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Yup, another Linux newbie... I have a weird situation here, and I'm not sure how to solve it without destroying my data on the harddrive. I have a new machine, with 60 Gb HDD, partitioned during the XP installation to C: (10 Gb NTFS) and D: (50 Gb NTFS). As I heard from a friend, SuSE can resize the partition and install itself in a free space. When I booted from a CD, SuSE reported that my partition table is not readable. The HDD parameters were recognized correctly, but no partitions were listed. I then booted up XP and resized D: to 40 Gb, using the Partition Magic 7,and tried again - Same story.
What is wrong and why SuSE can't read the partition table which was originally created with XP?
PM7 can handle it, resize it, save changes etc. but SuSE doesn't even know there are some partitions on the HDD...
Is there some trick XP is using to "protect" the partition table?
I tried that already, when I changed my D: to 40Gb - it made 10 Gb free and with no filesystem on it. The installer just won't read the partition table. It's not the problem in partition itself, the SuSE can't see the partition TABLE at all...
just a thought, im in mandrake, and practically everything was automatic, it saw my partition table, formatted it to ext3, etc etc, with just a bit of work.
unless you REALLY want SuSE then try mandrake
The last time I installed Linux, two years ago, I tried Red Hat, Peanut, SuSE and Mandrake distributions. the only distribution which worked perfectly was SuSE. It was the only one which recognized my on-board sound card properly. My hi-speed Internet connection setup was very easy and smooth. It worked on Red Hat as well, but without the sound. Mandrake had a lot of problems with Internet settings, and the sound card was supported to some point - it got initialized, but when it had to stop playing sound, it started to make some very high noise (VERY irritating). Basically, SuSE was by far the best Linux distribution I tried.
Unfortunatelly, after a power surge, my first HD and my CPU were fried, but the second HD survived (with Win98), and I just didn't upgrade my PC until a week ago.
I think I'll give it another try with my old 8 Gb HDD. Maybe it will work on that one, and I'll set a dual-boot from the two HDs. If not, I'll try the Mandrake...
I have a similar problem on Suse 8.2 install which may or may not be connected but would welcome any advice and give details below of a post I made on the Bootit NG (the excellent partition and boot manager software) forum but to date no luck.
Could you also further advise me on installing to the correct partition.
When I get to that part of the install it gives suggested partitioning as follows.
Create swap partition 753 mb on /dev/hda2
Create root partition 49.2 gb (/dev/hda3 with reiser
As this didn't seem to be the option I wanted I selected custom
partitioning and went to the following choices
Use entire HD
 19.5GB UNASSIGNED
 4.9GB LINUX NATIVE
 50GB UNASSIGNED
On choosing option  the partition I created for Suse I get the
following message. "Your current selection is invalid. You must start your selection with the highest numbered partition". There is also a note in the column saying "You can't select a Partition in the middle of the disk" When I looked at the options it follows the partitions as listed in Bing.
XP Pro 7993MB
Linux Swap 596MB
Free Space 16614MB
These groups appear to mirror my setup but how do I get SUSE to install on the partition  that I want.
Sorry this is so longwinded but I wanted to give as much info as