How to Install Puppy Linux                                    06/10/09 

 

Introduction --  This document tells how to perform a full disk install of Puppy 4.x. 

 

It assumes the computer has at least 128 megabytes of memory and at least 1 gigabyte of free disk space.  At least 256 megabytes of memory yields Puppy's optimal performance.

 

 

1.  Download the Puppy 4.x CD.  Select the Retro Kernel version if installing on an

     older computer.

 

2.  Boot computer from the Puppy 4.x CD.    

 

            If the computer already has Puppy on it and you are re-installing it for some

            reason, at Puppy's CD boot prompt type:       boot:  puppy pfix=ram   

 

            Otherwise just press the ENTER key at Puppy's CD prompt boot:                            

 

3.  Select --                  Type of mouse……….[PS/2]

                                    Keyboard…………….[US]

                                    Display………………[Xorg]

                                    Resolution…………...[1024 x 768 x 16]

 

4.  Create an empty ext3 partition if none exists for the Puppy install of size 500 M.

     Create a Linux swap partition if none exists of size 500 M.

 

            Right-click on desktop -> System -> GParted Partition Manager

            Select:   ALL drives

            Create partition(s) as necessary

            Exit Gparted Partition Manager when done

 

5.  Ensure that the CD is mounted prior to installing Puppy.  You can tell if the CD is 

     mounted because the CD icon at the bottom of the screen will have a green dot

     superimposed on top of it.  If the green dot is already there, skip this step. 

    Otherwise do this:

 

            Click on the CD-ROM icon at the bottom of the desktop

            A green light will appear on it after you do

            Close any file manager window that pops up

 

6.  Install Puppy

 

            Right-click on desktop -> Setup -> Puppy Universal Installer

 

            Select   "Internal (IDE or SATA) hard drive"

            Select   The Drive you want to install Puppy on

            Select   The Partition to install Puppy on

            Select   OK  to confirm the partition

            Select   FULL install                             -- Puppy now copies its files to the disk

            Select   "Install/Update GRUB"            -- This will install a boot menu

            Select   INSTALL

            Select   OK  to confirm

            Select   "Simple"   as the type of install

            Select   "Standard"   the default console

            Select   OK    the partition to install GRUB to should be shown

            Select   "MBR"  as the place to install GRUB to      -- This is not the default

            Select   OK   to confirm

            Select    NO   you're all done

 

7.  Clean-up the Boot Menu Puppy just generated to make it more readable

 

            Click on the Puppy disk icon at the bottom of the screen

                        (you can tell which it is by hovering the cursor over it)

                        This mounts the disk if necessary and opens a file manager window.

            Select the folder boot

            Select the folder grub

            Select the file menu.lst

            Edit that menu to make it look nice

            Exit saving your file changes

 

8.  Reboot the computer 

 

            Right-click on the desktop -> Shutdown -> Reboot computer

 

9.  Select  "DO NOT SAVE"

 

10.  Remove the CD as the computer reboots so that it will boot from the hard disk

 

11.  The computer reboots and the boot menu will appear. Select the option for Puppy  

       Linux, which should be first in the list.

 

12.  Select all the same equipment options as you did the last time you booted Puppy

 

13.  Configure Networking   (we assume a wired connection to the internet)

 

            Right-click on the desktop -> Setup -> Network Wizard

            Select   "eth0"

            Select   "Test eth0"

            Select   "Auto DHCP"

            Select   "YES"    to keep this configuration

            Select   "Done"   to exit the wizard

 

14.   Configure the Firewall

 

            Right-click on the desktop -> Setup -> Linux-Firewall Wizard

            Select  "OK"

            Press   ENTER   to quit

 

15.   Test the Internet Connection

 

            Click on the desktop BROWSE icon

            Go to YOUTUBE and select any video

            Ensure the Video runs and the Sound works

 

You're Done

 

 

 

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