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Old 03-12-2002, 11:39 AM   #1
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Further problems with HP Omnibook XE3L

I cannot load both Windows XP and SuSE 7.3 onto my laptop. My HP rescue disk / XP disk reformats everytime I load it.

I have opted for Win98SE. This loaded up, no problem. But - my SuSE boot up CD isn't recognised by the notebook. I can load manually, but I can't seem to use any other CD than number 1. I can't load on Star Office etc and no packages are listed in YaST2 setup.
In summary -
I can dual boot using LILO.
W98 is all there (unfortunately)
SuSE partially loads - but I can't do a "with Office" package install.
Old 03-12-2002, 03:26 PM   #2
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Very odd... A few things:

If the laptop isn't booting from CDROM correctly, you could:

A) check the BIOS to make sure that it will boot from the CDrom before the HD.

B) If you have a floppy drive, make a couple of SuSe boot floppies (The images and instructions should be on CD 1 somewhere) and try that flavor of install, which has worked for me with every other distro. I've only installed SuSe on a Sparc.

C) Boot floppies again, but this time with a net install, but this is a headache unless you have broadband and a lot of time.


Just download StarOffice after the fact off of the website (its big, 100+ Mb), and then any SuSe specific utilities you need you can install via RPM one at a time off of either the CDs or download them.

Hope that helps,


Old 03-12-2002, 05:22 PM   #3
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wierd HP notebook

What happens is that the SuSE boot CD is picked up on boot up but it isn't recognised and then I am offered a manual install - which goes to the CD and boots from there. Not like my SuSE desktop at all. For standard install + office, CD 3 is requested - but it is rejected by the laptop (but CD 3 is fine!). I don't particularly need Star Office (it's on my desktop) because I'm happy with kate but sometimes I need Abiword. I know I could load this directly from the CD / ftp - but curiosity is killing my cat - why is this happening to me? I guess I'm taking it personally but....


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