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    Default dual boot problem

    i am trying to install opensuse 11.2 to my vaio laptop
    i have win7 pro 64 bit already installed
    so i'm trying dual booting

    i have followed the below steps

    1- on windows, shrink the c partition and create a new unused volume for suse
    2- install the suse 11.2 on the new unused volume with hdd config like
    sda4 swap 4 gb
    sda5 20 gb / ext4
    sda6 120 gb ext4

    3- selected custom packages and started the installaton
    4- installation started smoothly and after installing packages it tried to reboot the machine at the end. But after this point the reboot operation has failed and gave a blank screen.

    At the end the installation failed.

    I started the machine vaio boot logo comes and stops. i can't even enter
    bios setup or change boot options.

    I have unplaged the hd reset the partions, pluged it again and recovered
    win7

    So i think the installation damaged the file system.

    i have tried the above steps 2 times and came up with the same result.

    I have installed fedora 13 before with no problem.

    But i have failed to install suse.

    Do you have any suggestions.

    Best Regards ...

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    Default Re: dual boot problem

    OK first mistake. Do not create a partition in Windows. Just leave the space empty the installer will create what it needs.

    Also what hardware? particularly the video.

    If you are doing a custom package install are you sure you did not leave something important out??

    Can you run a CD like Parted Magic or some other Distro to see what the disk looks like now. Windows is useless for this.

    the command as root is fdisk -l

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    Thanks for the reply first.

    Actually i did not created any partition on win
    just shrink the disk and leaved the rest as unused
    as the guide, i was following, says.

    i was installing custom packages but i don't think this is the problem because
    i do that all the time with other distros and i think installation adds necessary packages by default.

    i am usin vaio VPCB11DGX/B

    processor - intel i7 - 620M 2.66GHz
    memory - 6 gb DDR3/1066
    graphic chipset - Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset
    hard drive - 320GB

    i have left 150 gb for win7 and i was planning to install suse to the remaining
    150 gb

    thanks again

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    If you basically have a fresh install of win7 there, just boot up the suse dvd/cd and let it install from defaults. That is, let is shrink win7 and do all the partitioning automatically, see if you get a better result.
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    Hello eveyone

    Unfortunately i do'nt have a fresh install of win7
    and i got bored to unplag my hdd , reset , plug it back
    and recover win7

    as i said i've successfully installed fc13 to this machine with
    executing same steps and there was no problem.

    before trying to install suse again,
    all i want to know is, although other distros don't have such a problem
    what could be the cause of messing up the file system during suse installation.

    Kind Regards ...

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    What you are describing is far from normal, I know this is basic but, Have you checked the md5sum on the download, and the media? Have you tried to boot from, and run a liveCD version?

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    Ok, i have checked the media from the install menu and there was no problem.

    I am downloading the live cd i will try it

    i will also try to install the suse 11.2 to the virtual machine

    i 'll inform you about the results

    thanks for the help

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    Hi again,

    i've tried installing it to the virtual machine and the installation completed successfully

    but when i tried to boot from the live image same thing happened
    it loaded the kernel module but after that failed to start
    there was a blank screen again.

    thanks ...

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    Sounds like a graphics issue
    Is this what you have: graphic chipset - Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset?

    Press F3 at boot menu abd select VESA, see if it will boot with that
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    i've tried installing it to the virtual machine and the installation completed successfully

    but when i tried to boot from the live image same thing happened
    it loaded the kernel module but after that failed to start
    there was a blank screen again.
    This suggests a graphics driver issue. openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - openSUSE Forums

    The following is what I found unusual.

    I started the machine vaio boot logo comes and stops. i can't even enter
    bios setup or change boot options.

    I have unplaged the hd reset the partions, pluged it again and recovered
    win7

    So i think the installation damaged the file system.

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