posted by Clinton De Young on Sun 27th Oct 2002 18:15 UTC

"Going through the main installation cycle - Part IV"
Step 15 (Install the base system)
You should now be back at the Main Menu. Make sure the menu item, "Install the base system", is highlighted and press Enter.

The next screen that will come up is the, "Select Installation Medium" screen. Highlight the "cdrom" item and press the Enter key. A dialog will be displayed, which asks you to insert the first Debian CD. Since it is already in the drive, just press the Enter key.

Next, a screen titled, "Select Archive Path" will be displayed. There is only one path choice here, "/instmnt", so make sure "/instmnt" is highlighted in red and press the Enter key again.

Wait while the base system is installed.

Step 16 (Make the system bootable)
You should once again be back at the Main Menu. Make sure the, "Make System Bootable", menu item is highlighted and press Enter.

The next screen, titled "Where should the LILO boot loader be installed", should show you two options (you may have more if you have another Linux distro installed on the machine). If Debian is the only other OS on your machine, or you want to use LILO as the boot loader for all your operating systems, then choose the top option, "Install LILO in the MBR (use this if unsure)". On the other hand, if you are using a different boot loader, such as System Commander, or my favorite, XOSL, then you need to choose the "Install LILO in the boot partitions boot sector" for the /boot partition you created (you should still have this information written down from one of the prior steps).

If you selected to install LILO to the MBR, the next screen you will see is the "Other Bootable Partitions" screen. You can select "View" to display a list of bootable partitions that the installer has found. If you wish to have all of the partitions in the list controlled by LILO, which you most likely will, then press Enter to go back to the "Other Bootable Partitions" screen and select the top option to have LILO boot these partitions. If you select "Ignore", you won't be able to boot your other OSes, if there are any, until you fix LILO.

Next, you will be presented with a screen regarding LILO security. Feel free to read it and then press Enter when you are done.

Step 17 (Creating a boot Floppy)
My machines don't have floppy drives, but most people's machines do. I know this article has been long, but if you will recall, at the beginning of this article, I mentioned there were two ways to get around booting problems with LILO. The first way was to create a /boot partition at the beginning of your hard drive, thus ensuring boot information would never reside above the 1024th cylinder. The second way is to create a Boot Floppy, which will be done in this step.

I apologize for not being able to walk you through every screen during this step, but I am unable to do so since I don't have any floppy drives. However, in a nutshell, you should select the option to create a Boot Floppy now. You will be asked to insert a blank formatted disk, which will then have the necessary boot information written to it. If your system ends up booting correctly, you most likely will never use this floppy disk. On the other hand, if you had to install Debian on the same hard drive as another OS, and you do have booting problems, booting from this Boot Floppy will allow you to use your Debian system. Unlike booting DOS from a floppy, Linux doesn't suffer any performance degradation from booting in this manner.

Step 18 (Rebooting the machine)
You should be back at the Main Menu again, and ready to reboot your system into Debian Linux. Once we reboot we will perform the final configuration of the system. To continue, please select "Reboot the System" from the menu and press Enter.

Finally, you will see the "Reboot the System?" screen. Make sure to eject your CD-ROM, and floppy if you inserted one, and then select yes and press the Enter key to reboot into Debian.

Upon rebooting, you will be presented with the LILO boot screen (which is an ugly red box). Select "Linux" and press Enter, or wait for 10 seconds or so and LILO will boot Linux automatically.

Table of contents
  1. "Introduction and how to get hold of Debian"
  2. "Getting to the main installation"
  3. "Going through the main installation cycle - Part I"
  4. "Going through the main installation cycle - Part II"
  5. "Going through the main installation cycle - Part III"
  6. "Going through the main installation cycle - Part IV"
  7. "System Configuration - Part I"
  8. "System Configuration - Part II"
  9. "Installing XFree86 - Part I"
  10. "Installing XFree86 - Part II"
  11. "Synaptic, Mozilla, Conclusion"
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