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Old 08-22-2004, 08:32 AM   #1
david.stuart
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suse 9.1 can't create swapspace


Hi! I've got suse 9.1 personal onto two machines perfectly well. On an HP with Amd Athlon, only 64k ram, and a big hard drive running Win98, it loads kernel, says not enough memory for yast, and needs to create swapdisk. suggests /dev/sda2. if i give it that, or anything else, red message says 'error activating swapspace' - and that's it. no way round it... Anyone any ideas?
 
Old 08-22-2004, 08:36 AM   #2
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maybe if you made a special partition for the swapspace?... cfdisk can change the filesystem type. Select the swapspace type from there
 
Old 08-22-2004, 09:32 AM   #3
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thanks... i AM a newbie... so how would i run cfdisk?? if that's a linux prog.... that is
 
Old 08-22-2004, 09:36 AM   #4
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when you get to a command prompt, you'll probably see this:
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[username@localhost ~]$
simply type cfdisk there
 
Old 08-22-2004, 09:39 AM   #5
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cfdisk is a partition manager that writes the partition table. It runs in linux () and usually it is a "default" package shipped with linux... just type cfdisk
(fdisk is cfdisk's older brother... but i prefer cfdisk because it is more user-friendly)
 
Old 08-22-2004, 10:17 PM   #6
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Quote:
only 64k ram
MB rather than k?
I installed Suse on a PC with 80 MB RAM. Text/command line only. Same problem.
I got my Debian Woody rescue and root floppies.
Do just enough to get to the menu and choose partition a hard drive. You can use cfdisk to create a swap partition from free space. (You know not to try to resize partitions with cfdisk, right?)
After creating the swap partition you then need to choose initialize and activate a swap partition.
After that Suse can use the swap partition during install.
Yast (ncurses version) will run but it will be as slow molasses. Some functions take 5-10 minutes or longer.
Even in text mode, Suse is not a good choice for a low RAM PC.
Another choice is to put Zipslack on your Windows 98 partition. It is command line only but you can add Slackware packages to it.
 
Old 08-24-2004, 10:15 AM   #7
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thanks to all the above! As the CD never gets anywhere near producing a command line, I guess I will need to boot from a floppy, and hope that cfdisk is on it... Incidentally, i can't get the 'live' CD of 9.1 Personal to run on any of the machines!
 
Old 08-24-2004, 09:00 PM   #8
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The Debian floppies are here.
If you get the rescue.bin and root.bin, write them to floppy with "dd" in Linux or "rawrite" in Windows, you can do as I mentioned above.
 
  


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