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Old 07-14-2005, 07:40 PM   #1
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Swap Partition Error Installing SUSE 9.3

Right, I have a new, boxed version of SUSE 9.3 (itís like Christmas, been eager to move away from Windows for years) I want to try out on an old PII 350mhz with 64mb ram. With great delight I formatted the hard disk with a DOS boot disk. I then started the SUSE installation, how ever, during install a message pops up telling me I donít have enough RAM and that I need to create a swap partition and asks me toÖ ďenter the swap partition (e.g., /dev/sda2)Ē but whatever I enter I get an error! Do I have to accept that the machine does not have enough RAM? Or do I need to format the H/D? If so how do I do this? Or is there some path that I should be entering?

Please please help, having used Windows for so long I now feel like Iím starting a nightmare all over again!!!

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Old 07-14-2005, 07:58 PM   #2
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64 MB is not a lot of RAM. What you'll probably have to do is get a small CD or Floppy distro (maybe Tom's rootboot or Damn Small Linux) and run fdisk to create a Linux swap partition. You may also need to run mkswap on the partition. You might check and see if there's a rescue mode on your SuSE CD that can do that for you, too.

BTW, KDE or Gnome will absolutely crawl on 64 MB. A lightweight manager such as Fluxbox or XFCE should be OK (certainly not blazing), though.
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"Chips are cheap." Save yourself some grief... pop the lid on your computer, figure out what kind of SIMMs or DIMMs or whatevers you need, and how many of those puppies your computer will hold, and order some. Give your computer an abundance of RAM. More than anything else you can do it will be money well-spent. (And not a lot of money. I've bought 256MB SIMMs that "nobody wants anymore" for about eight bucks... because "nobody wants 'em anymore." Nobody 'cept me. And $30 to $60 might be retail for many devices. Splurge.
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Just to say the same thing a third time: I've had EXACTLY the same problem, except that Suse was 9.2 and the pentium was 450 mhz. BUY MORE RAM IN ANY CASE, otherwise it will take at least 15 seconds from the click on the k-menu button to the menu actually showing up! But if you wanna proceed with the installation before the memory is shipped, do this: Use a knoppix cd to create a swap partition. you must format the partition with the "swap" file system. then boot again from the suse installation and when it asks for the swap partition, enter the device path of it (should be the same as in knoppix and should be autodetected by suse). then continue with the installation. Yast will now start up properly (though on my box it ran only on text mode, but that's not a real problem).
This is a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem with the Suse installer: You cannot start Yast to create a swap partion until you've started yast and created the swap partition.

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Old 07-15-2005, 06:19 PM   #5
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Thanks For your Help

Yup, I'm going to get more RAM ASAP. So frustrating, like having to wait for the rest of the family to start opening your Christmas presents. Anyway, thanks for all your help. Maybe not today but sometime soon I will be free of this MS scourge. Well maybe not totally but hey.


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