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Old 03-03-2006, 12:35 AM   #1
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Fujitsu Laptop - Suse install can't find HDD


Firstly i'm a Linux newbie, and i mean newbie, i haven't personally used Linux before but i've seen how powerful it is and i really want to get into it....

Just one problem though, i have a Fujitsu Siemens Laptop and i'm trying to install SUSE 9.3. When i boot from CD1 the installer picks up all my hardware perfectly, except it always says that it cannot find any hard disks . I have one 80GB HDD, with three partions. one of them is 10GB and thats the one i want SUSE on.

Any ideas on how to get SUSE to pick up those partitions in the install process?
 
Old 03-03-2006, 05:12 PM   #2
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Start with http://www.linux-on-laptops.com under fujitsu for Suse9.2 intall notes on hopefully similar lappy to yours.
What else is on the HD-XP,W2000? Any rescue partitions?
You need specs for your lappy then check Suse9.3 HCL to see if your lappy hard drive controller is supported.(You may have a problem with sata controller/drives) But Suse usually has good hw detection and has been known for easy lappy install.
Check Suse 9.3 Sax or Yast program for help. Compare with Suse10 version too.

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Old 03-04-2006, 10:14 PM   #3
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check http://www.linuxforums.org/forum Suse forum. You may find more help there too. Cheers.
 
Old 03-06-2006, 12:59 AM   #4
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Nope, other two partitions are blank. initially i left one raw, coz i though i'll format it for the linux install, but since i couldn't install i formatted all 3 drives NTFS
 
Old 03-06-2006, 12:46 PM   #5
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My XP install includes main NTFS partition and 2 FAT32 ones for sharing with linux and another for linux. If you converted all to NTFS, you will need program like PM8 or SystemRescueCd(live-cd) or somesuch with qtparted or gparted to be able to install linux again.SystemRCd or XP-pro DiskManager can delete one of them and qtparted can use space to create an Extended Partition to include needed partitions for linux.
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