1.2. The Boot Screen

Figure 1.1. The Boot Screen

The Boot Screen

The boot screen displays number of options for the installation procedure. Boot from Hard Disk boots the installed system. This item is selected by default, because the CD is often left in the drive. To install the system, select one of the installation options with the arrow keys. The relevant options are:


The normal installation mode. All modern hardware functions are enabled.

Installation — ACPI Disabled

If the normal installation fails, this may be due to the system hardware not supporting ACPI (advanced configuration and power interface). If this seems to be the case, use this option to install without ACPI support.

Installation — Safe Settings

Boots the system with the DMA mode (for CD-ROM drives) and power management functions disabled. Experts can also use the command line to enter or change kernel parameters.

Manual Installation

By default, drivers are loaded automatically during the installation. If this appears to cause problems, use this option to load drivers manually. However, this does not work if you use a USB keyboard on your machine.

Use the function keys indicated in the bar at the bottom of the screen to change a number of installation settings.


Context-sensitive help for the active element of the boot screen.


Selection of various graphical display modes for the installation. The text mode can be selected if the graphical installation causes problems.


Normally, the installation is performed from the inserted installation medium. Other sources, like FTP or NFS servers, can be selected here. If the installation is carried out in a network with an SLP server, one of the installation sources available on the server can be selected with this option. Information about SLP is available in 22.6. “SLP Services in the Network”.


Select the display language for the installation.


By default, diagnostic messages of the Linux kernel are not displayed during system start-up. You only see a progress bar. To display these messages, select Native. For detailed information, select Verbose.


Use this to tell the system that you have an optional disk with a driver update for SUSE LINUX. You will be asked to insert the update disk at the appropriate point in the installation process.

A few seconds after starting the installation, SUSE LINUX loads a minimal Linux system to run the installation procedure. If you enabled Native or Verbose, messages and copyright notices scroll by and, at the end of the loading process, the YaST installation program starts. After a few more seconds, the screen should display the graphical interface.

The actual installation of SUSE LINUX begins at this point. All YaST screens have a common layout. All buttons, entry fields, and lists can be accessed with the mouse or the keyboard. If your mouse pointer does not move, the mouse has not been autodetected. In this case, use the keyboard for the time being.