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Thread: SOLVED: Install fails (or, A Pat on the Back for the openSUSE Team)

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    Default SOLVED: Install fails (or, A Pat on the Back for the openSUSE Team)

    Greetings, Forum dwellers:

    Short Story: if you get weird errors during install, check your memory!

    Long Story:

    I purchased a new PC after limping along on the one that I got when Linux Mint 13 was still fresh and minty. I had planned to install LM16 on my new machine but the installer kept crashing. In frustration and increasing desperation, I tried a bunch of distributions but every single one would fail. My trusty LM13 distro, however, would install flawlessly every time.

    I checked the checksums.
    I crafted the partition tables by hand.
    I had someone create the DVD ISOs on their PC in case my writer was the culprit.
    I tried tried booting from USB.
    I tried the openSUSE 13.1 install and was immediately impressed by the highly polished installer, but unfortunately, it failed too. I'd get 15% through the package installs and I'd get a checksum error.

    One morning I woke up at 04:30 and it occurred to me that the fundamental difference between the LM13 distro and all the others was, it was 32-bit (the others were 64). So, remembering that the openSUSE distro had a memory checker, I got out of bed and ran the test: pages and pages of red lines. Yippee!

    It took me all of about 10 minutes to isolate the bad RAM, which I exchanged for a new one that afternoon.

    openSUSE 13.1 installed flawlessly after that. I was so impressed with the appearance and functionality of the installer that I dumped Mint and went to open SUSE.

    Well done, you guys (and girls). You've made a convert out of me.

    Yours in gratitude,

    Bill

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    Default Re: SOLVED: Install fails (or, A Pat on the Back for the openSUSE Team)

    Quote Originally Posted by BIll_K View Post
    Short Story: if you get weird errors during install, check your memory!
    Good advice. I'd change to "if you get weird errors, check your memory."

    I've had a perfectly good computer with good memory start to get weird errors. Reseating the memory modules fixed the problem.

    For those unfamiliar with "reseating" -- it's mostly just remove the memory module, then put it back in. Wiggle it a bit as you put it back in. The wiggling helps to get good electrical contact.
    openSUSE Leap 15.4 Beta; KDE Plasma 5.24.4;
    testing Tumbleweed.

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