I recently, Oct 17th, 2014, purchased a New Refurbished HP 500-277c i7-Quad computer. It’s installed OS is Windows 8. Spent over a week jumping thru hoops and finally found that I had to hold my tongue on the left side of my mouth instead of the right. Some of you have probably, no I know you have, gone thru this same scenario IF you have one of these machines.
Anywho, I finally got openSuSE 13.1 installed on my machine. I was even able to do one of my Android builds. Great!! It only took an hour versus the 6 to 8 hours on my old machine.
Then the catastrophe. I would have liked to move up to openSuSE 13.2. So, the FIRST thing that we are supposed to do… IF … you are doing an “UpDate” is to … UpDate your “current” system. So I went into Yast2 and the Software. Selected Packages and then selected “Update all that are newer”. There were 29 items. So I clicked on ok. It did its thing and all “looked” ok… UNTIL I restarted the PC!! The boot sector got wiped!! F9 - F10 … None of them got me to anything that would get my Windows back. I really don’t understand how these updates can/could screw up my BIOS. -BUT- they did. Notice the date at the beginning of this. This is my 6th FULL recovery. Learning process is steep. My first UEFI/Win8 machine as a Dual Boot.
Now then, since my machine was destroyed … again … I decided to put back the Windows and then just install a “New Copy” of openSuSE 13.2. That way I wouldn’t have to worry about UpDating. Well, it is NOT that simple. Got the same thing in this “Released” version of 13.2 that I got in the “Pre-Releases”. It did NOT understand my Partitions. I have/had a 931GB C: drive which I reduced down to 462GB for Win8 and then had 457GB for Linux. This was done via Win Disk Manager -AND- 13.1 understood it. Version 13.2 wants to use the whole 931GB. It does NOT recognize that Windows 8 is already there!!
I don’t want to go to another Linux… so I guess I’ll just have to go back to 13.1 -and- NOT accept any UpDates. I seem to always get the weird machines.
IF anyone has experienced similar things -and- has a fix… please let me know.
Oh… a question. How important -and- is it absolutely necessary to update the current system before updating to a newer version. I mean after I get the 13.1 installed … can I just go straight to 13.2???