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Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC

Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC - PCSTATS
Abstract: We'll look at SUSE Personal 9.1 and explore the process of installing Linux onto your hard drive as a full operating system.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Apr 18 2008   Mike Dowler  
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System administration with root password

Like Windows XP, SUSE Linux prompted you to create a user account during the installation process. This user is separate from the systems administrator account (known as 'Root' in Linux). Since you logged in as this secondary user, you do not have the necessary authority to configure the system. Any time you attempt to use a program that requires administrative 'root' access, a window will pop up, prompting you for the root password.

When you enter this password, you are now operating as the root user for the purposes of this application only. Closing the application removes these special privileges.

Configuring your monitor and desktop

Our next order of business is getting your desktop set to the resolution and refresh rate that you are comfortable with. Click the SUSE 'start' button and choose 'YaST' from the top of the menu to start this configuration tool. This is the same tool we used to install SUSE, and it takes care of most of the hardware configuration chores in this particular Linux distribution. Choose 'hardware' then 'graphics card and monitor.'

The 'desktop settings' window will pop up. Take a minute to review the information it's showing you. If the 'card:' and 'Monitor:' lines both contain the correct brand names and model number of your video card and monitor respectively, you can close the settings window now. If you have your video card listed correctly but the monitor is listed as a 'VESA' device, it's time to do a little configuration.

Click 'change' then choose 'monitor' on the screen that appears next. From the 'currently configured monitors' screen, click 'properties.' You'll be presented with a list of monitor manufacturers and model numbers. Locate your screen's manufacturer and model if possible. If your particular monitor is not listed, scroll to the top of the list and highlight VESA or LCD (if you are using a flat-panel LCD monitor), then choose an appropriate resolution and refresh rate from the right-hand panel.

Once you have found your monitor model or chosen an acceptable refresh rate, click 'ok', then 'finish' then 'finalize...' to exit the configuration utility. You'll want to test the configuration before you leave, following the on screen prompt and instructions.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS Beginners
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
 Pg 2.  Booting and Partitioning
 Pg 3.  Viewing and modifying partition information
 Pg 4.  Customizing software packages
 Pg 5.  Network Configuration
 Pg 6.  Downloading and Patching
 Pg 7.  Creating User Accounts
 Pg 8.  Part 2: Getting your Linux 'legs'
 Pg 9.  — System administration with root password
 Pg 10.  Configuring the Desktop and Internet
 Pg 11.  Shared files and folders over a network
 Pg 12.  Customizing SUSE: Locating your options
 Pg 13.  Open Office and other Applications

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