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    Default Newbie Needs Help

    I have very little experience with Linux so I apologize if the answer to this question is a very obvious and/or simple one. I have downloaded openSUSE 11 with the KDE 4.0 GUI onto a Live CD. To my understanding, the CD is supposed to boot into the GUI automatically. From there, there is an icon used to install the OS onto a hard drive. My problem is that the CD boots into the command line only. Am I not selecting the proper boot option or is there some sort of command that I need to execute? Thanks in advance for the help.

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    Default Re: Newbie Needs Help

    A couple of questions :
    1 ) did you do an md5 checksum on the iso before burning ?
    2 ) did you burn as an image or data disk ?

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    Default Re: Newbie Needs Help

    Thanks for the quick response. I did not do an md5 checksum but I did burn it as an image.

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    Default Re: Newbie Needs Help

    best to do an md5 checksum, what o.s are you using ? windows ? debian ? gentoo ? Ubuntu ? have a look at this regarding md5 checksum NEWBIES - Suse-11.0 Pre-installation PLEASE READ - openSUSE Forums scroll down to find it

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    Yeah I read about the md5 checksum after I burned the disk... so I guess that didn't help. I'm using the infamous Windows Vista SP1.

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    Default Re: Newbie Needs Help

    Hi mgeorgetti, as a noob myself I can tell you I am about 2 for 3 downloading the images. Seems like about every 3 one is corrupt so I make sure I always check the chksum & then I check the disk when I get to the boot menu. Takes longer but I have fewer future problems.
    Thank you,
    M13

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    Default Re: Newbie Needs Help

    Is it a tool somewhere in Windows or do I have to download something to check the checksum?
    Also, is this something I would have to do when using a DVD image instead of the Live CD?

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    Default Re: Newbie Needs Help

    > I have very little experience with Linux ... I have downloaded
    > openSUSE 11 with the KDE 4.0 GUI onto a Live CD.


    KDE4 (as it exists on that Live CD) is EXPERIMENTAL software and is
    absolutely NOT ready for prime time for anyone, and certainly not those
    who are not experienced Linux 'hackers'...

    that is my opinion, you can check it by reading in these web forums all
    the problems with KDE4...

    my free advice: do NOT use that disk to install anything to your machine!!

    if you wanna try openSuSE Linux please try KDE3 (or Gnome)..

    if you wanna try a STABLE (but still very modern version) of openSuSE
    Linux i can highly recommend the 32 bit version 10.3 (even if your
    machine is 64 bit) [i'm happily running 32 bit v 10.3 with KDE3 on a 64
    bit AMD Athlon...smooth as glass, almost]

    on the other hand, you can probably find a small handful of folks who
    have been very lucky and happy with that Live CD you have downloaded..

    in any event, good luck and have fun (the ride you have climbed on to is
    great fun, a wonderful education but a little bumpy and scary, sometimes)..

    --
    DenverD (Linux Counter 282315)
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    Default Re: Newbie Needs Help

    As a noob I second what DenverD said. I started by installing the 64 bit KDE 4 version and it was more trouble than the little bit of WOW was worth. Once I installed the Suse 11 32 bit KDE 3+ version everything was much more user friendly, Java worked in Opera and I could configure the desktop to do what I wanted it to. Either way you go you will surely learn a lot if you stay with it. Good luck.
    Thank you,
    M13

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