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Old 04-27-2010, 10:55 AM   #1
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Suse 9.3 installation problem


I am trying to install SuSe 9.3 from a Live CD onto an old laptop, and the base installation completes but the boot does not finish. It stops at the following:

Waiting for device /dev/hdc5 to appear: ......resume device /dev/hdc5 not found (ignoring)
Loading kernel/fs/reiserfs/reiserfs.ko
Waiting for device /dev/hdc1 to appear: ...... not found -- exiting to /bin/sh
sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
$

Hardware is: Sony Vaio PCG FX205K, 128Mb RAM, 850MhZ, 20G Hard drive.
Any help greatly appreciated, in newbie terms please, as I am a beginner at Linux! Many thanks.
 
Old 04-27-2010, 01:25 PM   #2
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Suse 9.3 is ancient; way, way out of date. The current stable release is OpenSuse 11.2. 11.3 is in development. You would be much better off downloading OpenSuse 11.2 and burning it to CD. You will probably find that your problems go away because of developments since Suse 9.3 was released.
 
Old 04-27-2010, 03:20 PM   #3
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thanks bigrigdriver, I'll give it a try.
 
Old 04-27-2010, 04:58 PM   #4
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Hardware is: Sony Vaio PCG FX205K, 128Mb RAM, 850MhZ, 20G Hard drive.
Any help greatly appreciated, in newbie terms please, as I am a beginner at Linux! Many thanks.
While going for something more modern is desirable, that low quantity of RAM is going to be something that will cause you a little concern. The best solution is to have more - four times as much wouldn't be excessive in any way. I suspect that its current value is well below the stated minimum for the install of a graphical system of 11.2, but as Distrowatch doesn't give that number, I don't know it - but if more memory isn't an option, a non-graphical system should work, as could a system with one of the lighter desktops (LXDE, Enlightenment, XFCE, windowmaker, for example).

Basically, I suspect that if you try KDE 4 with that little RAM, it either won't work, period, or it will take so long to do anything non-trivial that you will wish you hadn't tried, and may be effectively the same as not working. Gnome probably has a somewhat better chance, but probably still won't prove tolerable, unless you have a lot of patience.
 
Old 04-27-2010, 06:38 PM   #5
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OpenSuse 11.2 should install, but you may want to do a few things to improve performance. Read this from the OpenSuse installation guide:
http://en.opensuse.org/Installation_with_Little_Memory
 
Old 04-27-2010, 07:37 PM   #6
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That's a very small amount of memory, I wouldn't even thing of putting KDE on that.

Even by bare window manager (no desktop environment) setup with a few programs running uses over 500MB.
 
  


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