installation gets stuck while scanning hdd partitions

Trying to install 12.3 x86_64.

I have:

  • 2 NTFS partitions
  • hidden Windows 7 system partition
  • one EXT4
  • one SWAP

The DVD installer starts fine, but while the probing step of “Looking for existing linux partitions…”, at 60%, it gets stuck, and no HDD or DVD activity is visible on my PC.

P.S. installation media is fine - successfull install under VirtualBox

One of the reasons this happens, is inconsistency of the Windows filesystem. A powerfailure, or incorrect shutdown of Windows can cause that. In cases like that you need to fix/repair the Windows filesystem first.

An install in Vbox is not a guarantee that the media are OK. An md5sum check with the same outcome as the one provided by openSUSE is.

ImgBurn log:

I 10:44:46 ImgBurn Version 2.5.7.0 started!
I 10:44:46 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64 Edition (6.1, Build 7601 : Service Pack 1)
I 10:44:46 Total Physical Memory: 2,094,648 KB  -  Available: 1,240,748 KB
I 10:44:46 Initialising SPTI...
I 10:44:46 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 10:44:46 -> Drive 1 - Info: DTSOFT BDROM 1.05 (G:) (Virtual)
I 10:44:47 -> Drive 2 - Info: ASUS DRW-24B3ST 1.00 (F:) (ATA)
I 10:44:47 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM and 1 BD-ROM!
I 10:45:21 Operation Started!
I 10:45:21 Source Device: [1:0:0] ASUS DRW-24B3ST 1.00 (F:) (ATA)
I 10:45:21 Source Media Type: DVD+R (Book Type: DVD-ROM) (Disc ID: CMC MAG-M01-00)
I 10:45:21 Source Media Supported Write Speeds: 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x
I 10:45:21 Image File: E:\Downloads	orrents\openSUSE-12.3-DVD-x86_64.iso\openSUSE-12.3-DVD-x86_64.iso
I 10:45:22 Image File Sectors: 2,290,688 (MODE1/2048)
I 10:45:22 Image File Size: 4,691,329,024 bytes
I 10:45:22 Image File Volume Identifier: openSUSE-12.3-DV
I 10:45:22 Image File Application Identifier: openSUSE-12.3-DVD-x86_64-Build0110-Media
I 10:45:22 Image File Implementation Identifier: md5sum=44fe6fd9a337937e255c4d859e9662c8;pad=150;check=1
I 10:45:22 Image File File System(s): ISO9660 (Bootable), Joliet
I 10:45:22 Read Speed (Data/Audio): 8x / 8x
I 10:45:24 Verifying Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 2290687)
I 10:45:24 Verifying Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 2290687)
I 10:55:08 Exporting Graph Data...
I 10:55:08 Graph Data File: ..\AppData\Roaming\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\ASUS_DRW-24B3ST_1.00_TUESDAY-MARCH-26-2013_10-45_CMC_MAG-M01-00.ibg
I 10:55:08 Export Successfully Completed!
I 10:55:08 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:09:45
I 10:55:08 Average Verify Rate: 7,858 KB/s (5.7x) - Maximum Verify Rate: 11,353 KB/s (8.2x)

On the other hand, ISO check by “winMd5sum” shows correct md5:

02f33a86ff8e89c415f59da2618f4930

This basically means, that the media is corrupted? ImgBurn didn’t give any errors while buring it… weird…

I’ve performed chkdisk on both windows partitions. Also I’ve entered to repair mode and fixed mbr: bootrec.exe /fixmbr.

Nothing changed.

On one machine where I installed 12.3, scanning the partitions took about 15 minutes to complete. There were no signs of activity in that time. It looked stuck, but once the scan finally completed, the installation went fine.

Other machines, the scans were much faster. I could not see a reason for the difference.

Howard

You are right - it just takes ridiculously long time. At the end I’ve managed to install it.

Thanks.

On 2013-03-26 20:56, AnthraxThrash wrote:
>
> crmrhm;2541243 Wrote:
>> On one machine where I installed 12.3, scanning the partitions took
>> about 15 minutes to complete. There were no signs of activity in that
>> time. It looked stuck, but once the scan finally completed, the
>> installation went fine.

> You are right - it just takes ridiculously long time. At the end I’ve
> managed to install it.

You could both report that in a Bugzilla.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

You are right, I’ll do that.

This topic can be closed, folks at the bugzilla have found the problem: according to bug #773058 - non-existent floppy drive enabled in BIOS causes hang while searching for partitions.

I don’t really know, why openSUSE hangs there, while whole bunch of other linux distributions just don’t care.

I got round this on one box by using the Live KDE