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LinuxMint-4.0-Light  -  installed mostly offline, public version
VMwareTools-6.0.3

VMware Workstation 4.5.3 to make the base VM and then installed into Player 1.0.6

VMware virtual machine settings:
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Host System Win2k sp4 offline
Guest system other Linux 2.6
8 GB disc capacity split into files < 2 GB
256MB RAM
NAT connected at startup
cdrom pointed to iso file: LinuxMint-4.0-Light.iso
everything else as default

Description of installation:
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Keymap Germany
VGA 1024*768*32
Start Linux Mint

Install Icon doubleclicked
English
New York
Keyboard Germany - eliminate dead keys
Partition
dev/sda1
  8496MB 
    mountpoint /
    at the beginning
    ext3
dev/sda2
  90MB
    at the beginning
    swap
Name: user 
UserName: user 
Password: user 
ComputerName: LinuxMint

restart didn't work -> reset

login as user

Answer some questions:
enable root account
UserName: root 
Password: root

Configure:
screen 1024*768 70Hz
fonts: Sans Dejavu 12 condensed, 13 for title, Sans Dejavu 14 mono
custom theme: Clearlooks, Metabox, Gnome folders,
  Colors foreground all bright (no reverse selection)
wallpaper 1st (colors only) with gradient
save custom theme as Mint-root and Mint-user
screensaver off
filemanager list view, date format
Preferences->Sessions (for user and root)
  disable mintUpdate
  disable Restricted Drivers Manager
login window: Bianca
Mint-desktop: show mounted volumes

package removal:
Openoffice
Thunderbird
Gimp

Firefox prefs:
change fonts (preselected sans-serif has a kerning problem)
  "Default font" and "Advanced->Sans-serif" to Bitsstream Vera Sans
  "Advanced->Proportional" to Sans Serif
  "Advanced->Serif" to serif
font sizes 16
set homepage/bookmark
go online in host and load page for favicon.ico
  reduce cache to 1MB
  clear cache
privacy delete on exit

cdrom pointed to iso file: linux.iso

shut down
cdrom in LinuxMint.vmx pointed back to "cdrom-raw"
zip


Note: Sessions: Power Manager and Tracker got disabled and reenabled later,
      because shutdown-dialog needed 1min to show up and sometimes
      the whole startmenu didn't start apps any more

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change boot sequence in VMware: harddisks first

log in as root
terminal:
apt-get clean

install VMwaretools Tools 6.0.3-80004
  - point the cdrom to the external linux.iso file
  - copy the VMwareTools-6.0.3-80004.tar.gz file to the /tmp and extract it there
  - delete the .tar.gz file
  - cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
  - start the installer with ./vmware-install.pl
    accept everything with <enter>
  - video resolution: choose 3 instead of 2 (1024*768)
  - delete /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib

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boot and log in as root
delete Mixer applet in root (because of error)
create a file named /etc/init.d/local with this inside:
#!/bin/sh
mount -a

then run as root:
chmod 755 /etc/init.d/local
update-rc.d local start 98 2 3 4 5 .
mkdir /etc/rc.d/
ln -s /etc/init.d/local /etc/rc.d/rc.local

Don't miss the . in  2 3 4 5 .

All you put inside this newly created local boot commands file named /etc/rc.d/rc.local
is executed at boot. The mount -a is useful for automatically starting up CIFS or SMBFS.
You'll find more info about this work-around at http://www.visoracle.com/download/debian/

shutdown

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repoint cdrom in VMware to physical drive: auto detect
start
start the toolbox (different from VMwareTools which get started automatically on boot):
sudo /usr/bin/vmware-toolbox
shrink disk
shutdown
add description to VM
shutdown

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start and choose "recovery mode"
give root password for maintenance mode
run:
  swapoff /dev/sda2
  dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda2
  sync
  sync
  mkswap /dev/sda2
  swapon /dev/sda2
  shutdown -h now

Note: swapoff gave error msg
zip all VMware files

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