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    Question Installation on a HP Mini

    A month ago, my HP Mini 1035NR, with a Windows XP system died. Since then, it won't boot into Windows. I tried installing Ubuntu via a bootable USB with no luck. I have finally been able to create a working bootable USB running the Gnome version of Open Suse 11.3. Aside from not picking up my ethernet connection to the Internet, my bigger issue is I can't install Open Suse from the USB. I get a message when I try to install that there may not be enough memory and it hangs at the section where you choose your time zone.

    I would really like to install the latest version of Open Suse with KDE. Is there anything else I can do?

    Thanks,
    NF

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    When the install tells you "that there may not be enough memory", would you mind telling us how much memory there is to make people able to assess if that is true.
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    Hi Henk,

    When I checked the memory in the BIOS settings, it shows 1024 MB total. I also ran a memory test from the BIOS that indicates 1010 MB are available.

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    1Gb should be enough.

    I only asked becuse you failed to tell us and it would be logical to add that to the error your reported.

    You say you "USB running the Gnome version of Open Suse 11.3". Again no furher information at all on how you did this. How can we ever try to help you where something goes wrong when you do not provide us with the maximum of information instead of the minimum. As in 2010, also in 2011 most of us have to try to help without the availability of crystal balls.
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    Funny thing about crystal balls, they don't work well for me either. I didn't expect to get into philosophical debates on errors in reasoning with my inquiry. As much as I enjoy dissecting fallacies in logic, I would prefer not to do so here for the benefit of all participants in the forum. As I am a beginner, not a Linux or SuSe expert, I have no idea of exactly what technical information is needed to assist me. However, I am happy to fill in any gaps as I become aware of them (Ie., when I am asked a question).

    At any rate, the bootable USB with the live Gnome version of Open Suse 11.3 was created on another Linux machine, using Ubuntu 10.10 and the Imagewriter software. I have tried installing from the USB in both the graphical and text modes. In both cases, I received a warning message that I have "less than 1 GB of memory and installation may fail" with advice to close other running applications. The only application I am aware of running that could interfere with this is using Live Open SuSe USB. When I over-rode the warning, for each mode of installation, it at the "Clock and Time Zone" setting option.

    The only other thing I noticed that may be relevant is when I tried the text installation, I noticed a message that the USB appears to be mounted in 'read-only' mode.

    If there is more information you need, please ask so I can provide it.

    Thank you,
    NF

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    On 2010-12-31 22:36, hcvv wrote:
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    > 1Gb should be enough.


    The "gnome version" must be the live CD, which uses more memory than the DVD.

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    On 2011-01-01 03:36, newcastlefox wrote:

    > I have tried installing from the USB in both the
    > graphical and text modes. In both cases, I received a warning message
    > that I have "less than 1 GB of memory and installation may fail" with
    > advice to close other running applications.


    You could create a swap partition in advance. That would solve the memory
    problem.

    > When I over-rode the warning, for each mode of installation, it at
    > the "Clock and Time Zone" setting option.


    Might be unrelated.


    > The only other thing I noticed that may be relevant is when I tried the
    > text installation, I noticed a message that the USB appears to be
    > mounted in 'read-only' mode.


    That's normal, the procedure is to copy the cd image to the usb disk, which
    now appears as a CD. It is unwriteable.

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    Ok, partitioning the prior to installation is something I am willing to try. Can I do this while I am running the Live version of Gnome on the USB?
    I think I know the procedure to use the terminal to view my current partitions on the hard drive:

    Start the Live CD, and press F3 at the installation menu.

    When the terminal comes up, login as 'linux' , for the password use <enter>

    Switch to root permission by typing 'su', for the password use <enter>

    Type 'swapon -s' and <enter> to view the current partition.

    Note the file size.

    Type 'df -h' and note the name of the hard drive with unallocated space.

    What do I do from this point on? Once the drive is partitioned, do I start yast and proceed with the text based installation as per caf4296's tutorial? Also (I know this sounds dumb) but what is the command to shutdown or reboot the machine from text mode?

    Thanks,
    NF

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    On 2011-01-02 02:06, newcastlefox wrote:
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    > Ok, partitioning the prior to installation is something I am willing to
    > try. Can I do this while I am running the Live version of Gnome on the
    > USB?


    Yes, any live would do. If that live can run yast and the partitioner
    module, that would be the easiest.

    > I think I know the procedure to use the terminal to view my current
    > partitions on the hard drive:
    >
    > Start the Live CD, and press F3 at the installation menu.
    >
    > When the terminal comes up, login as 'linux' , for the password use
    > <enter>
    >
    > Switch to root permission by typing 'su', for the password use <enter>
    >
    > Type 'swapon -s' and <enter> to view the current partition.


    That's is if there is already a swap space.

    The procedure, assuming all the disk is available, is to start "fdisk" or
    the partitioner of your choice, and create at least a partition for swap -
    notice that you can not change this partition during installation later. Or
    create all the partitions you will use.

    To prepare an existing partition for swap, the command is "mkswap
    /dev/device". I also give it a label: "mkswap -L MySwap /dev/device".


    If you already have swap space, then the procedure is, at the beginning of
    the install, switch to a text console, do 'swapon -s' to see if swap has
    been activated, and if not, activate it using 'swapon /dev/device".

    Then, go back to the waiting graphical install window (ctrl-alt-f7) and
    continue.

    > Also (I know this sounds dumb) but what is the command to
    > shutdown or reboot the machine from text mode?


    "halt" or "reboot" :-)

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