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    Default I'm new to this. Can someone help me install?

    I need to install openSUSE 11.2 (KDE version, although gnome may be better) to my XP computer. I have the CD and I have already backed up / defragmented my drives. I need some help partitioning the drives, as well as dual booting so that XP is first. Can someone gives me instructions to these, as well as the actual downloading process? Thanks!

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    Also, I need to mention my computer has nounalloted space.

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    Default Re: I'm new to this. Can someone help me install?

    The cd will do it all for you. Once you have installed you can make XP first to boot by going to: Yast - Bootloader
    Select XP and then Make Default

    Did you boot the live CD already and try it as a Live CD without installing?
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    Im confused about this part. What is it telling me?


    7. Installation Menu

    If you have a simple PC setup, with only a single MS-Windows partition on your drive, then likely you can leave the "Use Automatic Configuration" selected. BUT if you believe you may have to change the location of the openSUSE boot manager GRUB in your Master Boot record then you.

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    And yes, I did. I tried KDE4, which is similar to my old version. I like it, but Im still not completly sure. I can always change it later or change the color anyway.

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    Default Re: I'm new to this. Can someone help me install?

    First things first, please try booting from the CD and check it is working OK with your hardware.

    Things to check:
    • wireless
    • graphics
    • sound(although this isn't usually a problem)
    • anything else you need your computer to be capable of


    Then when you are ready to go ahead, click the install icon on the desktop.

    The installer is, in my opinion, very intuitive; however the installer doesn't change anything until you make the choices, so you can exit if you are unsure.

    If you have access to another machine you can get help as you go.
    Desktop: openSUSE 11.3 (x86) LXDE
    Laptop: Arch Linux (x86_64) GNOME 3

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    Grub is the Bootloader that will be installed. It takes control of booting your system.
    I should tell you, some people get in a mess with this and panic when it goes wrong. Don't panic.
    I have done so many installs with SUSE and it always gets it right. But if something goes wrong at install or sometime later for that matter, it CAN be fixed. Just come back to the forum and ask for help.

    The point you are asking about, is complicated. But if you leave the CD installer to do a default install it will probably NOT put Grub on the MBR (Master Boot Record) but to an extended Partition it will create during the install. Some people like Grub on the MBR, me included. But I suggest you leave it to default.
    My only real recommendation is to deslect 'Automatic Login'
    This part: http://public.bay.livefilestore.com/...to%20login.png

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    Ok, I have one last question before installing. I checked everythig over and it all works, but for some reason I think I like the GNOME version better. What's the difference?

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    Default Re: I'm new to this. Can someone help me install?

    They are just different desktop environments - both will do much the same thing. Gnome is very popular. It's more or less just visual. So go with gnome if you like it.
    Windows doesn't really have different desktops, what you see is what you get.
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    Default Re: I'm new to this. Can someone help me install?

    They're different desktop environments - as different as night and day or pretty much indistinguishable, depending on who you ask.

    In other words, it's subjective, and nobody can give you a potted analysis.

    In other words, google it to your satisfaction.

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