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Old 07-26-2005, 11:32 PM   #1
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I am a newbie to Linux. I want to do a dual boot with windows XP Home.
My machine is a gateway with an AMD chip not the 64 bit one.

1) Do I have to first partition my hard drive or will the linux program
partition it for me?

2) I tried installing SUSE prof 9-1 evaluation without partitioning and it
booted. It went through its stuff and then came to the part of the
software. It said "cannot read package data from installation media
and then media Error. I tried to hit the apply button but it gave me the
message Error No Proposal. Then it would not continue its installation

How do I fix the first question and fix the second question to get it to install on my hard drive.
I read there are free programs used to partition. Does anyone know the names and where I can get them.

Thanks for any help.

Old 07-26-2005, 11:55 PM   #2
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If your trying to install SuSE the installer should repartition for you without a problem, if your worried about it your always more than welcome to pre partition your harddrive using something like Partition Magic.

For the second issue you may have a bad CD, if you downloaded the CD try re-downloading it and starting over.
Old 07-27-2005, 12:39 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ! My suggestions:

1. I think it's safer to take care of the partitioning work as a separate task before doing the Linux installation, rather than to make it a step within the Linux installation. As always, just to play it safe, backup any important data first -- making changes to your partitions can be risky.

2. You might consider installing Suse v9.3, which is available in a 5 CD set from this official SuSE mirror. Be sure to run the checksum to confirm the integrity of the ISO images you download; apart from that the installation should proceed smoothly.

Good luck with it -- J.W.


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