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    Question Replacing Ubuntu with OpenSUSE

    Hi,

    I'm new with OpenSUSE, I tried it on VirtualBox and I really like it. Ubuntu gave me a few fan problems on my Laptop that I was not able to fix.
    I never had problems with Ubuntu before, so I was surprise.
    I have a dual boot with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. But I want to completely erase Ubuntu and install OpenSUSE.
    The question is, how do I make sure I will install OpenSUSE correctly without lossing Windows7?
    I know I shouldn't choose the Windows partitions, but I'm worried that Ubuntu's Grub boot loader will disappear and then I won't be able to boot Windows.
    If I install OpenSUSE over the Ubuntu partitions, is OpenSUSE going to automatically recognize the Windows partition?
    Thank you !

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    Default Re: Replacing Ubuntu with OpenSUSE

    Quote Originally Posted by gabofg View Post
    Hi,

    I'm new with OpenSUSE, I tried it on VirtualBox and I really like it. Ubuntu gave me a few fan problems on my Laptop that I was not able to fix.
    I never had problems with Ubuntu before, so I was surprise.
    I have a dual boot with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. But I want to completely erase Ubuntu and install OpenSUSE.
    The question is, how do I make sure I will install OpenSUSE correctly without lossing Windows7?
    I know I shouldn't choose the Windows partitions, but I'm worried that Ubuntu's Grub boot loader will disappear and then I won't be able to boot Windows.
    If I install OpenSUSE over the Ubuntu partitions, is OpenSUSE going to automatically recognize the Windows partition?
    Thank you !
    Welcome!

    Usually openSUSE takes care of your windows partitions.

    Do you know which boot loader (Grub2 / legacy Grub) was used by Ubuntu ?

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    Default Re: Replacing Ubuntu with OpenSUSE

    I have Grub 1.99-21ubuntu3.10

    Also, the partitions are as follow, according to GParted:

    dev/sda1 > fat16 > Dell utility > 39MB
    dev/sda2 > ntfs > Recovery > 15GB
    dev/sda3 > ntfs > OS (Windows) 240GB
    dev/sda4 > extended > 209 GB
    ----dev/sda6 > ext4 > 198 GB
    ----dev/sda7 > linux-swap > 6GB
    ----dev/sda5 > unknown > 6GB
    ----Not assigned > 1MB

    What partitions do I have to format during the OpenSUSE instalation? Or is OpenSUSE going to erase those other Ubuntu partitions for me?

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    Default Re: Replacing Ubuntu with OpenSUSE

    Quote Originally Posted by gabofg View Post
    I have Grub 1.99-21ubuntu3.10

    Also, the partitions are as follow, according to GParted:

    dev/sda1 > fat16 > Dell utility > 39MB
    dev/sda2 > ntfs > Recovery > 15GB
    dev/sda3 > ntfs > OS (Windows) 240GB
    dev/sda4 > extended > 209 GB
    ----dev/sda6 > ext4 > 198 GB
    ----dev/sda7 > linux-swap > 6GB
    ----dev/sda5 > unknown > 6GB
    ----Not assigned > 1MB

    What partitions do I have to format during the OpenSUSE instalation? Or is OpenSUSE going to erase those other Ubuntu partitions for me?
    Ubuntu puts your system and user files all in one partition. In your case sda6
    But what is sda5?
    Could we get a screenshot of the HD in Gparted? You can host the image at http://paste.opensuse.org/

    Personally, if it were me (and assuming it's OK to delete sda5) (and you have a backup of your files from Ubuntu)
    I would delete all the partitions in the extended space and re-create what is needed (I usually use Parted Magic running from the RAM)
    6GB swap
    30GB ext4 for /
    all the remainder ext4 for /home

    This might give you some assist in the install method: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/....1_install.pdf
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    Default Re: Replacing Ubuntu with OpenSUSE

    On 2014-02-14 23:26, gabofg wrote:
    >
    > I have Grub 1.99-21ubuntu3.10


    But you also have to find out where it is installed. MBR? Root
    partition? Extended partition? In order to install the openSUSE grub on
    the same place.

    > Also, the partitions are as follow, according to GParted:
    >
    > dev/sda1 > fat16 > Dell utility > 39MB
    > dev/sda2 > ntfs > Recovery > 15GB
    > dev/sda3 > ntfs > OS (Windows) 240GB
    > dev/sda4 > extended > 209 GB
    > ----dev/sda6 > ext4 > 198 GB
    > ----dev/sda7 > linux-swap > 6GB
    > ----dev/sda5 > unknown > 6GB
    > ----Not assigned > 1MB
    >
    > What partitions do I have to format during the OpenSUSE instalation? Or
    > is OpenSUSE going to erase those other Ubuntu partitions for me?


    During the installation, when it asks where to do the installation, you
    can simply mark the partitions you want to overwrite. I know I once did
    a photo of this stage, but I don't have a link to it here, sorry. And I
    don't know how to search the susepaste site, either.

    Thus you would mark everything except sda1, 2, 3, 4. Then the
    installation can make a partitioning proposal.


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    Sorry for the late reply.

    I successfully installed OpenSuse on my Laptop today wooohooo !!!

    I selected new installation, then it gave me a suggested installation as follows:

    > format partition /dev/sda5 for / ext4
    > format partition /dev/sda6 for /home with ext4
    > use /dev/sda7 as swap


    I don't know how Ubuntu was using /sda5 partition, but OpenSuse decided to use it too.
    Windows 7 is working just fine on dual boot.

    I have a few hours playing around with OpenSuse and I already love it. I can't believe how nice it looks and how fast it is.
    I installed the KDE version on x64.

    I totally migrating to Linux, I'm lucky enough to not depend on Window$ programs.

    Awesome !
    Thank you guys !

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