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Old 09-27-2003, 09:10 AM   #1
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Setting up swap partition for new installation


Hi all

I'm trying to install SuSE 8.1 onto a low spec laptop which used to have Win95 on it, but following a reformat of the hard drive, now has a small MSDOS partition and another virgin partition waiting for some Linux goodness.

My problem is that when I start the installtion, there isn't enough memory to run YAST, so it asks for a swap disc location. Trouble is as far as I know there isn't a Linux file system anywhere on the hard drive at this point.

How to I format the partition as a linux system - the installation package doesn't give me any options.
 
Old 09-27-2003, 03:10 PM   #2
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if i got it right, you have 2 FAT32 (windows-type) partitions? how large? couldn't you reformat hd to have a single partition? that might help you to begin installation procedure.
anyway, you probably have less than 128MB of RAM, right? you should create a swap partition twice the size of your RAM, and set it before root partition (make it hda1 if possible)
 
Old 09-28-2003, 03:21 AM   #3
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Yeah, 2 DOS Fat-16 partitions.

I did originally have just one partition, but I was advised elsewhere that I should have 2. Happy to go back toone though if necessary!

Problem is, I have absolutely no idea how to go about making the swap partition, or any Linux file system (is that ext2?) partition for that matter.
 
Old 09-28-2003, 03:51 AM   #4
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the thing is suse is one of the bigger (more demanding) distros, so if you could write down your harware specifications, i could tell if on how to install it
i need hd size (both partitions), RAM and cpu
 
Old 09-28-2003, 07:55 AM   #5
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Processor is a Pentium II 150
Ram: 16MB
Hard drive: Partition 1 : 200MB Partition II : 800 MB

BIOS won;'t let me boot from CD so I'm using a SuSE installation boot disk.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
 
Old 09-28-2003, 10:22 AM   #6
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you should leave suse alone, and get some small distro - suse needs at LEAST 64MB of RAM and 1 GB of hard disk...
try vector it requires at least 16MB of RAM and 350mb of hard disk
http://www.linuxiso.org/distro.php?distro=28
this page contains to iso files (one is the "real" distro, other runs from a cd, so you can see if you like it)

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