Hello all. I am doing my second install of openSuse (the first one did fine), but while trying to install openSUSE 12.2 Live KDE on a Windows XP machine, the initial options page installs and runs from the CD (I have the boot order set correctly). I cannot get the option to change to the second option - installation. I get no response from either my keyboard or mouse. Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanks.
It’s a bit hard to say what you are doing wrong, when you have not said what you are doing.
If you are using a KVM switch, then try temporarily going without it. Some KVM switches don’t work until there is a running operating system, and you don’t have that on the boot menu.
On 03/08/2013 03:26 PM, straysaver wrote:
> Hello all. I am doing my second install of openSuse (the first one did
> fine), but while trying to install openSUSE 12.2 Live KDE on a Windows
> XP machine, the initial options page installs and runs from the CD (I
> have the boot order set correctly). I cannot get the option to change
> to the second option - installation. I get no response from either my
> keyboard or mouse. Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong?
sounds like it is not ‘seeing’ your keyboard and mouse…are they
USB, or what? if USB you might try unplugging one or both and then
replugging…maybe they will work then…
or, maybe you have a different mouse/keyboard you can try…
or, there is a chance that the install disk is faulty (and the fault
is in the hardware detection scripts)–did you check the md5 or sha1
sum prior to burning the install disk like here:
then burn at the lowest speed possible with the good quality media?
you might try that CD on a different machine, may it will boot
there…if so then it might be the reader on your machine that is a
little out of align…
if you can get it to respond to the mouse or keyboard, BEFORE
selecting install let the disk self test by selecting “Check Install
Media” like here: http://tinyurl.com/b856ekd
wait: you are (i hope) booting from the disk and not inserting it
into a running XP and letting the autorun run, are you?
if none of that is helpful, tell us more about your hardware…
Just successfully used the KDE Live CD to install on another XP machine. I believe a file is either missing or corrupted (boot.ini?) on the first XP machine. I will re-install XP and try KDE again. Will let you know. Thanks!
> I will re-install XP and try KDE again.
it should make no difference whatsoever if every (or none) of the
XP files are corrupt!
that is to say, there is NO reason to reinstall XP as openSUSE is not
a Windows program and in no way depends on XP (or any other operating
system) to run or be installed…
- shut down Windows
- put the openSUSE Live CD in the disk caddy
- boot from the openSUSE disk
on the other hand, if there is a VM involved please describe which
one and how it is being used.
openSUSE®, the “German Engineered Automobile” of operating systems!
Here’s the problem. I am getting a message that says “invalid boot.ini file”. Is that causing the problem with the KDE load? When I try to fix this with my XP CD, it does not give me the Recovery option.
openSUSE installer doesn’t interact with windows files . Can you check whether you need to enable usb keyboard/mouse in bios? I have seen couple of instances in these forums where people did have this issue where usb keyboard would not work when choosing options during boot phase.
I will check this. But what is strange is both the keyboard and mouse work perfectly in XP but not when KDE tries to install.
On 2013-03-08 16:46, straysaver wrote:
> Just successfully used the KDE Live CD to install on another XP machine.
> I believe a file is either missing or corrupted (boot.ini?) on the
> first XP machine. I will re-install XP and try KDE again. Will let you
> know. Thanks!
Why are you reinstalling XP at all? Destroy it! Linux doesn’t need nor
use Windows for anything.
Just boot of the Linux installation disk.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4, with Evergreen, x86_64 “Celadon” (Minas Tirith))
One possibility is the PC’s BIOS settings.
Its possibility is winXP does not need in the BIOS a legacy USB setting and it is possible the openSUSE needs a USB legacy setting. What is the USB device setting in the BIOS ?
I suspect there are other possibilities.
I’m still wondering what you are doing.
If you are seeing messages about “boot.ini”, that suggests that you are booting WinXP, clicking the CD icon, and trying to do the install that way.
The proper way to install is to boot directly from the live CD. Set your BIOS to boot from CD, insert the CD and reboot. You should not see any mention of “boot.ini”.
On 03/08/2013 07:06 PM, straysaver wrote:
> but not when KDE tries to install.
to me, that means you are trying to install KDE (a Desktop
Environment) into XP…
if that is what you wish to do then you would be best off asking for
help from kde.org and microsoft.com
not opensuse.org because KDE is just one of many desktop
environments available to our Linux users…if you wish to install it
onto a Window’s system we can’t really help with that…well, anyone
here who knows how to help can try, but still i think would be best
sited with the KDE community’s site/forums…in fact, i’d guess while
we do not KDE.org probably has packages ready to install on all of
their targets “GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows, and OS
X systems” (cite: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDE)
good luck. (if successful you might come back and tell us, their
might be some MS users here would would appreciate knowing how to
upgrade the windows in Windows to KDE!!
I note this post :
followed by this post
It reads to me that the grub legacy or grub2 boot manager did not get installed correctly and there is some MS-Windows boot code in place. It reads to me also that the user is either not able to re-install their XP (per the 1st quoted post) or they are trying to use an MS-Windows recovery CD to fix a GNU/Linux boot manager install hiccup where instead MS-Windows fails to boot.
But without further clarifcation this is just speculation on my part.
staysaver, when you provide the requested clarification/explanation that others have asked for, I would also be curious to learn what is your PC’s partitioning setup and which partition is the active partition ?
It reads to me as though an openSUSE install was attempted from within a running windows OS.