Inside your SUSE box you should find the SUSE manuals (which are considered among the best Linux manuals available) and the media case.
The media case contains five CDs and two double-sided DVDs. One of the installation DVDs is installable, while the other contains the SUSE Linux source code. The installable DVD has two sides, one used to install SUSE on standard Pentium-class PCs, and the other containing an installable version of SUSE Linux for 64-bit systems. Each side of the DVDs is labeled in extremely fine print around the center ring of the DVD. Depending on the hardware in your computer system, installing from DVD is the least time-consuming installation method.
Insert the first CD or the bootable DVD in your system's optical drive. If you are booting from DVD, make sure that the side that you want to boot from is facing up in your DVD drive.
Next, enable booting from the optical media drive on your computer to start the installation routine. During the bootup routine, you need to enter the BIOS and set the order in which your system will probe attached devices looking for bootable media. You can enter your system's BIOS setup routines by pressing a special key when booting the machine. Typically, this is the F2, Delete, or F1 key—check your system's boot screen for BIOS Setup instructions, which are usually displayed at the bottom of the screen. When you've entered the BIOS setup screens, different BIOS have different ways of configuring your system's boot sequence. You may find the options you are looking for under Startup Items, Boot Options, or under your Advanced settings. Make sure that your CD or DVD drive is probed before your floppy disk, hard drives, or network. Once set, save the new settings, and your machine will reboot.
At this point, your system should boot from the first SUSE CD or the DVD, and you will see the welcome screen.
Selecting boot options
When the boot splash screen has finished, you will be asked to select how you want to install SUSE, as well as some other helpful options for booting your system.
The boot menu offers more than just installation options, although the most common selection is the standard Installation item. We discuss the other six options in detail because at some point in the life of a SUSE user you will likely need to use the others.
In this chapter, we select the standard Installation option in the boot menu.
So far, the system has booted a minimal Linux kernel that is sufficient to run the installation process and execute the SUSE installer and the various utilities that it uses to probe and configure your system. SUSE's YaST installer now begins to collect information that it will use to configure your system to match your personal and hardware requirements.