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    Default Moving HD to new computer

    Hi,

    I am buying a "new" used P4 to replace my older P3. Yes, I know both are old.

    Nevertheless... I am planning on moving the HD from the old computer to the "new" one, along with my graphics and sound cards and the CD writer.

    Now the question, do I need to do something special for the new hardware (motherboard, processor and ethernet card) to be recognised by openSUSE? I remember having read that I have to run at least one command in CLI, but I cannot remember which one.

    If anyone has any clue, it would be kindly appreciated.
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    Default Re: Moving HD to new computer

    The Repair System on the install media should make most of the modifications needed to the disk partition names, modules loaded, as well as the network, sound and video interfaces.

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    Default Re: Moving HD to new computer

    Quote Originally Posted by TioDuke View Post
    Hi,

    I am buying a "new" used P4 to replace my older P3. Yes, I know both are old.
    Hey, they still work! Heck I'm just upgrading from P3 to P4 (and Pentium M in a laptop) this past year.
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    Default Re: Moving HD to new computer

    Thank you very much. I'll try the Repair System option on the installation CD (openSUSE 10.3).

    I think I'll copy the partition to another place in the disk (I have a spare partition that is currently unused) with gparted before I start, in case I screw things up.

    I'll keep you posted with my results.
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    Default Re: Moving HD to new computer

    I just wanted to give you an update.

    Everything went quite smooth! I booted into openSUSE after moving the hard drive to the new computer and it detected the new network interface. Then YaST kicked in and gave the option to configure it. The on-board sound card did not seem to work, but as it had only one output plug (which would mean that I had to choose between headset or speakers) I decided to move the one in my old box. Eveything else (dvd reader, etc.) was detected too, so it was not necessary for me to use the Repair option.

    Thank you again for your support.
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    Default Re: Moving HD to new computer

    Excellent, it looks like openSUSE is getting smarter and smarter. With M$ this would have meant many minutes on hold, quoting 56 character codes, just to transfer the activation. Then hoping it works. And cursing when something doesn't.

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    Default Re: Moving HD to new computer

    It is a funny thing that you mention m$. I'll give more detail on what happened to show you how "the alien thing" still lying on my HD behaved.

    So. I bought a P4 that has a dvd reader only, on-board video and sound card. My old box had a cd reader/writer, a Nvidia card and a cheap PCI sound card. I swapped HDs, moved the cd reader/writer and the Nvidia card to the "new" computer.

    First thing I checked when I booted up was the BIOS' setup. Neither the dvd reader nor the cd reader/writer were detected. So, as I did not want to bork my Linux, I booted to win2k: a big fat FAIL. Some kind of blue screen with some crypted error code saying that something bad happened and it was not able to boot. The next thing I wanted to try was a KNOPPIX Live CD. This CD had been able to boot in whatever hardware I put. The thing is, it did not but that was because the cd and dvd drives were undetected (obvious! I should have thought of that before). The BIOS booted directed into the HD and, at that stage, I let it boot openSUSE. Well, openSUSE booted fine, it detected and gave me the option to configure the network interface. Sound was not working and there was no sign of either the dvd reader and cd reader/writer.

    Then I remember that during installation of the cd-rom I did not check the bl00dy jumpers as i thought the were set to "Cable select". I opened the box and they weren't!! So changed that and decided to install my old cheap PCI sound card as it has always worked fine and it has plugs for both speakers and headsets (the on-board one did not). Next, I checked once again the BIOS's setup and this time both dvd reader and cd reader/writer were visible. I disabled the on-board sound card (as I wouldn't be using it). Then let Linux boot. All my hardware was detected and functional.

    As for win2k... I did not try to boot it up again as I could not care less. One day I will be man enough to reclaim that space for something more useful.
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