Help partition new install on Laptop

I have an old celeron laptop and am trying to install opensuse 11. First thing it does is ask me to create a swap file or partition. I have 256 MB of ram on this computer. It won’t let me set a size for the swap partition. It only gives me the option sda1 (11 GB, vfat) Should I format the hard drive. No windows on this machine. How do I continue.

I’m guessing this is when the installer starts? If so I would let the
installer do it’s thing, later on it will suggest swap, root and home
partitions. At this screen you can modify.

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.0 x86 Kernel
up 14:52, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.04, 0.09
GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 173.14.12

When I choose create a swap partition during install, as opposed to creae a swap file, it gives me sda1 (11GB, vfat) and I can’t change this. If I select this it goes into the regular install procedure. When I get to partition setup I get two choices in the Expert Partiitoner. It says
/dev/dsa 11.2GB and IBN-DARA-212000
/dev/sda1 11.2GB Win95 FAT32 LBA swap

My hard drive is 10 GB

Should I proceed like this. It doesn’t seem right. Why should I have the Wind 95 listed. The computer had a win98 install on it but I am not going to use a dual boot on this computer.

So what you need to do is delete the sda1. Then hit the create button,
primary, change the type to swap and make it 768MB and save. Then press
the create button and primary, sert the type as ext3 and select / (if
it hasn’t already and save. You should then have something like;

/dev/sda 11.2GB and IBN-DARA-212000
/dev/sda1 768MB Linux swap swap
/dev/sda2 10.nGB Linux native /

You should be good to go then :slight_smile:

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.0 x86 Kernel
up 3:22, 1 user, load average: 0.05, 0.09, 0.15
GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 173.14.12

Got it. Thanks a lot. I’ll continue to struggle on. I’m using ubuntu on another desktop and it works pretty good but when I hit problems in linux, my noobness starts to show.