Just downloaded SUSE, seems to be hanging on the ‘search for LINUX Partitions’ option in System Analysis. The system is currently using WIN7, but I carved out a free partition on my HD (using WIN7 Volume Manager, about 300Gigs) that I intended to use for my SUSE Install. Can anyone tell me what to do? I found something online about setting the ‘no-apci’ option, but the install setup program that spawned couldn’t find the iso image on the CD-ROM.
This is often caused by a non-existing floppy drive. The BIOS tells the kernel that one exists though there is none, and the kernel then hangs when trying to access it.
Try to disable the floppy drive in the BIOS settings.
Or type “brokenmodules=floppy” at the boot options line at the installation DVD’s boot menu.
If there is no such line (i.e. typing characters doesn’t make them appear on the screen), press ‘e’, search for a line starting with “linux” and append “brokenmodules=floppy” at the end. Then press F10 to boot and start the installation.
> I found something online about setting the
> ‘no-apci’ option, but the install setup program that spawned couldn’t
> find the iso image on the CD-ROM.
What do you mean? Are you perhaps trying to install from inside Windows,
clicking on something to install Linux? No, you have to boot the
openSUSE CD/DVD. at the very first window is where you type those options.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 12.3 x86_64 “Dartmouth” at Telcontar)
Well, apparently I just needed to be more patient! It took awhile, but eventually it passed the ‘Search for Linux Partitions’ phase and EVENTUALLY the installation completed. I’d say it took about two and a half hours to finish the install. Not sure why it took so long, it was at the ‘saving bootloader configuration’ phase (93% complete) for about 45 minutes.
Ok, now I get to try and install Apache. Let’s see how that goes. Thanks for the help, sorry for sounding the false alarm.rotfl!
I have an old Dell latitude C640, 1GB memory, 2.0GHz CPU, BIOS says something like none or not present for the floppy drive.
Wanting to experiment with openSUSE 13.1 GNOME to see if it would be quicker than KDE on an older box. The install program at “SYSTEM PROBING” would take a long time especially probing hard drive and the search for linux partition took a couple hours. the install would then come to a halt at about 75% and not go any further. I am basically on my 2nd day working on this install.
Thanks to your reply I typed in brokenmodules=floppy at the boot option line and the “SYSTEM PROBING” screen took about 30 seconds.
Install just rebooted and completed the automatic configuration.
There is a bug in the kernel on 13.1 install BIOS must have no floppy checked. Even if the BIOS does not SEE the floppy there is a box saying that floppy is there If the box indicates a floppy and no floppy is present the kernel will take next to forever to look for that missing floppy. Alternatively you can use the **brokenmodules=floppy perameter **in the kernel line