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Old 09-20-2006, 04:55 AM   #1
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Question Need help installing SLED 10

Hey guys, I've recently attempted to install Novel Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on my computer to no
avail. At first, I booted to the dvd and went through the installation process. The suggested partitioning was
not ideal but I accepted it. (I want to dual boot both Windows XP and SLED 10.) Then, when the partitioning
began, it never got past 0%. The HDD light flickered furiously for a few minutes then stopped altogether.
20 minutes later it was still stuck on 0%. Clicking abort did nothing so I had to hit the reset button. I then
tried again to install it only to get an error -3027 as soon as it went to begin partitioning. I took a guess
that it failed to install due to a problem with my dvd drive, so I copied it to my hard drive and did an install
from disk. This time, the recommended partitioning was to delete Windows entirely. Not good! As I don't know
much about the partitioning side of installing Linux, I was unable to create a custom setup, although I do
have a few ideas. Should I create a partition just for the installation program? Will this give a better
recommended partition strategy? Or should I create the partitions first, using Partition Magic? If so, how do I
go about this? And would the SLED installer be able to integrate into the partitions I create myself? This
would be preferred since I don't want Linux to hog my entire hard disk as the installer initially recommended
it to do. I have a 111gb HDD and I want to give about 30gb to Linux. I'm just not sure how to partition it
myself as I know you have to create a swap partition and numerous other ones. I'm also not sure if I make
the partitions myself will the SLED installer know what I've done and be able to install it and set it up to
run on the partitions I create. Also, if all goes pear-shaped, will I be able to delete Linux and merge its
partitions back with Windows again? I'm very confused about all this! If anyone could help me out it would be
greatly appreciated!
Old 09-20-2006, 06:39 AM   #2
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Hello i am also a noob but from what i recall you can do the partitioning through the suse setup and imho the default partitioning of suse is extreme i only do 2 partitions one swap an the / thats all i know i hope i helped though you should get a seconed opinion
Old 09-20-2006, 07:46 AM   #3
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Create a customer partitioning. You need only swap partition... usually 512MB is enough and / (root) partition.
If you want to have more you're welcome to make them but I'd suggest the above partitioning as it's the most simple for a newbie

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