Tell us about your SuSE install procedure. Smooth? Not??
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I have installed SUSE 9.1, 9.2 and just installed 9.3 with no major issues. When installing 9.3, though the mouse gave me some problems. After configuring it through Sax2, it worked great. I do have an issue with the GIMP and my scanner. I have an Epson Stylus CX5400 and can not get the thing to work! Apparently there is an issue with the GIMP and the epkowa and iscan drivers that I have yet to resolve. Too bad though, since I will now have to result to my windoze OS for my scanning jobs.
suse 9,1 and 9,3 both installed smoothly on my main box, detected everything, I only had to alter the standard resolution in sax.
on my laptop tho, I've never been able to install 9,3. 9,1 and 9,2 work, 9,3 doesn't. Not that it matters much, since I run Debian on my laptop and dont plan to change that; I was just wanting to test the battry duration in suse 9.3, but it's weird to see that xorg wont install in suse 9,3.
I have done many 32 bit installs. But my most recent on 9.3 was a 64bit install via ftp using an ISO that was mounted as a directory. I had just built this machine so there were many unknowns going into the install. However the install went perfectly. Graphical Yast came up, all my devices were recognized and my first online update installed the nvida drivers perfectly. One of the smoothest installs that I have had ever with SuSE!!
9.0 I had to edit the X config file before I could install in GUI mode, but after that it was perfect. 9.1, 92., and 9.3 all installed perfect. I am taking a linux class at school and my instructor couldn't get Fedora Core or Red Hat to install on the machines so I brought in my Suse 9.3 CDs and it installed without any problem. I have been very satisfied with Suse. For those of you that have had problems, did you install from a bought package or burned ISOs you downloaded, between the download and the burning, there could be bits missing and that can lead to a bad install.
Bluesman2333. You can get suse 9.3 pro update at amazon for 52$, it's just like the regular one but it doesn't have the amin guide.
Installs have been a mixed bag with SuSE. I had major problems trying to install 9.3 and 9.2 both, because the graphical installer hung after creating an incoherent blob at the top of the monitor and no display. I downloaded 9.1 personal, and the text installer worked fine. Somehow, when I tried to do an FTP install of 9.2, the YaST installer worked perfectly. Then, when SuSE changed its FTP update servers a couple of weeks ago, I tried to do a graphical FTP install of 9.3, but it didn't work, with the same blobbing problem. Luckily, I was able to find the text installer hiding under F2 on the splash screen, and tried my original 9.3 CDs again. The install went perfectly
Install and updates went perfect. Hardware configuration perfect. YAST even configured grub correctly, recognizing windows, fedora 3, and my fat32 partition. It correctly setup /etc/fstab from install. I didn't have to do a thing except reboot.
I had only problem. SaX2 was detecting my onboard video card and my PCI video card (ATI Radeon 9200). I disabled the onboard video card in BIOS but SuSE still picked it up as well as the ATI card. I had no idea how to dismantle the onboard video card. So, I had to learn how to reconfigure xorg using sax2 commands. Thank god for the sax2 help screens. After that, done and wow -- I love SuSE 9.3.
Well not exactly a very subjective survey was it now?
Was it bad bad or very bad or just OK?
I understand you've obviously had problems but the poll was almost like a government poll, ie vote my way or not at all.
I have been a SUSE user in one way or another for years now, although until recently not ever delved into the workings, I personally feel if it goes too easy then you'll never learn anything. ie previously it has always gone to easy but then I've never really been cutting edge before.
My only install gripe was actually nothing to do with SUSE at all, being related to KDE and nVidia, the problem being the monitor was not on the database and therefore reported incorrectly and the fonts needed a magnifying glass, after several hours picking my way through the LQ forum I found a resolve, which was remarkably easy, given the nature of the problem, but, has helped me understand how it appears to work just a little bit better.
I have just loaded debian onto an old machine (very old P2-266) with the view of learning remote operation, my linux boxes appear to be older kit but if I am happy with the 9.3, in a month I'll swap my main box over to LINUX and send XP packing.
Maybe then I'll experience some real install difficulties, ( AMD 64 3200 128Mb Geforce graphics card and Nvidia chipset) maybe I'll be voting again
As a PS to this why use an ATi graphics card then moan if it doesn't work, their attitude has been anything but benevolent towards LINUX in the past, why not support the companies who give us the support we require?
Last edited by Master_Simon; 07-17-2005 at 04:04 AM.
Installation was a breeze but when I started installing programs (softwares) I found a lot have not upgraded to the current kernel therefore it created a lot of extra work for me. Linux is finally getting some recognition from vendors plus SuSe now has a lot of support from Novell's site. I wish they would improve Yast some more but its a lot better then previous versions. I still find Apt better for installing with Syntax.
I reinstalled my 10.1. Everything works, except when I try to go into 'Graphics card and monitor' in Yast. Every other part of Yast works, but when going in to change monitor settings, Yast crashes! How can every other part of Yast work, yet it crashes only in 'Graphics card and monitor'? This doesn't make any sense to me. Been driving me crazy for several days now. My monitor is stuck in 960X529. ??? 10.1 detected all of my hardware accurately. So why won't it let me change anything through Yast or the desktop? Very odd indeed! New video drivers were installed, still no success. Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh!
I installed Suse 10.0 a while back. Everything worked out of the box. I mean EVERYTHING, including my Netgear PCI wireless NIC. All I had to do was enter the ESSID and passphrase. Also, once connected to the internet, it downloaded and automatically configured the NVidia accelerated 3D drivers for me.
I've been using Linux since 1999. At no time have I ever had a smoother or easier Linux installation where EVERYTHING worked (without ANY input from me) right out of the box.
That said, I didn't like anything else about Suse. It just doesn't do it for me. I'm a tinkerer, so I prefer Slackware.
The installation was nothing short of brilliant though.
On your graphics card please update the drivers. 10.1 now has ati and nvidia drivers within Yast updates. If you do not have one of these cards then you need to go to your card vendor site and download and install Linux drivers. Also, what desktop are you using? KDE or Gnome! Gnome you need to go into the Gnome settings not Yast.