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    Default lenovo s10-2 opensuse 11.1 - 11.2 installation - grub

    The lenovo s10-2 has a quick shift boot function and recovery partitioned.

    As windows xp is preloaded I would like to add opensuse 11.1 or the beta 11.2 as dual boot.

    Is there anything special on installation of the boot manager grub I have to care about?
    Not to destroy the recovery or the quick shift boot.

    Does anyone has already a lenovo s10-2 installed with opensuse?

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    Default Re: lenovo s10-2 opensuse 11.1 - 11.2 installation - grub

    > Does anyone has already a lenovo s10-2 installed with opensuse?

    http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Laptops/IBM
    http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/lenovo.html
    http://www.google.com/linux?hl=en&q=...-2&btnG=Search

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    Default Re: lenovo s10-2 opensuse 11.1 - 11.2 installation - grub

    OK, from the top of my head.

    When installing openSUSE just make sure uncheck the automatic setup option during the install. This will give you the option to add / configure your own partitions. Then add your openSUSE partitions after the windows one. The recovery partition is usually at the end of the disk (well that's how it is on Thinkpads) so your partitions will go in the middle. Make sure you add at least a /boot partition as well as /home and /swap. the rest can be /.
    Make sure you set GRUB to boot from the boot partition.

    You should then be OK, as the dual boot will be controlled by GRUB without messing with the original windows boot record.
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    Default Re: lenovo s10-2 opensuse 11.1 - 11.2 installation - grub

    Thanks,

    so if I get it right I should install the bootloader in to a separat boot partition and not into the boot partition.

    Why should I use a separate /home partition why not use just a boot, swap and root partition?

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: lenovo s10-2 opensuse 11.1 - 11.2 installation - grub

    > so if I get it right I should install the bootloader in to a separat
    > boot partition and not into the boot partition.


    i don't what is best, for you and your lenovo, but this i believe you
    can sort it out by listening to other ibm/lenovo users and reference
    to existing guides....both of these are openSUSE specific:

    the community's install partitioning guide: http://tinyurl.com/ybpbryk

    one of our moderator's personal site:
    http://opensuse.swerdna.org/index.html
    see the lower right corner..


    > Why should I use a separate /home partition why not use just a boot,
    > swap and root partition?


    if you do what is normally done when using Linux all of your stuff
    (photos, movies, emails, music, etc etc etc) will be in /home/[you]/

    and if you (say) have a mate/child/friend etc who is also using the
    machine then their stuff would be in /home/[them]/

    AND, if you wanna format and install a completely different Linux
    operating system you can EASILY do that and mount all the old personal
    stuff right in..

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    Default Re: lenovo s10-2 opensuse 11.1 - 11.2 installation - grub

    Quote Originally Posted by asemen View Post
    Thanks,

    so if I get it right I should install the bootloader in to a separat boot partition and not into the boot partition.

    Why should I use a separate /home partition why not use just a boot, swap and root partition?
    I have not used a s10-2 but being a Lenovo I'd assume it's not too dis-similar to a Thinkpad and has the recovery partition which can be accessed at boot time via the blue Thinkvantage button.

    If you want to preserve this as well as not mess up the Windows boot record then, yes install the oS bootloader in the /boot partition. Then when the laptop boots, you're presented with the Grub boot menu where you can select when OS to boot.

    Pressing the Thinkvantage button before the Grub boot menu will invoke the Lenovo recovery system.

    The problem with allowing oS to replace the Windows boot record is that if ever you ever want to remove oS, windows will fail to boot.

    That's how it works on my Thinkpad. I found plenty of info on this and specifically an article which expalined it all in detail. Unfortunately I cannot find it at the moment but will look later when I have more time.
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    Default Re: lenovo s10-2 opensuse 11.1 - 11.2 installation - grub

    OK, I found these two articles which will help.
    Thinkwiki article
    A user's experience and the /boot partition
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    Default Re: lenovo s10-2 opensuse 11.1 - 11.2 installation - grub

    finally did get openSUSE 11.2 installed on my lenovo s10-2.

    did copy the gnome live cd on usb stick using dd
    e.g
    dd if=/gnome-live-cd-11.2.iso of=/dev/sdb

    did boot form usb and did start installation.

    on grub option did install the boot loader into extended partition /dev/sda3 the swap partition is sda5 and root is on sda6.

    Windows system is on sda1
    and on sda2 some lenovo staff
    on sba5 is a ntfs portion.

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