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The first cd installs correctly but the system doesnít ask for disk 2. Instead it finalizes the installation, reboots and then starts the installation again from the beginning. I know the disks are good as they were used successfully on another machine.
Thank you very much for your advice Sevec. Changing the boot loader to LILO did solve the problem. The only thing to watch for is to make sure the computer is connected to the internet. If not, the installation freezes at the network setup and has to be started all over again from the beginning. After the connection has been established, the installation completed successfully. Funny though, the internet doesnít work, well Iíll try to solve this problem another day.
When installing the suse 5cd set your bios will have to be set to boot from the cd drive to start the insallation. After the first disc finishes the computer will reboot (leave cd1 in) and as soon as it does go into your bios and set the boot order back to the hard drive first. Otherwise the cd will just start over again. It should boot up from the harddrive and continue installation by asking for cd2 at that point.
SUSE 10.0 Installation Failure - Hang at login Prompt
I just downloaded the SuSE 5 CD set and the Live DVD for 10.0. I also tried to install it on my Acer TravelMate 350 Series with PIII 700MHz, 384MB RAM, and 20GB hard drive space. I had success in installing Fedora 3, but I think it is using too much resource of the box. So I tried to install SuSE since friends of mine told me it is not that heavy.
The installation CD did boot successfully. I followed through the installation steps and proceeded to library dependency check and partitioning. I decided to have a single operating system, so I assigned the whole space to SUSE. The distro automatically allocated 768MB hard disk space for swap, and the rest to reiser, which belongs to the root. I did not have luck in library dependency check, since the distro returned media error during the check at the first time. I quited the installation, and used the checking function to verify the CD, and they all turned out fine with no errors found. I then selected the "restart installation" choice, and the installation wizard went back to the same screen; this time, it did not show media error and proceeded to automatic dependency check. Many errors were found, and since there is no other way to get through this step, I chose to ignore all errors. Then the wizard formatted the partitions, and installed the system. During the copying process, I manually select to ignore many packages since the packages were not readable from the CD. Then it went to a screen saying the system needed to be rebooted in order to finish the installation and countdown 15 seconds. During the whole process, there was no information showing to switch to CD2, so I still had CD1 remained in the drive.
After rebooting, the box was booted from hard drive to proceed to the next step. However, the nice screen only persisted for around 10 seconds, then the screen were turned to command line, checking and analyzing a lot of devices, and finally stopped at linux login prompt. It seemed to me that I would have to type in user name and and password in order to pass this step. However, so far there was no step for me to setup root password, nor account setup, therefore, I had no user name and adequate password. I still don't. I thought I was doing something wrong during the installation process, so I downloaded the CD1 image and made the new CD1 with another CD-RW disc. And I reinstalled the SUSE 10.0 system. However, everything was what I mentioned before. And I was still brought to the same login prompt. The installation for my PIII 700MHz system was pretty lengthy, so I would not like to do it again.
Can someone tell me what might happen and/or tell me what user name and password should I use to get through this step?
well dreamcarrior you have a lot of problems i think.
first, try booting with the live-eval cd of suse.
if the cd boot successfully, run badblocks on your hard drive and check its OK.
if the hard drive is ok, use me memtest option in grub to check your ram.
in the login opcion you need put "root" and the password for root. but if you not do that in yast. maybe you can boot with the live cd and usr chroot and type passwd to change the password for root. or. just copy the passwd and shadow from the etc on the cd.
Thanks Sevek, I used the utility provided by Microsoft Windows to check the RAM, and the harddrive was checked with Norton Utilities 2005. They were all fine. Then I re-installed SUSE 10.0 with the same CD set, but this time, I selected "Installation with ACPI-Disabled." From the installation manual provided by Novell, I just found out that sometimes ACPI will cause problems in the installation of computers that do not have ACPI support. This time all processes went through, and I did not find any error. The installation process brought me to changing CDs, setting up root password, and creating accounts. After installation, Yast2 did find all my hardware including Neatgear MA401 wireless card.
However, I do not know how to set up the wireless network with Linux. I had existing wireless network, with 128bit wep. However, no matter what I put in the Yast network device setup, I still could not join the wireless network. However, I can join my neighbors' network which does not have any WEP protection.
Please let me know what I can do to solve this problem. Thanks.