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Need help installing openSUSE? Or wanting more information about the installation of openSUSE?

Booting the installation

Welcome to openSUSE! To begin your installation, insert either the DVD or LiveCD. Once the media loads correctly, you will be presented with a screen with several options available for you.

To start the normal installation, select "Installation" from the list of options.

Boot options

The following explains the options presented to you.

  • Boot from Hard Disk - This will boot your hard drive in its current state, and completely ignore the installation. This will boot your current operating system, if present (DVDs only)
  • openSUSE Live - Boots into the live system (LiveCDs only).
  • Installation - The normal installation mode. All modern hardware functions are enabled. In case the installation fails, see [F5]Kernel for boot options that disable potentially problematic functions.
  • Repair Installed System - Boots into the graphical repair system (DVDs only).
  • Rescue System - Starts a minimal Linux system without a graphical user interface (DVDs only).
  • Check Installation Media - This option is only available when you install from media created from downloaded ISOs. In this case it is recommended to check the integrity of the installation medium. This option starts the installation system before automatically checking the media. In case the check was successful, the normal installation routine starts. If a corrupt media is detected, the installation routine aborts.
  • Firmware Test Starts a BIOS checker that validates ACPI and other parts of your BIOS (DVDs only).
  • Memory Test - Tests your system RAM using repeated read and write cycles. Terminate the test by rebooting (DVDs only).

Additional options

  • [F1] Help - Get context-sensitive help for the active element of the boot screen. Use the arrow keys to navigate, [Enter] to follow a link, and [Esc] to leave the help screen.
  • [F2] Language - Select the display language and a corresponding keyboard layout for the installation. The default language is English (US).
  • [F3 ]Video Mode - Select various graphical display modes for the installation. Select Text Mode if the graphical installation causes problems.
  • [F4] Source - Normally, the installation is performed from the inserted installation medium. Here, select other sources, like FTP or NFS servers. If the installation is deployed on a network with an SLP server, select an installation source available on the server with this option.
  • [F5] Kernel - If you encounter problems with the regular installation, this menu offers to disable a few potentially problematic functions.
    • If your hardware does not support ACPI (advanced configuration and power interface) select No ACPI to install without ACPI support.
    • No local APIC disables support for APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controllers) which may cause problems with some hardware.
    • Safe Settings boots the system with the DMA mode (for CD/DVD-ROM drives) and power management functions disabled.
    • If you are not sure, try the following options first: Installation—ACPI Disabled or Installation—Safe Settings.
    • Experts can also use the command line (Boot Options) to enter or change kernel parameters.
  • [F6] Driver - Press this key to notify the system that you have an optional driver update for openSUSE. With File or URL, load drivers directly before the installation starts. If you select Yes, you are prompted to insert the update disk at the appropriate point in the installation process.
  • [F7] Arch - If you install from an installation medium supporting 32bit and 64bit architectures and have a processor with 64-bit support, select whether to install a 64-bit or 32-bit system. By default, a 64-bit system is installed on a computer with 64-bit support. To install a 32-bit system, press [F7] then select 32bit.

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