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Old 01-26-2009, 01:01 PM   #1
alexmann13
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portable external hdd installed openSUSE 11.1 hardware autodetection


Hi,
I've got opensuse 11.1 installed on my external hdd and it works quite well with the computer used to do the installation. The issue is when I boot suse using other computers, where the OS has some trouble recognizing the new hardware. Perhaps it does see the hardware properly, but does not have the appropriate drivers.

Is there a way to have hardware autodetection enabled and also have yast download the appropriate drivers? An alternate method perhaps?

Thanks,
AM
 
Old 01-27-2009, 08:34 AM   #2
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Hi,
I've got opensuse 11.1 installed on my external hdd and it works quite well with the computer used to do the installation. The issue is when I boot suse using other computers, where the OS has some trouble recognizing the new hardware. Perhaps it does see the hardware properly, but does not have the appropriate drivers.

Is there a way to have hardware autodetection enabled and also have yast download the appropriate drivers? An alternate method perhaps?

Thanks,
AM
The reason you have problems, is that you did an installation to your external drive. That built the kernel and loaded the modules, for YOUR system. When you move it elsewhere...that doesn't apply.

The autodetection is done when you're doing an install. OpenSuSE isn't the best fit for this scenario. I'd go with a Knoppix or some other 'live' distro that runs totally off removable media.
 
  


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