Installing OpenSUSE 11.4 to Virtual Machine

I’m trying to install OpenSUSE 11.4 from a newly-downloaded DVD image to an otherwise-blank virtual machine.

The VM software I’m using is Virtual PC 2007, and I’ve given the VM access to 512 Mb of sim-RAM, plus 16Gb of HD space with the option to expand that. The disk image is accepted and I can get into the SUSE installation UI fine. I give it the relevant details at the install screen, click “next” and then the system analysis begins as expected. The problem arises when it attempts to initialise the package manager. YaST2 throws the following error message:

Unable to create repository from UTL ‘cd:/?devices=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Virtual_CD’

Details:
|] Valid metadata not found at specified URL(s)
History:

  • Can’t hardlink/copy/var/adm/mount/AP_0x00000001/media.1/media to /var/cache/zypp/raw/cd-07172093gmjSNO
  • Can’t provide /media.1/media

It then asks if I want to try again.

If possible, I’d prefer coding-light solutions; there’s less likelihood of me miscopying your advice.

On 08/26/2011 03:26 AM, DragonElf wrote:
>
> I’m trying to install OpenSUSE 11.4 from a newly-downloaded DVD image to
> an otherwise-blank virtual machine.
>
> The VM software I’m using is Virtual PC 2007, and I’ve given the VM
> access to 512 Mb of sim-RAM, plus 16Gb of HD space with the option to
> expand that. The disk image is accepted and I can get into the SUSE
> installation UI fine. I give it the relevant details at the install
> screen, click “next” and then the system analysis begins as expected.
> The problem arises when it attempts to initialise the package manager.
> YaST2 throws the following error message:
>
>> Unable to create repository from UTL
>> ‘cd:/?devices=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-Virtual_CD’
>>
>> Details:
>> |] Valid metadata not found at specified URL(s)
>> History:
>> - Can’t hardlink/copy/var/adm/mount/AP_0x00000001/media.1/media to
>> /var/cache/zypp/raw/cd-07172093gmjSNO
>> - Can’t provide /media.1/media
>
> It then asks if I want to try again.
>
> If possible, I’d prefer coding-light solutions; there’s less likelihood
> of me miscopying your advice.

Have you checked the md5sum for the DVD download? If that is OK, then perhaps
the problem is with Virtual PC, and I have no idea how to debug that.

Is the host Windows? You might try the Windows version of VirtualBox. It can
install and run Linux in its VMs.