Cannot install 11.2 correctly

Hi all,

I have a 10.3 workstation that I would like to upgrade to 11.2.

I install a new HD for this, then proceed to install 11.2. The installation goes fine, but on reboot at end of install, computer says that it “Cannot find Active Partition”

I am presuming that it might be the ext4 file extension.

The computer is an Intel core2duo 2.5 gig CPU with 2 gig of RAM on an intel desktop motherboard & using SATA hd’s.

What can I do to install this correctly?

10.3 & 11.0 runs fine on it right now.



Possibly if you have added 11.2 to Grub from an earlier version. If so you may solve the problem by installing Grub from 11.2 to access all three distros.

Sorry Bud, misunderstood me.

I am trying to install 11.2 onto a fresh new HD.

I am using 10.3 on a existing HD, which I remove to install 11.2. I am mentioning 10.3 and 11.0, just to let know that these are running fine now.


You need to toggle the bootable flag on the partition that contains /boot. This is simple if you know your way around fdisk.

  • Boot from a live Linux CD/USB
  • Open a terminal and ‘su -’ to root
  • execute “fdisk /dev/sda”
  • enter “p” to print the partition table (likely you will not see an asterisk in the boot column of any partion)
  • enter “a”
  • enter the number of the partition that contains /boot
  • enter “w”
  • reboot

Hey Thanks Unamanic,

Will this always have to be done from now on? Or is it because of just my setup?

I would think that this issue should be resolved, if it is a generic issue.



I’ve seen this issue before on Fedora when I purchased a new hard drive. You likely won’t experience it again unless you get a new hard drive now that an active/boot partition on the drive.

In any event, you probably should report it as a bug against the installer at

Thanks again, Unamanic

This is a fresh-out-of-the-wrapper 500Gig HD that I am trying to install it onto. If I understand you correctly, if I am using a new HD, I will see this?

Hmmm, oh well.



But are there other HD’s connected?

fdisk -l

No, just this 500Gig one.

Thanks Caf,


What partitioning did you make?

Tell me what you can…

My understanding of forum traffic when I saw it on Fedora is that it depended on how HD manufacturer configured the drive prior to shipping it. Did setting the bootable flag solve the problem?

Hi Caf,

I used whatever the automatic partitioning selected.

It installed great, and worked great up until the first reboot after complete install was done.

I wonder, was this an updated install?

What to do is difficult to say without info:

A live CD like Parted Magic can help here. Google for it. Here is a guide to using it
Using Parted Magic an Introduction - openSUSE Forums

Let us see

fdisk -l

If you mount the root partition and post the contents of /boot/grub/menu.lst

Do you mean that it took updates after it installed?

Yes I do that, that is the first thing I always do after a fresh install. Come to think of it, the updates were crapping out during the update, like the connection to the update repo was cut off.

I don’t have the workstation here, it is at my office. Will post what you ask tomorrow. Will let you know tomorrow Unamanic


From what you describe, my advice would be re-install. It sounds like your downloaded updates might have been corrupted.

Then when you get to the desktop for the first time, open a su terminal and run

zypper lp


zypper patch

This should install only patches, which fixes some bugs from the original release. It may help as there was a bug affecting network connections which may have had a part in your 1st attempt at install and update.
Then reboot and if you get back to the desktop, try a full update.

Okay Thanks Caf,

I will try that tomorrow.

Thanks, will post tomorrow my results.