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Old 02-20-2005, 07:02 AM   #16
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why wouldn't you want SuSE to format your drives?


Okay - so you might not want it to format /home (particularly if you have a previous installation of linux), but / swap /boot etc - they are all going to be touched by SuSE during the install - and should be clean! You don't mention whether you finally allowed SuSE to format your partitions - could this be the source of all your problems? Failing that you might want to check your BIOS settings.

I used to use partition magic to chop up disks on dual boot machines, before installing SuSE. Now I just install windows (if I absolutely have to), then direct Yast (SuSE's GUI based installer) towards the free space, and chop and format using the installer.

Really you should spend more time trying to trouble shoot your problems (+ seeking help), than trying 3 times to install, failing each time, then giving up - then moaning about it.

Honestly......I'm disappointed too, but not with SuSE.......

Cheers, Jon.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 08:35 AM   #17
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So leave Mepis on, so what?

Mepis is a great distro, more power to ya.
 
Old 02-21-2005, 04:07 AM   #18
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Re: why wouldn't you want SuSE to format your drives?

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Originally posted by skunkcabbage Really you should spend more time trying to trouble shoot your problems (+ seeking help), than trying 3 times to install, failing each time, then giving up - then moaning about it.

Honestly......I'm disappointed too, but not with SuSE.......
I've offered to - nobody has told me what data I should be looking to keep.
I have a small window of opportunity to re-test this, and it's getting smaller.

You can't say I didn't offer - see my previous posts.

Sepero - given the flaming, I probably will.
 
Old 02-21-2005, 04:09 AM   #19
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I'm not understanding your wanting to "keep" something, as the install didn't complete, sorry. Can you say more?
 
Old 02-21-2005, 04:15 AM   #20
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My apologies.. just read your earlier statements. Keep all your logs and (obviously) any error messages.
 
Old 02-21-2005, 04:22 AM   #21
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My plans were to cut /var/log/ to a CD - from Knoppix in need.
If I'm in the installer, will "dmesg" from another virtual console be available/useful ???.

I'm probably only going to get one go at this.
 
Old 02-21-2005, 04:25 AM   #22
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Contact me off board if you can. I cannot answer your question about dmesg unfortunately, but I'm sure someone else can.
 
Old 02-21-2005, 07:08 AM   #23
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Sorry JSpired, not allowed.
But the deed is done.

Reformatted all partitions except home - no real reason, just something to test.
Yast accepted Shift-PrtSc to enable me to save screen images.

However: Just cranked Knoppix up to save the logs (there were a pile under /var/YaST2/)
Small problem - to write to the CD, I have to umoun tit - except it's busy. Knoppix remember.
Tried loading Knoppix with "toram", but with only half a Gig on this box, no-go.

Suggestions anyone ???

Edit: noticed grub on the DVD was 0.95. This is dodgy - I have had it masked on my Gentoo environment for a while. I refuse to install it.

Last edited by syg00; 02-21-2005 at 07:10 AM.
 
Old 02-21-2005, 07:20 AM   #24
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Does Darn Small Linux have "toram"?
 
Old 02-21-2005, 02:14 PM   #25
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Yes, SuSE does have tty's available during the install process. I believe there are two very limited ones available before YaST kicks in, and three more (almost normal) ones as soon as you see YaST. I think the decent ones were F4-6 (The initial blue screens are on F1; YaST is on F7, no surprise there).

Furthermore, some of the other tty's are used to display logging information. I don't know for sure what is logged to these, only that there are several ttys filled with text.
 
Old 02-22-2005, 07:35 AM   #26
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Sorry folks - the window to test this has closed. For me at least.
After trying to install grub 3 times, I replied "No" to the try again message.

Rebooted automatically, but died "Error 15" - graphics file (hd0,1)/message missing.
Hit a key to continue, died with the kernel missing.
Tried failsafe, same issue.

Tried Knoppix to use SSH to "scp" the logs across to my Gentoo box, but couldn't get the wifi card to fire up.
Tried DSL "toram" to cut a CD, but the (disk) log directories were locked - bashburn seemed to barf at this.
Also looks like the screen captures that I took under the Suse installer to /root are not on the disk. Can only assume they were written to a ramdisk during the install.
Mmmmm - fuck all use that was.

Under instructions to "get the bloody thing working", Mepis is back on and working.
End of discussion.
 
  


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