Upgrading From 32-Bit To 64-Bit SUSE
Is it safe to upgrade from 32-Bit SUSE Linux to 64-Bit SUSE Linux, or will I have to do a fresh-install?
in aix its a simple relink of the /unix and bobs your uncle.
I learned from another post that some of the Mozilla browser plugins don't work, like Flash, and Java.
I may wait before upgrading, since this is my production workstation. I can't afford too much downtime.
whats the message you are getting exactly? if its the one i am thinking off then you just need to change the config file for your bootloader.
Here is the "text" version of the installation screen when I boot from the SUSE 64-Bit DVD:
Selected for update
No root partition found
* ERROR: No proposal
Here are my current boot-related files (Grub):
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kernel (hd0,5)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hde6 vga=0x317 splash=silent desktop resume=/dev/hdf1 showopts max_loop=64
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kernel (hd0,5)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hde6 showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off vga=normal noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 3
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install --stage2=/boot/grub/stage2 /grub/stage1 d (hd0) /grub/stage2 0x8000 (hd0,5)/boot/grub/menu.lst
Just updated to 64-Bit SUSE Linux
I just updated to 64-Bit Linux using the "New System" install. I didn't have to re-partition any drives, and other than getting the Nvidia drivers (From Nvidia), MPlayer, and Spamassassin to work, things aren't too bad.
According to your 'no proposal' error, I found this in the SUSE-SDB:
To change your system from 32 to 64bit, you may try the following:
In Yast -> Software -> Change Source of Installation, exchange the 32bit for the 64bit DVD. After that, run 'System Update'. I am not sure if this will work as long as the old kernel is still in memory, maybe you need to install and boot the 64bit kernel first.
To solve the booting/kernel update problem, you may try to create a new initrd with the correct root and boot device (mkinitrd -d /dev/hde6 -b /boot). Maybe this helps...
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