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Old 05-24-2006, 12:55 PM   #1
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Installation Question From A Real Newbie

I installed Mandrake and it ran 6 times slower than XP so I took it off. Now I will attempt to try SUSE. My 3 questions are:
1) Do I have to worry about that 1026 cylinder boundary or can I install to any partition?
2) Should I install it to an EXT 2 or 3 partition - advantages?
3) My BIOS won't recognize my secondary 200 Gig HD (it reads 136 Gig) - it is recognized only in XP or in Partition Magic. (I'm not buying a PCI card for a
K6 500MHz!!) Will SUSE installation recognize the 200 Gig (Mandrake did!) or should I just install it to my primary HD which is only 20 Gig and already has 2 other operating systems on it?

K6-III 500MHz
Award BIOS 4.51pg
nVidia G-Force 2 (200)
Primary HD 20 Gig Western Digital
Secondary HD 200 Gig Maxtor
Old 05-24-2006, 01:40 PM   #2
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use partition magic to split that 200 gig disk in to at least two 100 gig partitions then you can use all the disk space it has and will be read accurately...
Old 05-24-2006, 01:56 PM   #3
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I ripped XP home from a 100GB hard drive and installed SUSE 10.1 as my server o/s I used the advanced features in the YAST partitioner to remove all the old partitions and install a default SUSE 10.1 partition setup with ReiserFS I haven't used EXT2/3 in a few years so I really don't know the difference other that I "hear" ReiserFS is a lot mor stable. Can't verify that though but it's fairly easy to setup partitions in SuSE in any ver from I would say at least 9.1 to 10.1 hopefully you're using 10.1 as it's sooooooo awesome! (as in Linux as a whole but you get the idea)
Old 05-26-2006, 12:14 PM   #4
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Decided to use ReiserFS since it was the default setting in SUSE. However, it seems Partition Magic doesn't recognize this filing system so my hard drive under PM reads "Bad". This is a problem if I need to create new partitions under PM. Will have to convert SUSE back to EXT3.
Old 05-26-2006, 01:00 PM   #5
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Or you could use fdisk, cfdisk, QTparted, gparted. All of which will recognize Reiser file systems.


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