen: License agreement

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Select "accept" and Press Next



4th screen: Is this an install or an upgrade ?

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Tick the box of "install" and Press Next Advice: NEVER use Upgrade !!!



5th screen: Security level

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ATTENTION: By default the security level is set to "high", change this to "Standard"
Fill in "root" or your email address and Press Next



6th screen: The DrakX Partitioning wizard found etc. etc.

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- If you have your partitions already made: tick the box "use existing partitions" and Press Next
- If you still have to make partitions, or want to change the size of the existing ones: tick the box "Custom Disk Partitioning" and Press Next You will be taken to the very intuitive and easy partitioning tool. Make a 6G partition for / and a 2G for /home.



7th screen: Choose file Mount points

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Chose the partitions where you want / and /home and Press Next
( Everybody using partitions for /tmp and /usr too . . you know what to do )



8th screen: Choose the partitions you want to format

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. . Leave the /home box unchecked if you want to keep your mail addresses and personal settings Press Next



9th screen: Installation media

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Here you are asked to check the installation media ( CDs, DVD ) only check those you have and Press Next



10th screen: Packages

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Do like in the screen shot: tick all the boxes on the left, KDE and Gnome on the right and Press Next
NOTE: Including Gnome will also give you all the gnome programs you can also use in KDE . . so even if you intend to never use Gnome it is better to install it anyway.



Now the install really starts. It takes about 16 minutes and you have to change CDs a few times



11th screen: Root password

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Fill in your root password twice and Press Next



12th screen: Adding a user

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Fill in name twice and password twice and Press Accept user



13th screen: Adding a user ( again )

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Here you can add another user, or leave it empty and Press Next



14th screen: Auto login

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De-select the box, you do not want this, and Press Next
NOTE: It is safer to not use this feature, and it makes sure that you can choose at boot what window manager to start. Also if you ever get a corrupted /home directory the non-autologin makes fixing a lot easier.



15th screen: Boot loader

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Select "First sector of drive ( MBR )" and Press Next
NOTE: It will automatically include your Windows partition for dual boot



16th screen: Summary

This is very important . . check all the settings by clicking on the Configure button, look at the difference I have in the two screenshots:

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Before configuring

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After configuring

NOTE: While configuring the Graphic interface you can be pesented this sreeen:

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If you don't have a recent model Graphics card it is safer to uncheck "Enable translucency" and "Use hardware accelerated mouse pointer"
( You could experiment with these settings any time after the install by running XFdrake )



17th screen: Updates

NOTE: This feature rarely works, you will have to do the updates in the MCC after the first reboot.
So . . . say NO and Press Next



18th screen: Complete
. . remove your CD and Press Reboot




- After the install:

After the reboot you absolutely have to install: "anacron", and get the Updates ( see and subscribe to This thread )
Additionally you can add: xmms, xmms-alsa, aumix, galeon, gkrellm, kedit, mplayer, xine etc. etc.





NOTES: Here are a few quick bug-fixes.

1). Fix LinDVD error:

CODE
# cp /usr/share/lindvd/libivimandriva.so /usr/lib/
# ldconfig

2). KDE menu, errormessage when choosing "System" --> "Configuration" --> "Packaging" --> "Install, Remove and Update Software"

The fix: Start up the menueditor and change the command in the relevant menu entry from "/usr/bin/drakconf --start-with=install-software" to "rpmdrake --root"

3). Updatedb error

The fix: Install mlocate ( will replace slocate )

4). Problems with k3b when trying to burn a dvd iso. It is a conflict with available memory and growisofs v6.0

The fix: Give the command "# ulimit -l unlimited" as root prior to starting k3b (as root) to burn dvd's.




Also read the release notes: Here


Have FUN !



Bruno


-- Dec 28 2006 --


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