Can I downgrade from 11.0 to 10.3 ?

I installed 11.0 and it’s horrible. It locks up my pc 5 or 6 times per day on average. I have to press the reset button each time. And each time I lose work or files are damaged.
There are also other issues but the locking up is the deal breaker. :mad:

It usually also trashes any customizations I’ve done to firefox and I have to spend time trying to make it work right again.

This very same machine ran flawlessly though slow on OpenSuse 10.3 for a loooong time. I could leave the machine running for weeks or months. I can only think of one time that I ever had to hit the reset button on 10.3

I can’t and won’t put up with this. I must downgrade. Instability is not permitted in my books.

So, I am now at the point that I will downgrade.
The question is, how do I do it and will it cause me to loose any of my stuff? And how do I go about it? I have a 10.3 DVD but if I boot it, will it allow me to downgrade? It seems to me that I tried this once before a long time ago with another distro and it would not.

Thank you…

(P.S. Just so it’s perfectly clear, I have no interest in wasting time experimenting around trying to fix it. Replacement is the only option.)

The freezing problem is your graphics driver. I had the same issue using the proprietary fglrx driver on my laptop. Uninstalling everything fglrx related fixed the issue - I’m now using the opensource radeon driver with no issues whatsoever.

If you really do want to downgrade, you can try booting from the 10.3 disc and selecting the upgrade option.

you don’t need to downgrade
just install kde3
change your login session to kde3 and that’s it
update all your kde3 by adding this repo:
Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE3/openSUSE_10.3

Going along with what Caf stated above:

To install KDE3, open YaST Package Manager and wait for the repositories to load. Once they load, there will be a dropdown menu in the bottom-left of the YaST window will the default option of Groups. Click this dropdown and set it to Patterns. In this new menu, scroll down until you reach the header: Graphical Environments. Under this heading, click the KDE3 Desktop Environment and press the Install All button. This should also install the KDE3 Base System package due to the dependencies, but if it does not, click the base package and press the Install All button again. Once you have the packages installed, press the Apply button to install the packages. Due to the size, this may take a minute or two. Once you have the packages installed, logout. On the bottom-left of the boot screen, where you enter your username and password, will be a link titled Sessions. Click this link, and a prompt will appear: select KDE3. If asked to use this session only this time or to set it as your default, choose to set it as the default, this way KDE3 will automatically load when you login rather than having to specify to boot KDE3 each time.

Hope that helps. :slight_smile:

I am not using KDE4 and I am not using Compiz. I’m using the Nvidia 173.14.09 driver, newer ones behaved even worse. I am using KDE 3.5.9

I set the machine up to be as simple and straightfoward as possible. I don’t like all the gee-whiz animations, besides, Compiz is garbage. Major shortcomings.

I had looked at KDE4 and it’s too stripped down to be of any use to me so I’m sticking with old school stuff.

Like I said, I have no interest in playing experimental games trying to salvage what I’ve already written off as useless to me.

OpenSuse 11.0 is history in my books. I should have known better than to use anything that’s “dot oh”… My mistake.

My question stands, how do I downgrade to OpenSuse 10.3 please?

Thank you.

The simplest way would be to install 10.3 over 11.0 and mount the current /home partition so all your settings are saved. To do this, when you install 10.3, when the screen comes up to mount the partitions, select NOT to format the /home partition, but rather, mount it. I don’t have the installer in front of me, so I can’t give a good walkthrough of it (sorry for that).

I’m not totally sure if this will work considering that you are downgrading, though.

Someone with more experience will have may have to give more information on that topic.

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask them.


You can just install 10.3 and keep your existing /home partition as unseen-ghost said.
In the install for 10.3 you have to move the partition setup to the custom partitioning by choosing ‘create partition setup’ then in the next stage ‘custom partitioning’ for experts.

You will see your hard drives and partitions
use the edit button
make sure the do not format button is sellected on your /home
your root is format and mount at /
use ext3

remember programs you have installed and multi-media stuff will all need adding again after install is done.
But you should have all your desktop settings, bookmarks, etc intact

But I would say. You would be beter keeping suse 11 and just installing kde3
10.3 has a broken rescue system