> It is openSUSE V 11.1 from Novell.
do i understand that to mean that they came to you in a box from Novell?
or, did you download a Live CD from
http://software.opensuse.org/111/en and burn the disk yourself…if
you burned the disk: did you md5sum check the iso before burning?
> I am using partition magic to set up the hard drive with a linux
partition magic is NOT required to install openSUSE 11.1
> Pretty sure memory is OK. This does not seem to be the issue.
how did you determine that?
> At present I have set BIOS to boot from CD only. When BIOS loading is
> finished system moves to cd-rom boot and nothing happens for a fair
> time. Then there is a “no system disk” message.
to me, this means that your BIOS is not finding a bootable image on
the “system disk” (which in this case is the CD)…
> I eject cd - put in
> again, hit any key, cd activity and then same message. I’m not getting
> to openSUSE start-up screen so there is nothing I can say about any
> error messages relating to SUSE. I cannot get to the disk to run the
> media check - but as I say it would be odd if both cd’s from Novell
> were dodgy.
agreed…which, to me, means you probably have another problem (keep
> I’ve just ordered an external usb cd drive that is stated to work with
> Linux. Other drives reviewed “required” windows o/s
afaik, they only require MS to install the drivers…
Linux comes with free drivers that match most USB drive enclosure’s
> and I suppoose this
> might be the case with the (fairly old) internal cd drives I’ve
well, there are ‘horror stories’ about getting CDs to be correctly
read by even the same new reader/writer that burned the disk…
you can sweep the net (with google) and find all kinds of problems
with both new and “fairly old” drives trying to read otherwise find
and dandy linux install media…
> Unless partition magic really is magic I’ll probably have to give up
> until the external drive arrives and then see if things change.
partition magic cannot force your CD reader to boot from a corrupted
and, placing a Linux partition on your hard drive won’t help either,
since the boot process is not getting to the point of even looking at
your hard drives…that will come long after the first green screen,
in my mind the problem is one of these things:
the CD player itself is unable to read the disk (you a smoker? when
was the last time you cleaned the laser lens? will it boot a Redmond
or Ubuntu disk?)
the CD disk itself is damaged or corrupted in some way and cannot be
read (see the previously give cite on how to burn and check a
disk…take the disk to a different computer and see if it will boot
others may have another view, and you are very welcome to await
theirs… (i have not been wrong today…YET…but maybe am now)
Have a lot of fun…