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Thread: Keep FACTORY_IMAGE ?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    South of France

    Default Keep FACTORY_IMAGE ?

    I'm about to install SuSE 11.1 on a brand new Compaq Presario.
    It came with Vista which I intend to wipe out and
    repartition the disk.

    On the disk there is a partition D: FACTORY_IMAGE.
    Is there any reason not to wipe that out?


  2. #2
    goldie NNTP User

    Default Re: Keep FACTORY_IMAGE ?

    one: check your computer's documentation for a warranty statement as
    many (most? all?) laptop makers VOID the warranty if you put any other
    OS on the hard drive..

    of course, many folks do that and then if the hardware breaks they set
    the drives BACK to the original configuration prior to sending the
    machine in for repair..

    therefore, unless you wish to VOID your warranty, be very sure you
    know exactly how to rebuild the factory installed system..

    two: many (most? all?) laptops have UNIQUE hardware...and some of the
    stuff in manufacturer's included partitions (some hidden) are needed
    for one reason or another...check your documentation..

    three: i've not bought a laptop since about '98, so get other opinions
    (hint: the forum has an advanced search page)

    Give a hacker a fish and you feed him for a day.
    Teach man and you feed him for a lifetime.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK

    Default Re: Keep FACTORY_IMAGE ?

    How big is it? I have a small manufacturer's partition on my new laptop which I just told openSUSE to ignore for the reason mentioned above - it might have something relevant from the manufacturer.

    I had to boot Vista once because the manufacturer's handbook was a PDF on the machine; but once, I had copied that to a CD, I let openSUSE rip.

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