A very brief guide.
The Normal Install
1/ Boot from DVD
the computer we need to
select 'boot from CD'. With modern
computers F12 during boot does usually work, but it varies from
computer to computer.
computers we may need to set
the bios so that the first boot
device is 'CD'.
2/ On first
menu select 'Install'.
3/ When it
comes to the partitioning
We need to
resize the Windows
partition to make space for the Mandriva.
As a rule of
thumb divide the hard
disk in two.
this process we frequently
find that we cannot resize the
partition as it reports Windows errors.
At this point
you may need to go back
into the Windows and run Disk
Check and Defrag. This should be done in any case. But, where you do
get this problem you may need to repeat the process several times.
shutting down the Windows
do be very careful and always let it
4/ Now once
you have made the space
for the Mandriva system you can do
'auto-allocate' when it will now create a '/' partition, about 8GB, a
swap partition and a '/home' partition which will occupy the rest of
the allowed space.
5/ Now it
will present page to choose
'KDE', 'Gnome' or 'Custom'. I suggest
choose 'Custom', on the next page untick 'KDE', tick 'Gnome' and 'games'.
6/ Now just
let it install, it
typically takes about 35 minutes.
7/ On this
page put in a root
password. This should be reasonably
secure and not associated with your name or your location.
Then put in a
I usually keep it the
same as the user name but in lower
case. You can always change the password later in a terminal window.
8/ After the
installation it will try
and bring up the ethernet, so if
possible make an ethernet connection available. Hopefully you do
broadband and a router.
9/ It will
offer to do updates. Let
it do these, especially if your
computer is fairly new, since the updates may be essental for that
10/ Once it
has finished the updates
it will eject the DVD, which you
can now take out.
the computer and now go
into the Mandriva Control Center
by 'Applications' - 'Administration' - 'Configure your computer'.
'Software - Configure Media'.
De Select the 4 CDROM lines and
enable 'Configure media sources' (if it did not already successfully
the Internet during the install process).
12 Now go
back to 'Install &
'flphoto' and 'Chromium-Browser'
and 'Thunderbird' (if you require an
are updates to be done a
red icon will appear then you can
enable this with your normal password (not root). If a blue icon then
there are restricted repositories to be added. But you require a
subscription to Mandriva to enable these. But, in fact, the only thing
you need worry about here is the Adobe Flash. You can, in any case,
download this from http://www.adobe.com (use the rpm version).
using the free version
of Mandriva you may additionally
require some drivers for the display and sound. If you have subscribed
to the Power Pack version then a lot of proprietary drivers are already
Ah! you thought that you were
13/ Now, using Firefox
browse to http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Scroll down the page and you
will find 'Mandriva linux', click on that.
Now, on this next page, click on 'Easy urpmi'. Scroll down the page and
click on the button
'Add PLF medias'.
Install these extra repositories
(it will ask for the root password)
and now go back to the previous page.
14/ On this page are two lines
beginning with urpmi.
Open a terminal window type su
and enter and then put your root password
Now put in 'urpmi wxvlc
vlc-plugin-a52 vlc-plugin-ogg vlc-plugin-mad
libmatroska0' that is the whole line except 'libdvdplay0'.
It will offer to put in a number
of packages, accept those.
Now put in 'urpmi libdvdcss2'.
15/ While you are in the
terminal as root it is convenient to put in
some more packages.
Put in 'urpmi lame audacity grip
mozilla-thunderbird' (if you had not already included Thunderbird
earlier). I suggest also that you 'urpmi k3b' for a superb
CD/DVD burning program.
and now put in 'urpme codeina'
(to remove codeina).
'Lame' is the encryption
software for making mp3 files and 'grip' enables you to rip your audio
CDs to mp3.
I do suggest that you should include a few games, including kmahjongg
and pysol as computers are pretty dull if they do not have a few
games, besides which they are very useful in boosting the confidence of
16/ Of course you may also need
to install a printer and a scanner,
this can be done through the 'Mandriva Control Console' - MCC. Remember
the easiest printers to install are those from HP while Epsom are
generally fairly easy. Canon are often tricky as you may have to visit
Japan or Australia for drivers, if they are available at all. I have
success with printers from Brother when I found drivers on their
website, while Lexmark are the most difficult. Dell these days have
drivers for their more recent printers so they are now quite easy.
I think that is it for the
moment, but, there are lots of useful
programs available for this system in the Mandriva repositories and
available elsewhere on the internet although some is available as
'tarballs' requiring compiling.
I shall be putting some more
information here and probably a few images
as as I can.
B/ Connecting the Wi-Fi
Working without Ethernet.
When one has no access to
ethernet but you do have access to a Wi-Fi access point one is able to
connect providing that you are using either the 'Mandriva One' disk or
the 'Mandriva PWP' disk.
Specifically there is a firmware
package required for the Wi-Fi card and this is on those particular
disks. It is not included on the free versions.
Where you have installed from the
free version, in my case with and eee, I have only to find the
rt2860-firmware file and to double click that and install it.
1/ Do the installation normally
2/ Re-Boot the system go into the
Mandriva Control Console (System - Administration - 'Configure Your
Computer') and then set up the Wi-Fi (Network & Internet).
3/ Configure the required Wi-Fi
connection and put in the encryption key as required.
You may need to reboot having
done this and then it should be connected OK.
19 May 2011