Re: couple newbie questions (install & doc)
From: Cloud Burst (sun_at_shine.com)
Date: Sat, 03 Apr 2004 04:49:36 GMT
On Fri, 02 Apr 2004 21:16:26 -0700, Valentín Guillén <email@example.com> wrote:
>On Sat, 03 Apr 2004 02:46:05 +0000, Cloud Burst wrote:
>> I'm trying the free download. I've burned the small CD image
>> which is supposed to allow me to boot to SuSE and download the
>> rest of the installation via ftp.
>> However, the ftp connection to the mirror to get the rest of
>> the installation is failing. I think it's due to my network
>> card. My ethernet card, from my XP network settings:
>> 3Com EtherLink III ISAPNP Ethernet Adapter (Generic 3C509b)
>> Question 1: Do I have to get a new ethernet card? It seems
>> the detection and use of this card should be automatic when
>> suse boots from the CD.
>Depending upon which version of SuSE you want, you should/could ftp into
>any of the available servers, and to to the directory of the version you
>want. The same place you find the file with which to make the small CD,
>here you'll find README docs relating to the procedure for doing the FTP
>install. Also, READ THIS: Installation GUIDELINE
>Next, if you've read the document, you'll know that with a bootup from the
>install diskettes OR InstallCD, you'll need to use the modules diskette
>for loading things like PCMCIA support, if you're loading with a laptop
>with a PCMCIA network card, for example, Or the network modules diskette
>for enabling your network card. The FTP install process DOES NOT
>AUTOMATICALLY enable or "turn on" your NIC. This material is all covered
>in the documentation. SO, it is NOT automatic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the help, but I beg to differ. The following is an
extract from the README.FTP to which you refer (which I HAVE
already read). The leading %'s are added by me just to make
it clear it's from the README.FTP. Please note there is NO
requirement to download any networking modules when booting
% o booting from CD
% Download the iso image boot/boot.iso and burn a CD with it.
% o booting from floppy
% Download the floppy disk image boot/bootdisk as well as the module disk
% image files you need (at least boot/modules1 and likely the network
% modules from boot/modules3).
% Write the images to floppy disks using the 'dd' command:
% dd if=[path_to_image] of=/dev/fd0 bs=36b
% On non-linux systems, use the rawrite utility from the dosutils/rawrite
% directory (rawrite.exe).
% Boot from CD/floppy and at the bootpromt enter the installation source:
% linux install=ftp://ftp_server/directory
% Remember to substitute 'ftp_server' and 'directory' with the appropriate
% values (e.g. install=ftp://[IP-ADDRESS]/pub/suse/i386/9.0 if you're
% installing from the SuSE ftp server).
Even if there were a networking module for the CD, how would I
go about adding it to the .iso file?
You may be right, but that's not the way I read it. What am I
>There IS a networking module for that VERY COMMON and well supported NIC.
>> Question 2: Where is all the damn suse documentation? I can't
>> find it on the website or the ftp server.
>It might help you to go to the SuSE site, and actually research some of
>this material. If you're not PAYING for the SuSE, they expect that you'll
>AT LEAST inform yourself about how to GET IT FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As I said in Question 2, I HAVE looked all over the website (to
my obvious meager abilities) to find the "Manual" I have seen
reference to. But I haven't been able to find it. I'm guessing
you have to buy the package, or have success with the installation
download, to get the manual.