Originally posted by maparus
Thank you for the responce. To answer your questions my computer is a desktop and hdd is ata. The enclosed driver patch is typed as it was issued by Suse support. If it seems muddled
by an experenced user like you. You should see it through the eyes of a 54yr old newbee. I may just have to go to Suse 10.0. Suse says this problem exists in almost all destros using 2.6 kernel
thanks again maparus
No no my friend, time served rather than experienced. Expert ??? Not all the time my a**e points downwards
(plus my post count just means that I've spent 3+ years or so asking lots of rubbish (IMO) questions). I suspect like a few others who read your initial post, it all seemed rather dis-jointed. I certainly wasn't sure "what was what".
I notice that gd2shoe has suggested possible ideas. The only time I've had problems with a partition table was when I'd been a little too smart and not paid attention to what I was doing - trying to make extra partitions to put my mp3's and stuff on. I'd made the partition a linux extended one that was formatted as FAT32 (with partition magic 8). Whereas it should have been a windows extended one partitioned as FAT32 - When I found out what I'd done, I just started deleting stuff to try to mend it and screwed the partition table.
It meant a mammoth re-install session
(all those windows updates, service packs and the like Ugh!).
From there, I just started from scratch, and sorted the windows first - got that working Ok, but left the space for my linux as unallocated. Then one of the blokes from my LUG explained the finer points of fdisk. That worked and I ended up with 5 partitions. 1 for windows, then 4 for linux so I could have /boot, /swap, / and /home. Not long after I worked out that I new enough to not too have to bother with windows and started over again, but without any windows.
Hence I still think it might be better if you get your windows sorted and running OK, then see if you can install the SuSE - again, I'd still suggest getting the latest version - and yes it can be downloaded and burned under windows (with a burning app) just make sure if you go the download route that you look into "md5sum" checking (theres a free app called md5summer that will do the check) as that will check the integrity of any download (one wrong number/letter and it usually means that you need to d/l again).
Thats about all I can think of at the moment.
p.s. Oh and 54yr old newbie, meet 40yr old truck driver !
As I say, expert?? NOT