Installing suse after XP is very straightforward. Let suse make the decisions for you. I installed that configuration a few times. Each time, suse suggested about a 50-50 split of the disk and set up 3 linux partitions. That has always worked for me. You can ask suse to change the size of the XP partition, but if all you want is more space for suse, you could use a shared folder in your XP partition.
By the way, Vista is trickier. It demands more space. The bootloader has to be put in the MBR or Vista won’t boot. XP - Opensuse installs can be pretty automatic.
Yes, Thanks I saw that after posting - it’s very good. Still waiting my copy of 11.1 at the moment. Just getting ready. This is my first ever installation myself… I just wanted to keep Vista but as usual does not come with disks!
There are many threads here describing difficulties with Vista dual boot setups. You can save yourself a lot of headaches by following the instructions at swerdna’s howto on multiboot setups. This shows how to fix a problem. However, the key issue was to boot from the Master Boot Record. So, when installing opensuse, at one point you are asked to choose where to boot from. There are several radio button choices. The default one was a suse partition. Further down the page was a choice for MBR. I selected that one and had no problems dual booting Vista. In other words, installing it right rather than fixing a problem later.
That linked page says suse 11.0, but it worked on 11.1 for me. Swerdna has many excellent tutorials and how-to’s at that site. They are worth reading and following to prevent aggravation.
Thanks for this reply. It works great and was easy to install, did the MBR as suggested and all working. Thanks to Swerdna as well - great site. I did miss be able to register my product as my router was not available during installation. Any idea how I register now? No body seems to know at Novell.
Went back into XP, something or someone had created 2 partitions that were doing nothing, not appearing to explorer etc & only appearing in Computer Management. Deleted those, and SUSE installed pretty much faultlessly.
Until it got to installing GRUB, which cacked itself (this error: GRUB and XP problem - openSUSE Forums), and wouldn’t let me put XP as the first option. The ‘Repair’ function apparently destroyed the boot records for XP. After that, it wouldn’t boot at all, off SUSE on the hard drive, XP on the HD, or either CD/DVD. Very annoying. All the fixes seem to be based on getting the thing to boot in the first place, this’d load the splash screen (Boot/Repair etc.), then try and boot off HD without any user input
Not that anyone’s probably interested, but I solved using the very good document on ‘How to Repair Your Grub Multiboot’. Then, since I’d swapped over HDs from primary to secondary, back to their original state, I plugged the new one back in, as a second volume. And had to install GRUB/Fix MBR/do boot order yada yada yada all over again.
Must say, the bit in ‘Automatic Repair’ mode which is meant to fix bootloaders is a piece of turd. I must have run that thing 15 or 20 times over the last few weeks. Fixes nothing.