STEP 3: Install
I will assume that you have obtained the SuSE cd's one way or another. (for instructions on how to do this see above)
Before installing linux you need to create some free-space for it.
Use a program like Partition Magic
to resize your current partitions, so you will have at least 5GB of unpartitioned space for linux.
I suggest that you defragmant and clean up your hard-drives first.
Once you have free unpartitioned space your ready to install linux.
Installing linux in the past used to be hard, but now its as easy as installing windows.
The first thing you have to do is change the device boot order.
What is the device boot order?
When you turn your computer on you will see at some point a line such as this:
Looking for boot from floopy: found none
Your computer checks to see if you have a diskette in your floppy to boot from.
Since you want to boot from a CD you have to tell your computer to see if it can boot from the CD-ROM drive instead of the floppy drive at start up.
To do this you need to edit your BIOS.
Turn on your computer and start pressing the F8 and DEL keys at once.
This will bring you to your BIOS. The button you need to press might be diffrent but its usually F5 or Delete...
once your in the BIOS, find a thing called booting order.
It should be something like this:
Second: zip drives
Change the booting order, and make it CD-ROM first...
This will tell the computer to boot from the CD-ROM.
Save and reboot.
Make sure you got the CD in. if you have 2 CD-ROM's put it in the main one.
This time, when the CD is in, your computer will start SuSE install.
The SuSE install is quite easy.
All you need to do choose the languge and follow the instructions.
SuSE will detect your hardware and ask you where you want to install.
Choose: Install into Free space
This will install SuSE into the free unpartitioned space you cleared up before for it.
SuSE will copy the files to your hard-drive, and reboot.
During the SuSE install SuSE will detect your networking settings and ask you to test them by updating.
I suggest you download all the updates at this point.
At the reboot, you will see a change to your computer.
At the point that it would normally start to load windows you will see a list of options on a nice looking blue background.
This is the LiLO bootmanger.
The options you will see are:
Choose linux to boot into linux, choose windows to boot into windows.
Its as simple as that.
You now have linux SuSE installed, congratulations.
The next part of this how-to will tell you about setting SuSE up and using it.