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Installing suse 10.1

I tried to install suse 10.1 on my hp dv1049ea laptop and twice ran into problems, mostly because I didn't read any instructions and just went for it
Then I found some webpages to help me and went for third time lucky.

Listed in the text below you will see a description of what I did and they webpages I used to help me.

Hopefully this guide will help someone else who wants to give linux a go.

Here is what I did for third time lucky.

Installed suse 10.1

I just followed the on screen instructions and went for the default options except for picking the kde desktop and changing the network setting so the wireless card is started with hotplug and I entered the name of my wireless network and put in the password.

Thats suse 10.1 installed but I have been here before. Now its time to configure suse to work the way I want it.

Connecting to the internet using your LAN cable should work straight away without having to do anything else.

After connecting to the internet I clicked on this link: http://susewiki.org/index.php?title=Setting_up_Intel_2200bg_wireless_cards which brings up details on how to set up the wireless network card I have.

There is a whole page of instructions on how to set up your wireless network but I found all I had to do was click on this link: http://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/10.1/inst-source-extra/suse/noarch/ and found the ipw-firmware-7-10.noarch.rpm file and saved it in a downloads directory I created in my home directory.

I then went to the file I just downloaded and right clicked on it and selected open with install software. You will be asked for your root password and then you have to wait for a minute or so for the software installer to come up. When it does you should see the ipw-firware is ticked and click on install. Again this takes a minute or two but whilst it is doing it you should see KNetworkManager come up and say new network device found. After installation you should see your wireless device flashing. You should now be able to connect wirelessly.

You can do this by clicking on the network icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Available networks should be displayed. Click on your one and enter any password you are asked for.

You might have to set up your network info first if you did not do this as part of the installation disc.

Pretty simple really, you should have seen my first attempt though ;(

Next go to this page and follow the instructions to install the features you want:

http://desktoplinux.com/articles/AT7527984757.html

I did the following:

Prepared SUSE to install software from alternate sources.

Added the following packages:

gcc
make
kernel-source
kernel-syms
kdeadmin3

Although make was already installed.

Flash, Acrobat, Windows Media, MP3, and RealMedia support

This was brilliant as I couldn't get mp3 files to play before and I couldn't listen to certain radio stations as they used windows media player.

I will probably do the java support later on and might do the dvd stuff if I find I need it

It was a very helpful website though

Next I installed anti virus software.

There were 2 choices I found and had to decide between.

They were Avg and Panda security. Panda security is a beta version but it looks quite good. However, I went for avg as I use it on windows.

It has to be said I don't have it working correctly just yet. I have a few problems getting it automated but when I do I will let you know.

The default music player is Amarok but I still couldn't get it to play mp3 files. I could play mp3 files after using the steps above but I just could not play them in Amarok.

To fix this go to this website http://susediary.blogspot.com/2006/05/fresh-start-and-fresh-approach.html.

That is it for now but if I add any new stuff I will add it here or if I manage to get the 6 in 1 card reader working I will add it here also.

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