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Old 02-17-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
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activate swap on install ?


Hi All,

I am new and am trying to install SUSE 9.2 on an older PC that I had sitting in the closet. It is an AMD K6, 400Mhz, 64MB RAM and 8GB HD. I know it's not much but it should run linux right?

I am going to add another disk drive and make it a samba server for my Win machines. That way I can "backup" digital photos etc to the LINUX box and have them on more than one machine.

The problem is this. I downloaded the .iso mini install image and created a CD. I get it booted, load the network card module, connect to the FTP server etc etc. It then tell me that the image is too large for the amount of memeory I have and it wants me to activate swap. So I go research on the net some more. Since it's an old Win machine, it sill had that on the HD and I need to repartition it for LINUX and make a swap partition. Back to the machine. alt-f12 gets me to a terminal session. There are no tools there to let me partition the disk and define a swap partition. So now I am stuck.

Does the rescue disk image have these untilities?

Does the boot boot.iso have these utilities?

I need a bootable CD with these untilities on it, what's the easiest.

I can get a copy of 9.1, I suppose I could go far enough through the install procedure of that until the disks are partitioned. Then bail and restart the 9.2 install. Or I guess I could just install 9.1 and life goes on. 9.1 would be the easy way out though . . . I would like to solve this and install 9.2 via the network like I had planned. I am just short a little knowledge.

-wayne
 
Old 02-17-2005, 11:21 AM   #2
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gentoo to the rescue!

i would use the gentoo live cd at gentoo.org (yes it is used to install gentoo but you dont HAVE to install gentoo, just use it to setup your disk...although i used to use suse and for a server gentoo will be much more bare-bones). boot up with the cd, fdisk the drive (fdisk /dev/hda) *make sure to create a partition that will become a swap* then type mkswap /dev/hda1 if you made it the 1st partition on the A harddrive.

...i just hope suse recognizes is durring install.
 
Old 02-17-2005, 11:31 AM   #3
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I am using SUSE because it's used at work. So it will also make a test bed for me to play with some at home also. Dual purpose if you will. I just wont install everything under the sun . . . . -wayne
 
Old 02-17-2005, 02:09 PM   #4
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There's a few rescue CDs out there, some as small
as 20MB ... have a search on freshmeat.



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Old 02-17-2005, 07:57 PM   #5
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Do the rescue CD's have the fdisk and mkswap tools on them?
 
Old 02-17-2005, 08:15 PM   #6
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The one I've used (R.I.P) does, as does Knoppix,
btw ...


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