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Old 02-02-2007, 11:10 AM   #1
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Major system upgrade, can I keep my settings?

I have just installed a new motherboard, processor, graphics card and RAM. This means my current system spec is:

AMD Athlon 3800+ AM2 64bit X2 (2.0ghz)
OCZ Value 1 x 1gb DDR2 533mhz RAM
nVidia 7950GT (512mb) PCI-E x16
MSI K9VGM-V Motherboard (VIA Chipset)
Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
1 x 160gb S-ATA hard disk
1 x 40gb IDE hard disk

I have been running SuSE 10.2, and I have it set up how I like it. I also have a lot of my files saved on there. However, now that I have changed motherboard, my install no longer detects my S-ATA hard disk (which SuSE is installed on).

Can I reinstall without losing my personal files and settings?
Old 02-02-2007, 11:37 AM   #2
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you can keep your settings, but you have to start before you upgrade.
make backups of your configuration files. or simply "upgrade" if you are using a user-friendly distro like mandriva or suse.
most just reinstall drivers/esentials and leave the configuration as it is.

note: if your conf. files might conflict with new software installed. so be carefull and make backups nontheless.
Old 02-02-2007, 12:12 PM   #3
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Yes. You can backup your home directory. There are at least three special precautions you must take.

1) Make sure you backup the hidden files/directories in your home directory. This is where your per-user configuration is held. In gnome you can right click in the directory and choose "Show Hidden Files". In the console you can do:
ls -la ~
The files beginning with . (dot) are your configs.

2) Not everything is transferable. If your new environment has a different file structure, etc.. then some of your config files may have broken file references. So, don't just blindly copy your old home directory to your new one

3) System-wide configuration is held in /etc. You may want to backup this directory as well.

Good luck


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