Installed opensuse 11.3 twice

Hi there,

I was speaking with a friend about suse and how great it was so he asked me to install it on is computer. I installed it fine from a cd I made myself which I know works. During install it asked for user name and password to be set. The person didn’t want any so I chose no password. When I rebooted it asked for a authentication username and password. Basically I couldn’t log in as I hadn’t set one. I couldn’t understand it. Anyway in a panic I used the cd to install again, this time using a username and password and it worked. I’m now wondering what effect installing twice has on the hard drive. Do I now have three partitions, one with windows and two with suse on it? If this is the case can anything be done? Can I delete one of the partitions without effecting the grub file (no nothing about it I just know I had a problem with that before).

Apologies for length of message.

Thanks in advance for any help.



Open a terminal window and do:

su -c 'fdisk -l'
(enter rootpassword)

You have to set a username and password. If you set the one user to have autologin, your friend will not have to enter his password.

I doubt you have 3 OS’s installed. But you can give use the output of
become root in a console window
su -
enter the root password note unless you entered a different one at install this will be the same as the first users password)
fdisk -l (note lower case L not one)

this will show the partitions.

By default OpenSuse creates 3 new partitions. swap, root, home

depending the install may have created an other partition which is an extended and is made to overcome the 4 partition limit

Thanks for the replies guys appreciate it.

I’ve copied the result of fdisk -l below.

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x95aa95aa

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 4140 33246517 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 8882 9729 6804000 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3 * 4140 8882 38095872 f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 4140 4233 745472 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 4233 6101 15003648 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 6101 8882 22343680 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

To be honest this means nothing to me but there seems to be three linux partitions which looks fine.



Yep. Everything looks OK there.

Thanks a mill that’s great.