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    Default Laptop Issues Little help

    Hey Suse Users!
    I am a new Suse user and I have a HP mini 311-1037nr 2.5 gigs of memory, Win 7 laptop with a nvidia ION graphics processor with a 32-bit 1.6ghz atom processor. I switched to SUSE because win 7 was starting to dog really bad and I was tired or re-installing every 6 mos to keep it fresh.
    I tried about half a dozen distro's and this one was the fastest and most user friendly. I ran USB live for about 1 week before taking the plunge and installing it on my laptop HDD. I love it so far but after the update I am getting all kinds of problems.
    Firefox takes forever to connect to a page, apps are crashing all the time, YAST doesn't work most of the time. When it does it always says it cant connect to the update server or some non-sense. The Live USB version did none of these things. The startup seems great still. The depositories are the standard ones installed with SUSE I did not change those because I don't understand enough about Linux to mess with it. Keep it simple and functioning so I can do school work and use SUSE without windows like crashing all the time. This is normal for SUSE or LInux? Need some help with this problem. Remember I'm new to Linux for school and I do not understand the terminology I just need stability. Noob terms please! lol. thanks guys/gals. Hope to hear from you soon.

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    Default Re: Laptop Issues Little help

    Quote Originally Posted by cyberglyph View Post
    This is normal for SUSE or LInux?
    No, that's definitely NOT normal.

    Since you have an nvidia system, I would suggest to install the proprietary nvidia driver. This might solve most (all?) of your problems already.
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers

    AFAICS the latest driver (G03, labelled as "For GeForce 8 or later"/"GeForce 8xxx or newer" on that page) should support your card.

    You could try to boot to "recovery mode" first to see if your system works better there. (this would confirm a graphics driver issue)

    If you still have network problems (like you apparently have), please open a new thread in the appropriate subforum. (Wireless maybe?)
    But if it worked from the Live USB, it should work out of the box. Maybe verify that you have the package "kernel-firmware" installed.

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    Default Re: Laptop Issues Little help

    just want to add to wolfi323,
    do not use LiveCD to install the system. (I assume you used the LiveCD on USB for trial)
    download the full setup DVD and install it from it.
    I have had several bad experiences using LiveCd to install the system but all my DVD installs worked a lot better.

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    I do have the DVD version but I believe the menu's kept wanting me to delete my windows partition and I still need it for some applications. It seemed a little too difficult to install from that old DOS menu system. So I did opt for the live USB version. So I reinstall with the dvd version and wipe the SUSE Partition?

    I went to the DVD section but the menu's were not the same as in the pictures on the website. that is why I opted for the Live CD.

    Any help on this would be great also. I do need my windows a little but not much.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Laptop Issues Little help

    Quote Originally Posted by cyberglyph View Post
    I do have the DVD version but I believe the menu's kept wanting me to delete my windows partition and I still need it for some applications. It seemed a little too difficult to install from that old DOS menu system. So I did opt for the live USB version. So I reinstall with the dvd version and wipe the SUSE Partition?

    I went to the DVD section but the menu's were not the same as in the pictures on the website. that is why I opted for the Live CD.

    Any help on this would be great also. I do need my windows a little but not much.

    Thanks
    How much diskspace did you allocate to suse, swap, home and /? Did the live installer manage that? Did you test the DVD installer after the live installer?

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    Default Re: Laptop Issues Little help

    On 2014-03-20 21:26, cyberglyph wrote:
    >
    > I do have the DVD version but I believe the menu's kept wanting me to
    > delete my windows partition and I still need it for some applications.
    > It seemed a little too difficult to install from that old DOS menu
    > system.


    No, that does not look right. The full DVD version has a full graphical
    setup system, not a "dos menu system" as you describe.

    On emergencies, when things do not work, it can drop to a text mode. But
    there would be a reason for that, and it would be interesting to know which.

    And there are many install possibilities. Which one it offers initially
    depends on what you have, but you can reject it or create your own.

    > So I did opt for the live USB version. So I reinstall with the
    > dvd version and wipe the SUSE Partition?


    It is up to you if you want to try a reinstall. In that case, I suggest
    you post your partition setup, as the output from "fdisk -l".

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    Default Re: Laptop Issues Little help

    I can not help on dual boot setup sorry.
    my installs are all single use machines i.e. linux only/windows only setup.

    but unless you downloaded wrong DVD file or your machine have some issues with video, the DVD setup should be running GUI.
    and you have several options for almost all steps of the setup including disk configuration..
    again I am not sure how to deal with dual boot but you should be able to choose a custom partition setup and and keep the windows partition as is. as far as I understand it might be easier to let GRAB manage your boot options rather then windows boot manager, but it might be that I am wrong about that as it is a second hand info, things that I came across googling stuff for my own needs.

    good luck though,
    let us know how it turns out.

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