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Old 01-21-2009, 06:59 PM   #1
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Help Me!!!

Acting on the suggestion of a response I have purchased Suse 11.0 and want to install it on my computer. I presently have Suse 10.0 installed and want to upgrade to the newer version. I have looked at the DVD with YaST and tested it and it shows that it is ok.

I have attempted to have the computer boot from the DVD by making it the first item in the boot sequence. I have made the hard disk #2. For some reason it does not access the DVD drive and start the installation process.

I am not sure where to go from here. Some time ago I did install the Suse 10.0 and have the Suse Linux Bible as a reference but have not run across the correct page yet. Any help would be appreciated. Really a Newby!!
Old 01-21-2009, 07:22 PM   #2
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this may sound silly but you sead you purchased Suse 11.0 ----was that a premade cd mailed to you or a paid dl that you burned?
Old 01-21-2009, 07:32 PM   #3
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Hi jjtotten. First off, generally a tagline like yours doesn't really attract the veteran question takers. So you're stuck with me, I guess. Secondly, what kind of computer do you have? Is it a laptop or a desktop? How old is it? Some older computers can't boot from CD and you have to use a boot disk. Thirdly, When the computer starts up, see if there is a moment when you can choose to boot from CD, right at the beginning- it may have an option 'c' that lets you boot from cd. Sixth and lastly, (and I don't know SusE too well, and this might not apply here, but) why not upgrade with SusE 10.0? Most distros allow a software upgrade- Say, in Debian, you just change your repositories to the next stable release and type apt-get (debian's package manager)dist-upgrade (not as simple as that, but you get the idea).
Old 01-21-2009, 07:43 PM   #4
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Are you able to boot from any other setup or live CDs? As much as YaST verifies its integrity, there still may be something wrong with the copy Novell sent you. Trying to boot something else, say a Knoppix or Ubuntu, would help point to the disk or your box as the problem.
Old 01-21-2009, 07:43 PM   #5
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What else did you try?

Do live-cds boot? Did you try to burn a linux live-cd of openSUSE 11.0 or 11.1, or any other distro to test? If a live boot is not the problem, try to download and burn a DVD of either 11.0 or 11.1. It may be that the DVD you have is faulty. For questions about burning a CD or DVD see guides here on the forum.

By the way, "help me" is not the most informative, best title for your question. "help me" is often ignored by helpers. See this guide.


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