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    Default opensuse 11.1 install freeze

    Hello all,

    I already installed opensuse few weeks ago with no problems on my dell xps m1530. Since it was my first step into linux world it was more a test rather than anything else. Now i'm getting confortable with opensuse and wanted to format my computer and reinstall clean Vista and opensuse.

    This time opensuse wont install both with 32bit or 64bit version. I follow all the steps that has to be done prior the installation. both DVD have no problems. I get the boot screen, click install, the rest goes on normally but then when proper installation start it freezes. It always freeze at 'preparing disks' at 1%. I can move my mouse, but can't click anything and i am forced to manually switch off my computer.

    I tried several time changin the options (video...)in the boot screen. Nothing changes. i really don't understand why few days ago i could install it without problemd and now it freezes. hope you can help me...

    thanks

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    Default Re: opensuse 11.1 install freeze

    You could do with telling us something about the spec of the computer you are having a problem with, including RAM?

    At the install summary, just before you commit, in the summary list, scroll to the lower section and try NOT using Images.
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    Default Re: opensuse 11.1 install freeze

    logicazero wrote:
    > wanted to format my computer and reinstall clean Vista and
    > opensuse.


    do we assume you first formatted the _entire_ hard drive and did a new
    install of Vista to the entire drive...like it came from the vendor?
    what did you use to format the drive?

    or did you do something else?

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    Default Re: opensuse 11.1 install freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    You could do with telling us something about the spec of the computer you are having a problem with, including RAM?

    At the install summary, just before you commit, in the summary list, scroll to the lower section and try NOT using Images.

    I'll check that. I'll edit this message asap. Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by natural_pilot View Post
    logicazero wrote:
    > wanted to format my computer and reinstall clean Vista and
    > opensuse.


    do we assume you first formatted the _entire_ hard drive and did a new
    install of Vista to the entire drive...like it came from the vendor?
    what did you use to format the drive?

    or did you do something else?

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    I used the recovery disks provided by dell. I followed all the steps as described on dell web site. Nothing more. It's not the first time i format my computer.

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    Default Re: opensuse 11.1 install freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    You could do with telling us something about the spec of the computer you are having a problem with, including RAM?

    At the install summary, just before you commit, in the summary list, scroll to the lower section and try NOT using Images.
    mmh i'n not sure i understand your question. In the summary screen there's nowhere a list with problems detected. Regarding the spec of my laptop, i get only the 'processor' and 'main memory' listed:

    Processor : 2x Intel Core2Duo CPU T8300@2.40 Ghz
    Main Memory: 3.75

    Why i get 2 times the processor? if i go and check the details for the proccessors everything is exactly the same exept for 'Old Unique Key' and 'Unique key'. Is that normal?

    p.s. sorry for my english i hope you can understand me

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    Default Re: opensuse 11.1 install freeze

    You said:
    I already installed opensuse few weeks ago with no problems
    So are we talking the same computer and same install media?

    What is currently installed? Vista?
    If you have not prepared the disc with partitions already and are letting suse shrink Vista - Consider setting up the partitions first, then try the install.
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    Default Re: opensuse 11.1 install freeze

    ok caf, sorry for the poor info i gave on my pc spec.

    it's a dell xps m1530
    Core2Duo CPU T8300@2.40 Ghz
    500 gb hd (partition 1 47mb - partition 2 465 gb with vista installed)
    4gb ram
    nvidia m 8600 gt
    runinng windows vista 64bit

    And yes, same computer and same media. I even tried to burn the opensuse iso on a new dvd but nothing changed

    Regarding the manual partitioning, something weird is happening and i guess here's the problem. When i try to shrink my vista partition I can only shrink 82 mb! This is very strange because when i installed opensuse few weeks ago i managed to create a new partition and i could choose 150gb without problem. I finally decided to let opensuse installer make the partitioning since i wasn't sure how to follow the instructions i found on the tutorials, and it worked like a charm.

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    Default Re: opensuse 11.1 install freeze

    So now I'm not sure where we are. It almost sounds like you have sorted it:
    I finally decided to let opensuse installer make the partitioning since i wasn't sure how to follow the instructions i found on the tutorials, and it worked like a charm.
    Or was that last time?
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    caf4926,

    i _think_ he installed openSUSE and then used the OEM Vista rescue
    [sic] to install over it...but, of course Vista CAN NOT SEE the linux
    partitions so it could only format the M$ partitions it DID
    see...which accounts for logicazero's new apparent HHD size of only 82
    mb..

    you do it so well, i now step back and let you guide him through the
    gates...

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    Default Re: opensuse 11.1 install freeze

    Quote Originally Posted by natural_pilot View Post
    caf4926,

    i _think_ he installed openSUSE and then used the OEM Vista rescue
    [sic] to install over it...but, of course Vista CAN NOT SEE the linux
    partitions so it could only format the M$ partitions it DID
    see...which accounts for logicazero's new apparent HHD size of only 82
    mb..

    you do it so well, i now step back and let you guide him through the
    gates...

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    Yikes. What the heck.
    I'm reckoning use a live cd to grab any files you need to backup. Then wipe the disc clean. You could then create a ntfs partition the size you want for Vista or just Install Vista (if you must), then shrink out what you want.

    But first, use a live cd and get us the output of:

    Code:
    fdisk -l
    we'll have a look and see if we can offer any other suggestions.

    Thing is, I would have expected the Vista recovery disc to wipe the lot anyway to put it back to factory crappiness.
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