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    iNORTON NNTP User

    Default Complete Newbie!!

    I got and old computer to try a linux system. I emptied the hard drirve except for the bios. I will be booting fromt he cd drive. I am currently downloading the whole 4.24 gig file. I wanted to know if i just simply durn the whole 4.2 g file to dvd and then insert the dvd and boot fromt he dvd???

    Thanx for your help...but ...please help!!!

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    Default Re: Complete Newbie!!

    Quote Originally Posted by iNORTON View Post
    I got and old computer to try a linux system. I emptied the hard drirve except for the bios. I will be booting fromt he cd drive. I am currently downloading the whole 4.24 gig file. I wanted to know if i just simply durn the whole 4.2 g file to dvd and then insert the dvd and boot fromt he dvd???

    Thanx for your help...but ...please help!!!
    Welcome to our forum!!

    Please read the stickie we put together:
    NEWBIES - Suse-11.1 Pre-installation PLEASE READ - openSUSE Forums

    Please ensure you follow the recommendation wrt doing the md5sum and comparing it to the md5sum value on the internet. Burn at a slow speed (slowest burner allows) to highest quality media you have (do not use RW, but rather +R or -R).

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    At the start of this section is a sticky - please read it,it contains valuable info NEWBIES - Suse-11.1 Pre-installation PLEASE READ - openSUSE Forums

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    goldie NNTP User

    Default Re: Complete Newbie!!

    iNORTON wrote:
    > I got and old computer to try a linux system.


    lots of people think they can install the VERY modern openSUSE system
    on an old computer which just barely can run Windows ME and are then
    very disappointed that it CRAWLS, if it will even boot ..

    here are the real needs: http://en.opensuse.org/Sysreqs

    do not waste your time trying to install on a system with less than
    500 MB ram...instead, save lots of time by downloading a lighter,
    smaller Linux..

    --
    goldie

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    do not waste your time trying to install on a system with less than 500 MB ram...instead, save lots of time by downloading a lighter,
    smaller Linux..
    Thats true. 512 MB is very important, as is a reasonable processor.

    My 83-year old mother's PC , a Dell with a 900MHz processor, and originally only 256MB of RAM, used to triboot between WinME, WinXP, and openSUSE-10.2. She much preferred winME (despite all its sins) in the most part because it was more light weight and thus faster than winXP and openSUSE-10.2 Linux. A couple of years back I was able to upgrade her PC's memory to 512MB of RAM, and that made a massive difference in both winXP and openSUSE. Later in February of this year, I updated her openSUSE to openSUSE-11.1, which works better on her Dell than 10.2.

    Her winME eventually died, and her winXP even though more lightweight than openSUSE-11.1, is constantly acting up on her. So she uses openSUSE-11.1 about 50% of the time. But without the 512MB of RAM, and without my regular support (I remotely maintain her PC a continent away over the Internet), I would not recommend openSUSE to her.

    As it is, though, she gets better support from me on openSUSE Linux than she does on WinXP (as no one else has the patience/time to help her on WinXP at the level of hand-holding/detail that she needs).

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