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    Default Just getting started...

    Hello, I'm just getting started with openSUSE. I'm about as green as they come. My wife's hard drive died and rather than shell out $200 for another copy of windows, I'm wanting to migrate to Linux. I've been wanting to do it for a while now but I haven't really had the motivation until now.

    Having said that, I got as far as downloading the .iso file. The part I'm stuck with is checking the MD5sum. How necessary is it really to do that? I downloaded MD5DEEP and ran it but all it does is open a dos command window but never prompts me. Any assistance that can be given to me on this would be most appreciated. I'm really excited to get into openSUSE and learn the technical side of it as well as enjoying a new non-windows interface.

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    Default Re: Just getting started...

    Burn it to a disc
    It's easier maybe for you to just boot the cd or dvd and do this

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/11....mediacheck.jpg
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    Default Re: Just getting started...

    Just to clarify:

    I don't think I ever had a .iso corrupt, it's the burning where it all goes down the toilet. Burn it Slow!
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    Default Re: Just getting started...

    Is there any other way to do it besides burning to a CD or DVD?

    Also, does the installation allow me to reformat the hard drive? The one I'm going to be using has an old copy of windows vista on it that I'd rather just delete.

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    Default Re: Just getting started...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazate View Post
    Is there any other way to do it besides burning to a CD or DVD?

    Also, does the installation allow me to reformat the hard drive? The one I'm going to be using has an old copy of windows vista on it that I'd rather just delete.
    You can make a live USB, but most people find it difficult. SDB:Live USB stick - openSUSE
    Yes, the installer can format the HD no problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Yes, the installer can format the HD no problem
    You need to go into expert mode because, if there is enough room, the default is to leave Windows or just shrink the partition.

    Also set the hardware clock to UTC if you have no Windows and enable the MBR and boot options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    You need to go into expert mode because, if there is enough room, the default is to leave Windows or just shrink the partition.

    Also set the hardware clock to UTC if you have no Windows and enable the MBR and boot options.
    You can select the whole HD to be used at this point:

    Follow this screen
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/11....partitions.jpg

    Choose the first option at this screen
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/11..../10.Custom.jpg
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    Default Re: Just getting started...

    On 2011-04-10 18:36, Mazate wrote:
    > Having said that, I got as far as downloading the .iso file. The part
    > I'm stuck with is checking the MD5sum. How necessary is it really to do
    > that? I downloaded MD5DEEP and ran it but all it does is open a dos
    > command window but never prompts me.


    Get used to that, Linux does that a lot >:-)

    I'm sure the program comes with help, probably by giving the "/?" option.
    Or with a readme file.

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    Default Re: Just getting started...

    Thanks for all the responses. The issue I'm having now is that the computer isnt booting the .iso file... is there anything else I need to put on the CD other than the .iso file?

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    Default Re: Just getting started...

    You don't copy the file to the CD you must burn as an ISO. Most burning software as that option.

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