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Mandrake Linux 8.2 Installation Guidelines

Mandrake Linux 8.2 Installation Guidelines

The easiest method of installing Mandrake Linux 8.2 in a virtual machine is to use the standard Mandrake Linux distribution CD. The notes below describe an installation using the standard distribution CD; however, installing Mandrake Linux 8.2 via the boot floppy/network method is supported as well.

Before installing the operating system, be sure that you have already created a directory for the new virtual machine and configured it using the VMware Workstation New Virtual Machine Wizard (on Windows hosts) or Configuration Wizard (on Linux hosts).

Note: During the Mandrake Linux 8.2 installation, you are offered a choice of XFree86 X servers. You may choose either one, but do not run that X server. Instead, to get an accelerated SVGA X server running inside the virtual machine, you should install the VMware Tools package immediately after installing Mandrake Linux 8.2.

Installation Steps

Installation Steps

  1. Use the VMware Workstation Configuration Editor to verify the virtual machine's devices are set up as you expect before starting the installation. For example, if you would like networking software to be installed during the Mandrake Linux 8.2 installation process, be sure the virtual machine's Ethernet adapter is enabled and configured. You may also want to increase the virtual machine's memory to 64MB. VMware also recommends that you disable the screen saver on the host system before starting the installation process.

  2. Insert the Mandrake Linux 8.2 CD in the CD-ROM drive and click the Power On button.

  3. Follow the installation steps as you would for a physical machine. Be sure to make the choices outlined in the following steps.

  4. Use the Expert installer.

  5. In the partitioning step, unless you have special requirements, it is all right to let Mandrake Linux auto-allocate the space.

  6. When selecting a boot loader, use LILO with text menu. Do not use the graphical version of LILO. It causes the virtual machine to hang.

  7. Do not create a custom boot disk when prompted.

  8. You are offered a choice of 2 XFree86 X servers to install. Choose XFree 4.2.0. This driver recognizes the VMware SVGA driver.

  9. Near the end of the installation, after files have been copied, you reach the monitor setup screen. Choose the resolution and refresh rate you want your guest to use.

  10. When the installer asks if you want to test the configuration, answer No.

  11. When the installer asks if you want to install updates to the kernel, answer No.

  12. When the installer asks whether to start X when you reboot, answer No.

This completes basic installation of the Mandrake Linux 8.2 guest operating system.

VMware Tools

VMware Tools

Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details, see Installing VMware Tools.

Note: With a Mandrake Linux 8.2 guest, you should install VMware Tools from the Linux console. Do not start X until you have installed VMware Tools.

Note: Provided you installed the XFree 4.2.0 X server when you installed the guest operating system (as advised in the install steps), when you start the VMware Tools installation script (by typing ./install.pl in the vmware-linux-tools directory), the following message appears:

Found an installed version of the VMware SVGA driver for XFree86 4. Some versions of this driver included with the XFree86 4 distributions do not work properly. Would you like to install a stable (but possibly older) version of the driver over the currently installed one?

If you plan to dual-boot the virtual machine, answer Yes to allow the driver to be installed. Answer Yes again to back up the existing video driver files and also copy the XF86Config-4.dist file to XF86Config-4.vm. The latter file is used when dual-booting the virtual machine.

If you do not intend to dual-boot the virtual machine, answer No to keep the existing driver.

Known Issues

Known Issues

On a Linux host with an XFree86 3.x X server, it is best not to run a screen saver in the guest operating system. Guest screen savers that demand a lot of processing power can cause the X server on the host to freeze.

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