With the DrakX installation program, it doesn't matter whether you're a newbie or a Linux guru. The job of DrakX is to provide you with a smooth installation and an easy transition to Mandriva Linux's latest version. DrakX also detects existing Windows® and Linux installs and adds boot menu entries for them, so you can start either operating system.
Make sure that all your hardware is connected to your computer and powered on during the installation. Printers, modems, scanners and joysticks are just a few examples of peripherals which DrakX can automatically detect and configure as Mandriva Linux is being installed.
Procedure 1.1. Begin Installation
Place your installation CD or DVD into the reader and reboot your machine. The installer will start automatically.
Press any keyboard key (except Enter) when you see Mandriva's welcome screen appear (shown in Figure 1.1, “First Installation Welcome Screen”). A list of possible actions is offered, and if you do nothing, the selected action is carried out when the timer expires.
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If the default procedure does not work for you, read Section 1.1.2, “Startup Options”.
When the installer starts, you see a nice graphical interface (see Figure 1.2, “Choosing the Default Language”). On the left are the various installation steps, the current one is marked by a highlighted bullet. The installation occurs in two phases: installation, then configuration.
Steps and Substeps. Each step may present various screens. You can surf between those screens with the expert users. But there's no harm in looking at them!and buttons. Additionally an button may be available to show more advanced configuration options. Note that most of the latter should only be used by
If something goes wrong during the first installation attempt, boot from the installation medium again, and depending on your problem, try one of the Fx options at the bottom of the screen. Select an option and press F1 to get more information about what that specific option does.