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Old 02-25-2008, 09:47 AM   #1
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SuSe Enterprise 9x causing installation of Debian issues?


I have SuSe Enterprise 9x installed on a Dell PowerEdge sc240. I am wanting to install Debian over top of the current distro. It really does not matter what distro I try to install it just seems to hang. I have tried others.

However, if I go back to the old SuSe install disks it comes up with no problem.

Is there something I need to do to get another distro to overwrite this installation of SuSe?

Also, is there something I can do to format this SATA drive without a floppy drive?

I do not have another system / computer so moving the internal drive over and formatting FAT is not an option.

The big question would be.. Will formatting fix this issue?



Thanks,
b

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Old 02-26-2008, 03:40 AM   #2
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I have SuSe Enterprise 9x installed on a Dell PowerEdge sc240.
As you have SLED installed, your support contract entitles you to upgrades. Why not go to SLED10sp1? Or perhaps you want to replace the existing SLED install with Debian?
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I am wanting to install Debian over top of the current distro.
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Is there something I need to do to get another distro to overwrite this installation of SuSe?
No. While it is possible that there is some hardware problem which may block an installer, that SuSE EL9 installer is fine would suggest not.

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Also, is there something I can do to format this SATA drive without a floppy drive?
Yes ... boot from the install media and use the provided gparted. If you have a recent version of Debian, it will handle this.

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The big question would be.. Will formatting fix this issue?
Maybe... but I cannot tell because all you've told me is:
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it just seems to hang.
Which tells me nothing much.

Presumably you can still boot SuSE?
Enter lspci and copy the results here... this will give us some idea of the HW you have.

Pick a distro you would like to install - a recent one. Attempt to boot from the install disk and describe your progress.

Which distro? Which release? How far does the install process get before it hangs?
 
Old 02-26-2008, 06:46 AM   #3
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Thank you for the response Simon Bridge,

I am currently running SUSE Enterprise 9. I am looking at installing Debian 4.0r1. When I boot to the Debian CD I get to the [Boot] prompt and when I hit return it comes back with loading… and hangs indefinitely.

I also have attempt to boot using the different commands, i.e. install / installgui… etc… I get the same result, it goes to the loading… and hangs.

However, when I attempt to boot to the old SUSE install CDs it boots without a problem, which tells me the hardware is working correctly.

I might add, I have tried other distributions and the result is the same it hangs. It just appears that SUSE may be doing something that is preventing other distributions from installing. I have been running this release for several years now. As far as the support contract is concerned, it expired a couple of years back. I do have the openSUSE 10.2 CDs and may be forced to use them if I cannot work through this issue.

I was wanting to check out other distributions simply to see what they have to offer. It is difficult to make comparisons based on others opinions, which as you know, can be very biased in this arena of technology.

See results below and thanks…
b


Code:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation E7220/E7221 Memory Controller Hub (rev 04)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation E7220/E7221 PCI Express Root Port (rev 04)
0000:00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation E7221 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 04)
0000:00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
0000:00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev d3)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FR (ICH6/ICH6R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FR/FRW (ICH6R/ICH6RW) SATA Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
0000:02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 01)
 
Old 02-26-2008, 10:22 AM   #4
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"loading..." means the install kernel. This suggests that the CD may be slightly damaged... try reburning at a lower speed.

Try extra boot parameters:
DEBIAN_FRONTEND=text BOOT_DEBUG=2 fb=false priority=low

http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...h05s03.html.en
Of course, you may want to try alternate boot methods. Or see if the media will boot to rescue mode.

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I was wanting to check out other distributions simply to see what they have to offer. It is difficult to make comparisons based on others opinions, which as you know, can be very biased in this arena of technology.
Oh yes I agree... everyone is just soo biased... except me of course. I am a paragon of virtue. You can accept my opinion in anything.

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20040111
Gentile Linux is best!

Last edited by Simon Bridge; 02-26-2008 at 10:36 AM.
 
  


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