My problem in simple form:
The SuSE 8.0 installer constantly locks up on my machine.
Full detailed version:
I have a machine running on an Abit AT7-MAX mobo, and it always used to run WinXP from 2 striped 40GB hdds in RAID 0. The motherboard has the HPT374 RAID controller. I had previously set it up so that there was an 8GB primary partition, and a 70GB extended partition which I used for storage, so that I would not have to worry so much about backing up when reformatting the first partition. When I decided on installing SuSE, I made about 10GB of empty space at the end of the drive.
This is SuSE 8.0 I'm installing, not 8.1 - if anybody wants to know why, then this is because Highpoint have only released RAID controller drivers for up to version 8.0..
Normally the whole thing would just lock up the machine around the "probing hard disks" stage on the yast installation screen. It crashed numerous times, but I released that I was in fact loading the RAID controller drivers at the wrong screen (meant to load them at the Language Selection screen of yast, rather than the language selection screen beforehand).. So, I specified to create a swap and root partition formatted with ext3 AFTER the extended partition I used to store my data previously wth windows.
Well fair enough, it got under way installing, but crashed again whilst formatting the root partition.. grrrr... booting back into WinXP showed that it had in fact completely destroyed my extended partition when it wasn't meant to. GRRR.. there goes 50GB of data - good thing I backed up.
I tried a few more times, and these few times it has just crashed before I have even loaded the custom RAID drivers.
This is incredibly annoying, and I have no idea what's causing it, whether it's just my machine configuration, the RAID controller, or whatever..
- Athlon XP 2000
- Abit AT7-MAX
- 128MB Gainward Ti4200
- 2x 40GB Maxtor 740X hdds
- Booting from downloaded ISO burnt to CD in a Pioneer 16xDVD-ROM slot in drive.
- WinXP on 8GB primary partition, NTFS.
- Used to have 60GB of storage space in one logical partition in an extended partition after the WinXP partition. Was formatted as NTFS (was going to change to FAT32).
Any help much appreciated, thanks.