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Old 04-25-2004, 12:34 AM   #1
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Problem with installing SuSE 9


This thread is actually an extension of this thread I started here.

Here's the gist of that thread:

I had a mouse-access problem after installing SuSE 9 and it was my fault. I was trying to get the rest of my buttons to work on Linux and I switched mouse drivers and then wasn't able to get back to the Control Center to switch back to the drivers that worked. I searched for different ways to fix this problem or even be able to access the start button (or whatever it is actually called) and found something about going into XF68Config and changing some things around. That made problems worse and I was unable to access the GUI-based linux. So I finally gave up and removed my linux partitions. I also have Windows on this machine and dual-booting was not a problem with GRUB.

After deleting the partitions with linux on it, I rebooted, and came to the non-gui based GRUB and I was at a loss on how to use it so I rebooted and recovered windows by using the fixmbr command so Windows would load automatically. After that, I rebooted once more so that I could reinstall SuSE 9.

Once I got to the YaST part of the installation, into the software package options, I noticed that the setup did not detect anything on my four partitions (it showed 0% used space on each partition). It did however detect that I had four separate NTFS partitions. I found that odd and didn't know if I should install SuSE after realizing this (this being that it showed 0% used space on each partition).

I want to be able to read from those partitions and I wasn't sure if should continue installing SuSE. Anyone have any suggestions on fixing this problem or will I be able to access the files that are on each partition after installation even if it does show 0% used space on them? Any help would be much appreciated. And any flaming would not be. Thanks a bunch.
 
Old 04-25-2004, 02:00 AM   #2
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Old 04-25-2004, 09:51 AM   #3
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Talking Installing SuSE in dual boot with Windows

Hi!

I'm a newbie myself and have Linux SuSE installed in dual boot with Windows. So if I can give you any help from my experience, I'll be happy to do so!

What I'm not very clear about is the four partitions you mention when re-installing SuSE - are these known good Windows NT/FAT partitions or the partitions you thought you had deleted when you removed SuSE from your computer?
If these are Windows partitions, do they show up in Disk Management in Wimdows with their data intact? If so, do not worry if SuSE shows them as 100% empty.
YaST will give you the option of accepting the configuration it came up with of a small swap partition and a bigger root partition. You can edit this to use multiple partitions for your SuSE installation (lots of logical drives in an extended partition) if you prefer. I just slightly edited the size of the swap partition and the root partition and have all the logical drives installed as files under the root partition.
Anyhow, should you chose to install on multiple logical drives, make sure that your /var and /usr partitions are nice and big!
YaST will only format the partitions that have an F against them in the editor display, and only once you click "yes" to start the install process (the green box that pops up at the end of editing your installation configuration).

Once SuSE is installed, it will give you a drive icon for each of your Windows partitions on the desktop and you'll be able to view the contents of each and access the information on them.

As far as your mouse is concerned, it is better to play around with drivers in YaST before installing SuSE - in this way, you get a mouse test which you can go back to previous page from if the driver doesn't work, or you can reboot your machine if it really doesn't want to co-operate any longer. In any case, I found that in most situations Linux will find the best available driver for you. You may have to live with it until you or someone else has created a driver specifically for your mouse.

Hope this helps, otherwise just post again in this forum!

Good luck!

Last edited by LittleAngel; 04-25-2004 at 10:04 AM.
 
Old 04-25-2004, 01:03 PM   #4
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I've attempted Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter as I did not find a program called Disk Management and everything seemed to be intact just fine (my four partitions).

And, just to reiterate, YaST did see the four partitions in the very beginning when it suggested it's partitioning options. It just showed each of my Windows Partitions as being empty so I became concerned.

So, from there, it seems like I'm able to just install SuSE again just fine?
 
Old 04-25-2004, 02:37 PM   #5
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Yes, just try again from here to re-install SuSE. When you get to the partitioning, just check that the only partitions selected for formating are the SuSE ones. These will have an F against them. YaST normally sets this up without any problems by itself!

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Old 04-25-2004, 05:05 PM   #6
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Ok I'm gonna give it another try. Thanks again for your help. I'll let you know on here how it turns out
 
Old 04-25-2004, 09:09 PM   #7
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Well I'm on SuSE 9 now. I have one problem that didn't happen last time I installed: it only shows my /windows/c partition and none of the other three. However, during the installation, it showed that the other partitions existed. Any suggestions on how I might make it so I can see the other partitions?
 
Old 04-25-2004, 10:33 PM   #8
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When installing did you check that the other 3 partitions had a mount point? you can check this by going to yast2 -> system-> partitioner or you can check your /etc/fstab file
 
Old 04-25-2004, 11:00 PM   #9
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I actually tried that after installation and attempted to assign them to /windows/(drive letter here), I'd hit apply, and it seemed like it was successful. However, when I'd go to the file-browser (Konqueror I believe?) I would type in /windows/(drive letter here) it would say it did not exist.
 
Old 04-25-2004, 11:18 PM   #10
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I had the same problem trying to mount the partitions trough yast so I edited the /etc/fstab file and added the following line

/dev/hda2 /windows/C ntfs ro,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=iso8859-1 0 0

where hda2 shoud be your partition and /windows/letter where you would like it mopunted with those options it shoud mount them automatically at boot time and be accesible read only for all users
 
Old 04-25-2004, 11:27 PM   #11
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first of all, what suse does is that he makes this special folder called windows, and there it puts all your other windows partitions, but, you can do that yourself, in fact some time ago, i remember that some linux didnt did that automatically and you had to doit yourself
its pretty simple


first create a directory in /windows, called whatever you want, (you could created in any directory to be true)

As i could understand you have 4 partitions on the same disk, and you just have 1 disk, so if this is true, your partitions name, will be named
hda1, hda2 ,hda3, hda 4

anyway,
try this after making the directory (imagine that the directory name is Myown)

mount -t ntfs /dev/hda2 /windows/Myown

if ntfs is your filesystem and if you want to mount there your second partition (hda2)

then access that directory, and you will see all your info

if you want to use it and that always do this at boot, then
learn how it works /etc/fstab

or in a symplier way, use Yast, and in partitions, see for the MountPoints and
that is where you want your partitions to be mounted

hope to help,
 
Old 04-26-2004, 12:20 AM   #12
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Well I sort of fixed it. I mounted them to the wrong folders but thats ok. I'm guessing now that I've at least gotten this far, I shouldn't have much of a problem from here on out. I'll fool around with it and get it mounted to the right folders. Thanks a bunch!
 
  


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