5.4. Installing the Software

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If you are configuring your system with RAID1 support, notice that your step 4 below will be slightly different. If you skipped section 5.2 RAID1 Support (Disk Mirroring), it would be advisable to read it before proceeding.

Step 1: Insert the CD-ROM. If your computer is an older model that is unable to boot from CD-ROM, you will also need to insert the boot floppy. Most modern computers do not need to use a boot floppy.

Step 2: Review the warning screen and type accept to indicate your acceptance of Contribs.org's legal terms and conditions and your acknowledgment that installation of the software will rewrite the host computer's hard drive.

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The installation process formats and erases all attached hard drives . If you have multiple hard drives, be sure to back them up prior to starting the installation process.

Step 3: Read the software licensing terms and indicate your acceptance of the license.

Step 4: Choose whether you wish to Install on a single hard disk (or use hardware mirroring), Install on dual hard disks using software mirroring (RAID1 support), or Upgrade .

Step 5: Read the screen offering a final warning. Type proceed and hit enter on the "OK" button to continue. The installation process will now automatically proceed to install the necessary packages.

Step 6: Indicate whether you wish to create an emergency boot diskette. This can be used in the future to boot the system in the event that you are unable to boot from the hard disk. If you choose yes, you will be prompted to insert a blank diskette. We recommend that you do create an emergency boot floppy and put it in a safe place where you can easily retrieve it when necessary.

Step 7: Finishing the installation is automatic and takes only a few minutes. At the end of the process, you will be prompted to remove the floppy diskette and CD and then to reboot your computer.

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The installation (or upgrade) process rewrites the boot sector on your hard drive. This may cause machines with BIOS boot sector virus detection to not boot unattended. This detection should be disabled in your system's BIOS.