Loading Knoppix is easy because no installation is required.
Take your CD and insert it into your CD-ROM drive. Shut down Windows, and select Restart. Make sure your PC is set to boot from the CD. WFTL Knoppix boots up to a nice, graphical screen with a simple boot: prompt, from which you can simply press <Enter> and let Knoppix do the rest.
The boot process is all text, but it is certainly colorful because Knoppix signifies devices, disks, sound cards, and so on in different colors. At some point, the screen will go dark as your video card is configured and X, the Linux graphical user interface, is started.
If the screen doesn't respond instantly, don't panic. Give it a few seconds. If nothing has happened even after you've waited a while, it is possible that your video card is one of the rare ones not included in the distribution. Never fear, most (if not all) modern cards support VESA. Reboot and type the following at the boot prompt:
This prompt is an example of what is called a cheat code in the Knoppix world. If you have additional problems or you'd like to learn about cheat codes, head down to the HELP! section later in this chapter. For now, I'm going to assume that your WFTL Knoppix CD has booted normally and that you are sitting at the KDE graphical desktop (Figure 2-1).