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Old 07-23-2007, 12:11 PM   #1
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Not enough memory to run YaST

OK, first post for a total newbie!!!

Need to get a basic understanding of LINUX and it has to be SUSE, so have a TOSHIBA Satellite Pro, A10, which was running XP OK. Laptop has 30GB H/D and 512MB RAM, not intrested in keeping XP so just want a LINUX Laptop which can be used to "play" with the OS.

Have downloaded the five CD images of OpenSUSE 10.2, no problem.

Booted to CD 1 and laptop sat there for ages, by ages I mean over 2Hours, and left with a BLACK screen.

If I try a boot from HD, I now get NO OPERATING SYSTEM so assume XP has gone?

Booting from the CD I now get "Your computer does not have enough memory to run YaST" To continue, activate some swap space.

Hitting, "CONTINUE", I get "Enter the swap partition (E.g. /dev/sda2) Have tried to enter /dev/hda1-8, /dec/hdb1-8 and any other combination of hda-b-c-d, sda-b-c-d etc etc 1-8 etc

I always get the same RED error "Error activating swap space".

Any, easy solutions to this don't want to give up on LINUX as the little exposure I have had I'm liking it more than Windozes.


Old 07-23-2007, 01:18 PM   #2
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How did you partition the drive? I now always use a GParted Live CD rather that the tools on the Suse install disks. This gives you a minimal Linux that will run in about 50Mb of RAM, with some good GUI tools, apart from the partitioner.

If you are going to play, I suggest you start with this 5 or 6 Gb for the root partition "/", about 1Gb for swap, and maybe a 10Gb /home partition then make the rest some backup space for keeping data in while playing. Format all except the swap partition to ext3 for least hassle.

If you get the "not enough memory for YaST" error again, it should also say something like "use /dev/hda4 for swap? Continue?". Hit enter and it should continue.

If you still get trouble, boot the GParted disk, open a terminal and type "lspci" at the prompt, and it will give you a screen full of data. In the data will be a list of your hardware.


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