[SOLVED] New install of SuSE Linux 8 Professional on old laptop
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New install of SuSE Linux 8 Professional on old laptop
I am a complete neophyte with Linux. I bought SuSE 8.0 professional a long time ago, while living in Germany. I have an old German laptop that currently has Win2K installed, and I would now like to replace Windows with Linux on it. The computer boots the initial CD fine and gives me a number of installation choices. If I do not add a "root=/dev/hda1" to the parameters it stops the installation with a "Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:01" and if that line is there the error message changes to 03:01.
Is this because the hard drive is already formatted to NTFS? Is there a way to delete the partition and create a new one from the Linux installation disks?
Thanks for any ideas!
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Forget SuSE 8.0. It's been end of life for about six years, it's a waste of time installing it. You installation problem could very well be because it's so old it doesn't support your laptop's hardware.
Download openSUSE, open up a new thread if you get any problems installing that
Please post your hardware specs if you would like a specific distro recommendation for this laptop. If the computer is from the Windows 2000 era, you may have better luck with a distro like Puppy, SliTaz, or Tiny Core that is designed specifically for older hardware.
That being said, if you are new to Linux and want an easy and fun introduction, I highly recommend installing a currently-supported, user-friendly distro such as Ubuntu or Mint on modern (Pentium 4 with 512mb RAM is my is my minimum recommendation), Linux-friendly hardware. Installing an outdated distro on ancient hardware is not a beginner project.
Thanks to all who have responded! It's a Pentium machine from Germany with 32 MB of RAM, so I have decided to beef up the RAM to the max (128 MB) and install Puppy since it is small but still supports wireless connections to a LAN.
The main function of this computer will be to check and reply to e-mail in German and for short bursts of internet lookups while watching TV.
I have no personal experience with Linux on a computer that old, so I'll wish you the best and move on from the conversation. Before I go, here is a link to one of my favorite blogs. The author is a real expert on older hardware, so perhaps you'll pick up some helpful tips and tricks: http://kmandla.wordpress.com/
Stick with puppy or slitaz or arch or some other old hardware type of distro.
Forget using suse on it.
Arch is a no-go for a Pentium, because it is optimized for i686.
For such a system I would recommend a minimal install of Debian or Slackware, with a lightweight Window Manager, such as IceWM or one of the *boxes. I also heard that Vector Linux should be good to such old systems. But Slitaz is also very good.