I've decided its time for a clean sweep on my PC. So, after
installing a brand new, virgin hard drive and DVD/CD-RW combo drive, I tried
to install SuSE 8.2 Pro, which came with Linux magazine a few
Installation goes fine until I get to the "Installation Settings" window
(where it says "Mode, keyboard layout, mouse, partitioning");
I get a pop-up saying "YaST2 - Evaluating package selection"...
and then the PC hangs.
I've looked at some diagnostics when the PC hangs (by the way,
I did a memory check and it seems to be OK).
If I do ctrl + alt + f3, and I get:
mount: /var/adm/mount/boot/root: we need a loop device
mount: using /dev/loop0
starting /mount/instsys/sbin/inst_setup yast
and if I do ctrl + alt + f4 I get:
attempt to access beyond end of device:
last async page write due to I/O error on 16:40
I then tried installed SuSE 7.2 (from DVD) as an intermediate step -
it installed OK, with no problems. Then I tried upgrading
to 8.2 with the DVD - and the procedure locks up at
the same step (i.e. when YaST2 is being invoked).
Finally, I tried installing 8.2 in "safe mode" and I got no further than I had before.
However, this time, I went into the command window and typed "yast".
A few seconds later, I got back to the systems installation window, but in
the software section, it said "cannot read package data from installation media.
ERROR: No proposal"
The other installation windows (booting, time zone, language sections) all appear
I clicked on "change" at the bottom of the screen and selected "software", but I
get nothing when clicking on "detailed selection" and "filter on selections:"
From a trawl on the internet, it seems that many other people are having problems
with SuSE 8.2 Pro
What on earth is going wrong? Has SuSE changed their motto to "if it ain't broke, break it"?!