Hi guys, I’m new to Linux so I am very confused with the problems I encountered trying to install both Win 7 and OpenSUSE LEAP 42.2.
I want to do this on my laptop, where I will be doing my thesis on - and I need Linux for certain softwares for scientific analysis but since I am not very used to Linux so I want to dual boot and keep Win 7 for games and internet etc.
It’s an Acer laptop with a SSD of 120GB, and I want to install both of them on it.
First I tried what I found mainly on Google - have Win 7, shrink partition, install OpenSUSE and it is supposed to be able to install on the free space and also take over the bootloader with GRUB.
And when I was trying to do so when I install OpenSUSE, I get the message - YaST2 - Operation not permitted on disk /dev/sda
“The partitioning on your disk /dev/sda is either not readable or not supported by the partitioning tool parted used to change the partition table”.
I proceeded to partition in Windows using Partition Wizard and try to simply use mount points to tell what the installer to do.
I created the “/”, “/home” and “swap” and then the installer asked me for the /boot/efi.
I told the installer to use the 100MB System Reserve from Windows for this purpose and apparently it didn’t go well…
So then I googled for possible conflicts and what to do and tried a handful of things.
as i said, i’m not too experienced with Linux infrastructure so I have no idea how to deal with /boot/efi - I googled and I tried to use UEFI mode instead of Legacy mode - and apparently Win 7 or older does not support UEFI so that failed.
I went back to Legacy mode and tried to use GPT disk mode and that also didn’t help.
I wiped my SSD clean and did a fresh, sole install of OpenSUSE - it went fine.
I did a fresh install of Win 7 (absolutely fresh) and proceeded to install OpenSUSE - same message of Operation not permitted again.
I just don’t understand why the OpenSUSE installer - YaST2 cannot partition my disk when other people never seem to have this problem.
It seems to be it is the Win 7 installation or MBR that blocks or be incompatible to the OpenSUSE installer, but how is that possible when Linux is supposed to be able to dual boot in the first place.
Please help! Thanks!