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Old 07-17-2004, 11:37 PM   #1
otseng
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How to install SUSE 9.1 on AMD64?


I've got a copy of the SUSE 9.1 Professional CDs (5 CDs and 2 DVDs). And I'm trying to install it on my AMD64 laptop. However, I can't seem to figure out how to install Linux with 64 bit support.

If I stick in DVD disk 1 or the CD disk 1, it'll go through the install, but only for 32 bit support. There doesn't seem to be a 64 bit installer. I tried the DVD disk 2, but it won't boot off that disk.

What am I missing here?
 
Old 07-19-2004, 07:27 PM   #2
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Re: How to install SUSE 9.1 on AMD64?

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Originally posted by otseng
I've got a copy of the SUSE 9.1 Professional CDs (5 CDs and 2 DVDs). And I'm trying to install it on my AMD64 laptop. However, I can't seem to figure out how to install Linux with 64 bit support.

If I stick in DVD disk 1 or the CD disk 1, it'll go through the install, but only for 32 bit support. There doesn't seem to be a 64 bit installer. I tried the DVD disk 2, but it won't boot off that disk.

What am I missing here?
According to the suse docs it is installed automatically.

From what I remember from 8 and 9 , is that the installer detects if you use amd or intel and you get an optimized linux.
I think it is the same way with amd 64.

After installation in the console type : #uname -m the answer should be #x86_64.

If you get this reply your in.

Have a lot of fun ...................

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Old 07-19-2004, 07:59 PM   #3
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64 bit is on side b of the dvd

I have 64 bit suse running on my amd64 computer
 
Old 07-28-2004, 10:40 PM   #4
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Have it installed with acpi_off, works ok

Recently tried Suse 9.0, that failed to install on Emachine M6805/09, then learned about needing a update to bios, which wasn't going to happen from Mfg. Installed 9.1 on the B side/64 bit , with acpi_off setting and it works good.
With M6811 model and all previous makes, it wont see video card as anything but RV350 model, but it's still do-able, as I'm not playing Farcry on the linux side, but as dual-boot with original Win XP home after repartitioned with partition magic 8 to resize it to 3 hard drives.
Next test is to add Win 64 beta to the mix and let it see what it can do.
Anyone ever tried 3 os's on a laptop before?
 
Old 07-31-2004, 10:48 PM   #5
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Hello otseng:
Don't feel taken aback since your not the only one who has made this mistake. The manuals do not readily point out the Side "B" is the 64-bit install side of the two DVD's. Oh, the second DVD is the source code, so I've been told.

Since you have installed the 32-bit SuSE the problem is how to get past the boot error message you will get when you try to install the 64-bit program over the now old 32-bit program. The boot error message will say words like this: "real good software -- this is a 32-bit computer, you cannot install a 64-bit system BOOT ". Notice the word "BOOT". This is a forced boot and no known way, by me, to pass by it. I have had this problem, since I did the same as you, for two days now. Since it is in the weekend in Germany I will not get an answer until Monday. I'll also be going to the eye doctor to get a larger focal lens for my eyeglasses since the 64-bit notice is difficult to read around the hub ring of the DVD and to the best of my knowledge the only place you will find the notice.
Hope this helps . . . . . . and when I get an answer from SuSE I'll post it the General Thread under AMD 64.
There is another issue here I failed to mention. The default installer is GRUB and the config file on my DVD for GRUB fails to recognize the Win XP "NT" file system. I do not want to do a restore since it took six hours download for the MS patches which I will undaughtedly will have to endure again. This is the first time I've used GRUB but didn't have any choise in the initial phase of the install.

PaulT

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Old 09-09-2004, 06:54 PM   #6
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Hey all,

Well, I've also got an emachines M6805. (Yup. It's gr8t) Anywho, I've got my gentoo64 installed and running. Has been for awhile.
It's dual booted with my XP(a.k.a. wintendo)
Soon, I hope to get rid of the XP partitions all together. But, prolly not until I get some darn proper drivers for the Wireless NIC and ATI card.

So, I also tried to install SuSE 9.1 amd64. Actually, the install went just fine. I got to choose all of whatever I wanted. It was kinda glitchy on the graphics, at first, during the install, but after awhile, it got reeeeealy slow. I don't know if it's using up the vid ram and just not releasing or what.
Anywho, I got thru the initial install. Then when the first reboot comes, when it's supposed to finish the install (like all the config of the system, root password, NIC config, printer...) all of the stuff that SuSE normally makes You don ofter the "initial" install.
Anyway, during this "second" boot, it stops about 75% of the way thru the boot.

I can press F2 to get to the verbose, but only if I do it before it locks. Once it locks, the entire keyboard is done fore. It's cold-boot-city.
During the boot, I see some messages that I don't like.
********************************************
Setting up network interfaces:
lo
lo----------------IP adress: 127.0.0.1/8........................................................................................done
eth0------------device: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 74)
eth0------------configuration: eth-id-(MAC ADDY HERE)
eth0------------(DHCP) . . . . . no IP address yet... backgrounding.
........................................waiting
([i]The system pauses here for about 1 minute before continuing with:[\i])
eth0-----------------------------------------interface could not be set up......................................failed
Setting up service network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .........................................................................failed
Starting syslog services............................................................................................ .................done
Mount SMB File System.............................................................................................. ................unused
Starting resource manager............................................................................................. ...........done
Starting RPC portmap daemon.............................................................................................. ....done
Starting nfsboot (sm-notify) Backgrounding to notify hosts...

Generating /etc/ssh/ssh_host/dsa_key.
Generating public/private dsa key pair.
Starting sound driver: via82xx
Your identification has been saved in /etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key.

(and there it sits. Waiting....)
********************************************
Ok, so...
1) [i]eth0------------(DHCP) . . . . . no IP address yet... backgrounding.........................................waiting
(The system pauses here for about 1 minute before continuing with:[\i])
eth0-----------------------------------------interface could not be set up......................................failed

Means I don't have net access. (obviously) But, there is not reason why the DHCP should have failed. My network here is working, has been for quite sometime. And when I boot my lappy in gentoo or XP, I have net with not prob. So I ask... wtf?

2) Why is it freezing after the dsa_key stuff?

I'am thinking about re-installing using acpi_off as suggested by M6811amd64dan
Maybe it will work then.

If I do get the SuSE working, this will be the 4th OS on this laptop. (because I can... and most is work related per OS)
...I shal return...

L8rz

Last edited by DaFrEQ; 09-09-2004 at 06:56 PM.
 
Old 09-10-2004, 02:19 PM   #7
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Well, Success!

I re-installed (short install) and used [b]acpi=off[\b] for booting, and now it flies. And when I say flies, I've never seen SuSE run this smoothly on a laptop before. I'm quite impressed with this latest distro.

I've got all the GUI crap turned on... i.e. effects n such, and it is still rolling along perfectly. Surprisingly tho... My gentoo64 distro on my other hdd (same laptop) doesn't run quite as smooth.

L8rz
 
  


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