Mepis Install

Reinstall or Upgrade Mepis on a shared /root and /home partition

For : Mepis Linux

by : je.saist

Installing Mepis is simple and straight forward, but there are many types of installations that can be accomplished with a Linux Operating System.

This guide depends on two previous conditions having been met.

First Condition: That Mepis has already been installed

Second Condition: That the /root and /home partitions are combined

One of the dangers of not keeping /root and /home seperate is that if somehow some device does manage to hose the OS, you may not be able to repair or recover the Operating system without endangering user data. It is possible to trick the installater into over-writing older files.  However, this is a risky procedure. If affected files are named differently from those from the installation, chances are they will not be overwritten.

This also is a method to upgrade to the latest released version of Mepis.

1: The first step is to click on the Install Me icon on the Mepis LiveCD





2: From here we have the Mepis OS Center and some of the tools for the Mepis version of Linux.

Click on Install MEPIS on Hard Drive





3: At this point we should see the Mepis Linux Copyright. Click Next





4: We should now have up our primary installation screen. Currently the dot here is place on the Custom Install.

Go ahead and Click Next





5: We need to make sure that our chosen partitions are as follows.

/root hda1
/swap hda2
/home root

Once that is done, make sure a checkmark is in Preserve data /home (if upgrading)

Go ahead and Click Next





6:  Before continuing, verify that the dialog box states no format

If it does, Click Yes





7: Mepis should now ask to format the /swap partition

Click Yes





8: Visit Cedega while you are waiting.





9: The installation resumes the typical steps. Install the Grub into MBR and HDA

If you want both kernels, go ahead and put both kernels.

Word of advice, if you are having to reinstall because of a potential hardware problem or un-identified issue it is probably a good idea to have both kernels on hand. If you are just upgrading, it's your choice.





10: Click Yes to install the Grub bootloader





11: Grub will let you know if the install was successful. Click OK





12: As typical of the install, enter your username and passwords.





13: Mepis will note if you have already used that name before and ask if you want to re-use the old home directory. That's probably a good idea.

Click Yes





14: Fill in the network information

If you are not planning on running a Mepis computer through a router , you do not have to fill these in.  If you do intend to have multiple computers on a router, make sure the Computer Name is different on each one.

Click Next once the information is entered.





15: Select the services you want to have start when the system turns on.

Click Next to continue





16: If you have a non US keyboard, or want to change the system time, this can be done so from this dialog box.

Click Next to proceed





17: Congrats.  Click Finish





18: Then Click Yes to reboot into your new OS.





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