At this stage of the installation, you will be configuring your video adapter, monitor and of course, here you have the option to set the resolution for your monitor.
DrakeX has been improved tremendously. Most models of monitors and video cards are in its database. The specs of your monitor might be detected as generic. You should accept that. If for some reason a device is not detected, you will have to specify it manually. Have the specs ready (brand, model, horizontal and vertical refresh rate, amount of memory on video card)
The X server
XFree 4.2.x is the default video server for Mandrake 9.0, but the older XFree 3.3.6 is still available. If your particular video card supports 3D hardware acceleration, it will be offered as an option.
- Accept the option Click OK.
The next section is setting up the video resolution for your monitor; the picture below shows a perfectly detected video card with a monitor supporting 1024 x 768; if your resolution is below this try to adjust it to match 1024 x 768 for the desktop to fit properly on the screen.
If you got this far, you are in business. Now you can select the desired resolution and color depth for your display.
- Click OK to continue and test the configuration.
The video will be tested, the test screen should appear. If the test screen looks OK, choose "Yes" to continue. If your display doesn't appear correctly, choose "No" to try some alternative settings.
Setting up the boot mode
X can be set to launch automatically at startup to provide a Graphical Login, We don't want that, just yet. If your monitor or video card is not set correctly you won't be able to login at a command prompt for troubleshooting.
Note: Even if your video tested OK in the previous step. I don't recommend you login graphically.
The update Option
By the time you install Mandrake Linux 9.0, it is likely that some software packages have been updated since the initial release. Here you will be prompted to update your current edition. You will only answer yes to this question if you configured your Internet connection during network configuration earlier in this chapter. For security reasons don't do this. But if you answer yes to this option, it will list several mirror sites for your download and prompt for packages selection and installation.
- Answer NO to this Option.
Finally the congratulation screen pops up, prompting that your installation is complete click OK to finalize and reboot.
Or click on Advanced for other options.
The advanced options generate auto install floppy – On this floppy record the settings chosen during the installation. These settings can be used on new machines that need to be configured in the exact same way.
Save package selection - This records the software packages, which were selected for this installation. When complete, remove the floppy and all optical media select "OK" to restart the computer. You can then boot into Linux or MS-Windows (if applicable).
Congratulations you just have installed Linux…