Starting the Installation Program

If your computer can boot from the DVD/CD-ROM, you can start the installation directly from the CD-ROMs or the DVD-ROM. Just place the CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive, or the DVD-ROM in the DVD drive, before you start your computer. After you turn on your computer, the installation program will start up.

To boot from a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, you may first have to change the boot sequence setting in your computer's BIOS so that the computer will try to boot first from the CD-ROM. This requires some technical ability and knowledge of how to set your motherboard's BIOS configuration.

The installation program will start, presenting you with a menu listing the following options:

• Install or Upgrade an existing system

• Install or Upgrade an existing system (text mode)

• Rescue installed system

• Boot from local drive

Use the arrow keys to move from one menu entry to the next, and then press enter to select the entry. Should you need to add options, say to the Install or Upgrade entry, press the tab key. A command line is displayed where you can enter the options. Current options will already be listed. Use the backspace key to delete and arrow keys to move through the line. Press the esc key to return to the menu.

Your system then detects your hardware, providing any configuration specifications that may be needed. For example, if you have an IDE CD-RW or DVD-RW drive, it will be configured automatically. If for some reason it cannot do so, your system will ask you to select your CD-ROM from a list. If you still have difficulty, you may have to specify the CD-ROM at the boot prompt or in the option command line.

hdx=cdrom

Replace the x with one of the following letters, depending on the interface the unit is connected to, and whether it is configured as master or a slave: a (first IDE controller master), b (first IDE controller slave), c (second IDE controller master), d (second IDE controller slave).

If you cannot start the install process and you are using an LCD display, you should press tab on the Install entry and enter nofb (no frame buffer) in the options command line.

nofb

As each screen appears in the installation, default entries will be already selected, usually by the autoprobing capability of the installation program. Selected entries will appear highlighted. If these entries are correct, you can simply click Next to accept them and go on to the next screen.

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