I am a newbie on Linux so please give me detailed answers! I am very pleased with OpenSUSE… I installed it without any problem on my desktop and it works very nice. At this time I use a dual boot system, because I still need Vista for some software but gradually I spend more and more in Linux and hopefully one day I will not need anymore Windows.
I desperately need to do some hardware upgrades… and I am afraid that this will broke my peace but with your help I hope to overcome it!
I simply want to add a new HDD, some more RAM and to replace my video card. I did this many time under Windows… could you tell me what I have to expect doing this in a dual boot system Vista + OpenSUSE 10.2 ?
First a question: 10.2, is that a typo, or are you really using openSUSE 10.2? Then I suggest you do it all at once, i.e. add the HDD, RAM and videocard, then install 11.3.
Why? Because 10.2 is no longer supported, so new software will not be available, nor patches and fixes (read updates). And…you might get in trouble concerning the videocard.
Thanks guys for your fast input. Just few clarifications:
I want to add a harddisk, not to replace any… of course I want to be writable under Linux… eventually to move on it my HOME.
Good to know that RAM addition does not require any special work!
I want to upgrade my NVIDIA card (if I remember right GT 200) probably with a newer NVIDIA if this is simpler. The old card does not work very well…
I did not yet purchased the new card, I want first to see the path I need to follow. I’m not a gamer, I need a card to be great for image processing (RAW and jpeg mostly), even batch processing sometime… this is the only major load for the card, the others are normal (wordprocessing, browsing, spreadsheet, movies, etc… nothing special).
Sorry for mistake… I have OpenSUSE 11.2… not 10.2…
Changing nVidia to nVidia is no problem.
What does zypper se -si nvidia tell?
If you just want to add the HDD, do it. Then you can use yast partitioner to create whatever disk layout you want.
If you want to move your /home to that HDD, mount it to any location, copy all files from within your current /home to it (best use tar), and afterwards set the mountpoint of your new drive to /home (and change the mountpoint of your current /home-partition, if exists).
That shows that you are not using the nVidia driver. Seems that’s only “nv” which is used. OK for 2D, but 3D or video acceleration is not really good with that.
Maybe you add the “real” nVidia driver and see if your graphics performance is better so you don’t need a new card
Asides, since there is no further configuration for your current card, you could easily change to another graphics card without any problems
Well, I’m using it under Windows but when I installed Open SUSE it went automatically… it was very smooth and did not required from me almost anything… surely did not required to choose a driver (or to provide it)… If I will install this driver it may work properly! Thank you!
PS I suppose that are dedicated drivers for Linux… Google must help with that…