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    Default Overwriting 10.1 with 11.1

    I am determined to overwrite my Suse 10.1 with 11.1. I acquired a DVD from ebay with 11.1 on it, but have absolutely no idea how to go about the overwrite. I put the DVD in the computer, rebooted, but nothing happened.
    So, what is on the DVD? Well there are a series of folders and executable files, including a BOOT folder and openSUSE11_1_LOCAL.exe and openSUSE11_1_NET.exe files.
    But what do I have to do with all of this to achieve an overwrite?
    My original 10.1 was a disk plus book package, but this time around I acquired the DVD with the download to as not to spend money I don't have.
    If anybody can give instructions, I would be very grateful. Please treat me as though I were four years old (I'm actually 51 and determined never to use anything by MS ever again) and, if giving instructions, give them step-by-step, since I made no alternations whatsoever to the original 10.1.
    Sorry to sound so stupid!

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    Default Re: Overwriting 10.1 with 11.1

    Hello Crossbone and welcome to the forum.

    determined never to use anything by MS ever again
    That's good and I am convinced that you will find many helpful people here.

    If this is an installation DVD it must be bootable. It should boot a kernel and present you with a menu where you can select a fresh install.

    As a first step reboot your computer, enter the BIOS and check that your DVD is the first item in the boot sequence. Then try to reboot from the DVD. In case it does not boot come back here.

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    Default Re: Overwriting 10.1 with 11.1

    Hi Vodoo,
    I think I have done this correctly, but please remember I use computers, but never look under the bonnet!
    I hit F2 during the boot, which I think is what was required and got to a page where there is a BOOT tab. Under this there was the following list:
    1st: Floppy Drive
    2nd: HDD: PM-Excel/Stor T
    3rd: CV/DVD: SM-TSST corp

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    Default Re: Overwriting 10.1 with 11.1

    There will probably be a function key which allows you to highlight the CD/DVD and move it to the top of the list.

    When you have done that, save and exit and it will boot from the CD.

    Incidentally, unless you have a very old machine, you have probably been wasting time waiting for it to check the floppy drive every time you switched on.

    When you are asked to restart after the installation, put the HD as number 1.

    And, if you have any personal files you want to save from 10.1, copy them to a CD/DVD or USB drive because 10.1 did not install a separate /home partition and so this will be overwritten when you install 11.1.

    11.1 will install a separate /home partition, allowing you to upgrade/re-install without touching /home.

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    Default Re: Overwriting 10.1 with 11.1

    Thanks everybody!
    Now, could you help me with another problem I have never been able to solve.
    I have a Brother MFC-640CW printer, but the system does not have this in its list nor are their appropriate drivers.
    On 10.1 the problem was the same, so I had to run the printer from a MS computer (hiss!). Could you talk me through the process of getting the printer to work with 11.1? Please assume total ignorance in how I might do this...!http://forums.opensuse.org/images/smiliesnew/sad.png

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    Default Re: Overwriting 10.1 with 11.1

    OK.Found the Brother page. It refers me to driver for the MFC210C. There are four: two are LPR drivers and two cupswrapper drivers. Which should I choose and, if I hit download, should I save them or run them? In the case of the former, where will they be stored and how can they then be added to the drivers menu?
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Overwriting 10.1 with 11.1

    You'll want the rpm packages for openSUSE, (not the deb format). Download the MFC-210C LPR driver first. Your bowser will give you options to open using (Install Software) or save file. I usually download rpm file to a suitable directory, and then use terminal commands to install (rather than right-clicking on file and choosing 'Install software' or similar).

    cd /home/joe/where/file/downloaded
    su (to become root user)
    rpm -ivh name_of_package.rpm

    Then do the same with the CUPS driver and install.

    Once the 2 packages have been installed, you should be able to configure your printer via CUPS web interface.

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    OK. Successfully downloaded both files, but both were placed automatically on my desk top, which probably isn't the best place for them!
    Could I therefore continue to strain your patience by requesting where they should be placed and how I do that. Plus, how would the command suggested above therefore be written?

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    Default Re: Overwriting 10.1 with 11.1

    The desktop location is fine. Now, you could right-click on the files and choose 'Open with Install Software' or similar ,(or use terminal method I outlined earlier).

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