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Originally posted by A.D.D. the partitioning....not sure what to do
A.D.D. - As zakaluka already pointed out, in order for people to offer you meaningful advice, you need to give detailed and specific information about exactly what actions you are trying to perform, the error messages you are seeing, etc. Can you describe the steps and actions you are taking, along with any errors or unexpected behavior that you're seeing. -- J.W.
i boot up the PC, it opens up the installation, it checks my system, then it says i need to change whatever the partition is. so i try and select what part of my HD i want to use(i guess its what its asking), and when i select it says its not continous(i think thats what it is, or says its not enough space. i just cant get it to work
UPDATE: I thought you mean you had 2 hard drives ADD but realised you meant 2 computers. Forget the parts about hdb. Since you only have one dist you may prefer to select your hard drive 1: in the section "Choose a hard disk" and then choose to use the free space on the disk. The only problem with this is that window will have no free space left.
UPDATE 2: where I have said use "ext3" I think you should use "reiser". I think reiser is a faster file system
You have to partition your drive.
follow these inscructions.
insert SUSE CD and reboot.
select your language.
It will now probe the system for hardware devices.........
Have a good look at this information to make sure it is correct.
Particularly look at the section called PARTITIONING.
you will see that it will want to install on on /dev/hda1 or /dev/hda2
which is the big drive with XP installed on it?
Selece CHANGE at the bottom of the screen and select partitioning.
Then select "create custom partition setup" and the click NEXT
select "Custom partitioning -- for experts" and then click NEXT
You will see two drives and two partitions.
Now hda is probably your BIG DRIVE with windows on it and hdb is probably you small drive that does not have enough memory to install SUSE.
You will have to resize /dev/hda1 to about 10 gig by selecting it and clicking on the RESIZE button
RESIZE the partition so that you have made about 10 gig of free space of /dev/hda
Then select CREATE and select 'primary partition"
In the FORMAT section select EXT3 from the drop down menu and ensure that the mount point is /
now you will have a new partition called /dev/hda2 and this wil l be the partition you will install SUSE on. The "/" means that this will be the root drive (kind of like the C: drive in windows).
You may want to create a swap drive as well using the same proceedure but creating a partition about 512 meg and give it a SWAP drive format instead of EXT3. A swap drive is like virtual memory in windows.
click next and that should sort out your hard drive problems.
Sorry to butt in, but it sounds like I have a very similar problem as A.D.D. or at least that's where I started from. First, the numbers:
I'm running an old Sony Desktop with 80Mhz 112MB RAM and a 35(?)GB Hard drive. There is NO floppy drive, so I am limited to using Boot CDs instead of Boot floppies. I'm using a friend's computer to write this, in case there was any question whether or not I had dual OSs.
The OS that came with the PC was Windows ME which would automatically partition my HD on each reinstall. I switched to Windows XP and after getting frustrated with all the typical things, I decided to try Linux. Since I don't have a floppy drive, I couldn't boot to DOS so I used the program Wipe Drive to just burn the whole HD and start over. I am using the personal purchased version of Suse 9.1.
During installation, the installation process would freeze at continually progressive points in the process. If I choose anything other than the default settings for installation, the program freezes when I try to edit options. No errors, it just stops. I accepted the default settings and the first disk installed after a couple of forced restarts and selecting the Repair Installation option. I got to the Insert Second CD prompt and the CD drive would not open. I did a forced restart again and chose the last install option (i don't remember the name but it was the one that should be used to manually fix an existing installation). This somehow made it so that I could open the CD drive when prompted to insert the second CD. I got all the way through the rest of the installation procedures and gave a user name, login ID, and password. I hit ok and the screen changed to the Config screen and froze. After manual restart I now get prompted to give the login and password I had provided. I only get a reply of Login Failed.
So that's the long and short of it. If there were any error messages I'd have mentioned them. It's become a problem that the user login and password I had provided just will not work. If anyone has encountered this, or has a suggestion it would be much appreciated.
/dev/hdc 37.2 GB ST340823A <------------------------ HDC is you hard drive (you have only one harddrive)
/dev/hdc1 33.56 GB HPFS/NTFS/ windows/c <------------------------ Dont touch this one. This is windows XP
/dev/hdc2 3.7 GB Unknown <------------------------ edit this partition and make its format (reiser) from the drop down list and make the "mount point" / from the drop down list. You may even want toresize the partition adding in the extra free space you have just made.
/dev/hdc3 0.4 MB Extended <------------------------ Remove this partition
/dev/hdc4 0.4 MB Linux Native <------------------------ Remove this partition
/dev/hdc5 0.4 MB Linux Swap Swap <------------------------ Remove this partition
/dev/hdc6 Unknown Linux Native <------------------------ Remove this partition
After this is done you should be right to install. This is what the partition table should look like