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Old 02-16-2012, 01:36 PM   #1
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Installation of open Suse 12 with windows 7


I have read many procedures and looked at a film or two and wonder if it is possible for me to just trust the automatic suse 12 loading for dual boot with windows 7. I do not know anything about partitions etc. but did trust an Ubuntu 11.04 auto installation but did not like the update for Ubuntu after I updated. Got it uninstalled but ended up formatting my HD. Now have Windows reinstalled and want to try a dual boot with suse 12All the information I read or see talks about manually doing things. How about auto. Can the open suse cd do it all automatically?

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Old 02-16-2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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I haven't tried that version (well, it didn't exist, and I don't normally try versions that don't exist...you probably mean 12.1, which I haven't tried either) but it ought to work. However you should:
  • have anything important backed up
  • ensure that you are in the right mode - specifically, ensure that the installer knows that you want it to co-exist with windows and not take over the entire disk
  • review the partitioning suggestions, after it has 'automaticaly' decided what it wants to do; if it doesn't make sense, back out and do not let it make the changes
 
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Basically, the crucial step is when you partition your disk drive. If you are confident enough,
you may do it without even need backing up your data. Most of modern distros have intergrated the feature
to install itself alongside the current OS you have. I usually go with the manual way, which gives me
freedom to make partition as I wish (not recommended for beginners!)

However if you feel insecure doing this, you should back up your data before installing.

Try backing up your data in the most effective way, such as saving only your personal data
and not the other unnecessary ones. However if you are not sure what to back up, feel free to
copy your entire hard drive (use back up utility application to help you with this).

The rest of the steps are easy. Once you are done the partitioning, you are good.
One thing: just follow instruction.
 
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:00 PM   #4
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Salsi,

My Windows system indicates
C; NTFS 159.83 GB
F: exFat 138.16 GB
System Reserved NFTS 100MB

SUSE wants to - Shrink /sda2 to 75.85 GB
Creat extended partition /dev/sda4 (83.97 GB)
Creat swap volume ?dev/sda5 (2.01 GB)
Creat Root volume ?dev?sda6 (20.0 GB) with ext 4
Creat volume /dev/sda7 (61.96 GB) for home with ext 4

A note to explain the F; drive in my windows 7 is that when I removed Ubuntu I had two usb drives installed and have since removed them. When I installed Ubuntu 11.04 the hard drive was a virgin. After uninstalling Ubuntu, I ended up with the top line. I wanted to run a linux os from a bootable usb flash drive but could not find a way to do it in my BIOS ???? I have an ASUS K52F computer and have played with it to a point but don't know enough to get it to boot off of a USB flash drive. I really don't have anything on my computer that I can not recover in a day or two as I had to when I formatted. By the way that did clean up my system.

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Old 02-16-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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I will advice reducing your windows partition before. you can boot from a live CD with Gparted and use that program to make room for OpenSuSE. here is a guide how to http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html

Before you even start the installation boot in to windows to make sure that by reducing the windows volume you still haven't break anything in the windows boot loader.

then start the installation and when the installer tool ask where you want install you select the partition of the unallocated space.

Keep in mind that once you have GRUB installed your MBR will be modified and if you ever decided to remove linux you will have fix your MBR with the Windows installation disk

Here is a how to for that http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/linux-uninstall.html

Good luck to you!
 
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:25 PM   #6
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Quote:
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I will advice reducing your windows partition before. you can boot from a live CD with Gparted and use that program to make room for OpenSuSE.
Actually, you can do it with your windows
Just use the Disk Management program (run >> diskmgmt).
Right click on the partition which you think has too many space (you want to make another partition from this one).
 
Old 02-22-2012, 03:47 PM   #7
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Solved ??????? Maybe

Well, to all who have provided information, thanks. I have been a few places since saying things were solved. I have loaded SUSE 12 and replaced it with Linux Mint and now have replaced Linux Mint with Suse 12. I also checked out PCLinuxOS, Oracle Solara, and Fedora. In all cases I tried to get the most recent issue I could. I have been to Frys and looked at linux Red Hat and Fedora for dummies books, and decided I'm to old to get through the books. My hard drive is hanging in and I have not lost anything yet but I have let each program (ubuntu, suse, PCLinusOS and Linux Mint, load itself. I use my.yahoo.com as a home page and I have all my favorites, mail, and etc loaded on that page and in every instance I have been able to get that page up on the installed browsers for each Linus OS so I have been able to accomplish my daily tasks during my trip around linux. What gets me is that I have failed to understand downloading programs onto linux programs. ie, I use Veetle as a way to watch hockey games (Red Wings) on my computer, in windows, rather than pay and I don't seem to be able to accomplish the process of getting the veetle downloads installed. I'm fairly sure I will eventually get it done and as long as I have windows I'm not lost. I have windows program on cd's so I can reinstall when ever. Thanks, Marvin
 
  


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