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    Default Dual Boot / Multiple OS

    Just finished downloading OpenSuSE DVD installer on the site itself. Now my question is on how to do dual-boot or have multiple OS in my computer?

    I am definitely new on doing this. And I don't want my computer be messed up.

    I have searched for a guide on internet regarding this and I landed on this site. Would anyone please confirm the validity of the guide posted on the site? I am not a computer pro so I really need your help.

    Thank you very much!

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    Welcome here.

    In order to make it easier for anybody (not necessarily me)
    to answer your questions, a bit more of information is needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by guuwey View Post
    Just finished downloading OpenSuSE DVD installer
    Which one, openSUSE 12.2 64 bit (x86_64) ?

    Quote Originally Posted by guuwey View Post
    Now my question is on how to do dual-boot or have multiple OS
    I saw that you referred to a page describing multiboot with windows.
    But which windows do you have? XP, Vista, 7, 8 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by guuwey View Post
    in my computer?
    How old is it: new, more than 3 years old?
    Is it a desktop PC or a laptop?
    What's the size of your hard disk?
    Do you have a graphics card or use onboard graphics?
    etc.

    (edit: added last question)

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    Default Re: Dual Boot / Multiple OS

    Tell us about your computer. If it's new, it may complicate things some if it has UEFI BIOS.

    You can test openSUSE and most Linux releases with the Live CD version. The OS boots and runs from the CD without any installing. So you can see how it performs (it will be a little laggy as it has to read everything from the CD)

    From a live session you can open a terminal and type:

    Code:
    su -
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    The result we need to see, so post it here. It will tell us about your partitions.

    Check the Articles section of the forum for tips too
    https://forums.opensuse.org/content/
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    Hi guuwey,

    quite a lot of questions, you may think.

    Be sure, we're no spies here !!

    But the times havn't got easier for multiboot systems since the increase of the size of hard disks and the introduction of UEFI boot, etc.

    I even forgot a further question (perhaps someone should take the time to make a list of such questions,
    perhaps named 'compatibility issues', to be published on opensuse.org ...).

    This question is:
    does your computer use Intel Smart Response Technology,
    i.e. a combination of a Solid State Disk (SSD) with a hard disk to speed up the hard disk by caching ?
    In this case no Linux at all will run on that computer !
    Except *perhaps* that you enter a 2nd hard disk.

    Compare communities.intel.com/thread/30443

    If, on the other hand, you have a bit older hardware, then chances are that a dual boot with windows would work fine without trouble.

    So if you want to increase the chance that you get the help that you need, tell a bit more.

    Good luck
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by guuwey View Post
    Just finished downloading OpenSuSE DVD installer on the site itself. Now my question is on how to do dual-boot or have multiple OS in my computer?

    I am definitely new on doing this. And I don't want my computer be messed up.

    I have searched for a guide on internet regarding this and I landed on this site. Would anyone please confirm the validity of the guide posted on the site? I am not a computer pro so I really need your help.

    Thank you very much!
    Hi,
    Grub2 is very clever in detecting multiple os without intervention.
    "But" Those people here need more information about your system
    so you can go on smoothly with your installation with their expert advice.
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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    Sorry for not giving much information about my computer. I never thought those would be needed. Anyway..

    The specs of my computer:
    Intel i3 processor 32-bit
    512MB VRAM
    2GB Memory
    320GB HDD (100GB free, but I believe I can free it up to 200GB)

    I've downloaded openSUSE 12.2 x86.
    I am currently using Windows 7 Ultimate.
    My laptop is almost 3 years old, and everything's onboard.

    As for the Intel Smart Response Technology thingy, I will try to do some research about it after I've done my assignments from school since its the first time I've heard of it. So yeah, I'll be back with that question. >,< In general, what I've bought 3 years ago is Acer Aspire 4745G. No modifications at all except for the common softwares being installed.

    By the way, can anyone tell me what SUSE means?

    Also, is it possible for me to use a flash drive instead of burning into a DVD the installer of the OpenSuSE?

    Sorry for the late reply! Just got home.

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    On 2013-01-07 14:36, guuwey wrote:

    > By the way, can anyone tell me what SUSE means?


    Wikipedia ;-)

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    Hi guuwey,

    all OK ?

    Quote Originally Posted by guuwey View Post
    As for the Intel Smart Response Technology thingy, I will try to do some research
    Your laptop doesn't have an SSD as it seems,
    Acer Support: Acer Aspire 4745 Notebook Specifications
    so the Smart Response Technology isn't a topic for you.

    I looked around a bit, and it seems that UEFI or EFI boot isn't a topic for you either.
    Although the pages of Acer aren't very telling with respect to this.
    You can check this further by entering BIOS setup at power-on,
    not changing there anything yet, just looking around a bit,
    if you see any sign of the term EFI, e.g. in the name of the BIOS.

    For a last check, step one of that check is already suggested in the post of caf4926 above:

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    You can test openSUSE and most Linux releases with the Live CD version. The OS boots and runs from the CD without any installing. So you can see how it performs (it will be a little laggy as it has to read everything from the CD)
    The Live CDs can be downloaded as well following "Get it" at openSUSE.org.
    I prefer KDE Live, but that's a matter of taste.

    With respect to using an USB stick / key instead of a CD / DVD
    (by which all previous contents of that USB stick are destroyed)
    caf4926 already suggested

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Other hints on this can be found here
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick

    Because it seems that you never used openSUSE before -
    if you could boot from the Live CD or the image of that on an USB stick:
    do you know how to open a terminal, and copy and save the output there,
    in order to post it here ?

    Good luck
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratzi View Post
    Because it seems that you never used openSUSE before -
    if you could boot from the Live CD or the image of that on an USB stick:
    do you know how to open a terminal, and copy and save the output there,
    in order to post it here ?

    Good luck
    Mike
    What do you mean?

    By the way, from this guide, I will be asked to choose between KDE and Gnome desktop. How does the two differ?

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