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  1. Linux Manual
  2. Installation & Internet
  3. About the Author
  4. Content
  5. Installation
  6. Choosing a Linux Distribution
  7. Partition types
  8. Fdisk
  9. Understanding Mount Point /mnt
  10. Linux File Structure
  11. Creating a boot disk
  12. Welcome to Linux Installation
  13. Installation mode
  14. Partitioning
  15. Creating partitions with Druid
  16. Creating partitions manually
  17. Formatting Partitions
  18. Individual packages selection
  19. The root account
  20. Network configuration
  21. The time zone
  22. Configuring Services
  23. Configuring X
  24. Installing Mandrake 9.1 & 9.2
  25. Installation Class
  26. The Drake X Partitioning
  27. Package Selection
  28. Configuring X
  29. The Internet
  30. Creating a new user
  31. Getting online
  32. Configuring the connection (Dial UP)
  33. High Speed Internet
  34. DSL Modems and Cable modems
  35. Connecting DSL as DHCP
  36. Setting up a Plain Cable Modem (DOCSIS)
  37. Connecting an ISDN
  38. Using Routers
  39. Login Protocols
  40. PPPoE
  41. WAN IP Address
  42. Commercial Configuration
  43. Troubleshooting

Installing Mandrake 9.1 & 9.2

Welcome to the installation of Mandrake 9.1 & 9.2, perhaps one of the most intuitive version among all distributions available. I decided to include this section for all of those who always like to be ahead and current to the changes of technology.

The installation process of Mandrake 9.1 differs a little in comparison to the version 9.0 installation but is very similar to 9.2. Follow the instructions installing Mandrake 9.0 to create the boot up floppy disk if you need it, otherwise just make sure your first boot device is set to CD-ROM and insert the installation CD1 into your CD-ROM drive to start the installation.

Observe the first screen by pressing Enter it will proceed with the installation. If for some reason you need to troubleshoot or simply because you are having trouble installing in the graphical mode, you can accomplish the installation in text mode by pressing F1 instead.

Start Mandrake Linux Installation
Fig. 1.38
  • On your first screen, press enter to start the installation.
  • For text mode installation or troubleshooting purposes press F1.
Installation Help
Fig. 1.39

Observe the screen, and note that it offers you four options. At the boot prompt, you can pass special parameters to the kernel. To make your life easier when installing in text mode, just type text at the prompt.


After you have pressed Enter, you are prompt to select your language. Be aware that your language may not necessary match your keyboard.

For example, one can select Spanish as the language but the keyboard is 100% English. In this situation you would use: US keyboard (international) on the other hand select the correct one.

Mandrake Installation
Fig. 1.40
  • Select your language
  • Click on Next

If you want to select additional languages click on advanced, select the language and click on Next.

  • Select Accept the license
  • Click on Next
Mandrake Installation
Fig. 1.41
  • Select your mouse type

Note. If your mouse is a standard two button PS/2 mouse, leave the default to standard or Generic PS2 wheel mouse if it is a wheel mouse.

  • Click on Next