Installing Suse on a Bootcamped Mac with Windows 7

I have a boot camped Mac running Yosemite on 500gbs of the hard drive. I also have Windows 7 64bit on a 250gb partition.

I downloaded Suse 13.2 x86_64 ISO and burned it to DVD. The Mac wouldn’t recognise the DVD, I guessed by the numbers that the PC side may recognise the numbers. So, rebooted into Windows 7. Started running the installation from the DVD being very cautious as I don’t want to screw up my Mac as I use it for work. Got to the point where it asked me to reduce the PC partition to 177gbs and I stopped and aborted as I’m not sure how this will affect the Mac and/or the PC boot up.

Can anybody tell me what happens next?
Is it gonna reduce the PC partition only?
Is it because it needs the PC format to run.
Is it gonna affect the Mac partition?
Am I gonna end up with a totally dead laptop?

Now when I reboot Windows I get the selection screen for booting in safe mode, etc. which is asking which operating system do I want to use, PC or Suse.

Any expert users shed some light for me as I haven’t used Linux before.

You do not run the installer from any other OS You boot to it.

If you started the install from inside another OS I really have no idea what it will do. If you fllowed throughwith the install, sounds like it, then It really is unknown what you did to the machine.

I suppose we should see what partitions you have now in ether Linux or mac show use fdisk -l

I am afraid I completely failed to understand it. What “numbers” do you mean?

OK, OK, OK, best give some background. I had a brief encounter with Linux Ubuntu back in 2008, I was then able to run it from the DVD just to have a peek at it. I never did commit it to a hard drive, was just having a little look to see if I wanted to install it. I downloaded Suse from this site last night. It had the numbers x86_64 after the name which are numbers associated with the intel processor and the Windows operating system.

After burning it to a DVD the Mac couldn’t recognised the DVD at all, it didn’t show up in the Finder or on the desktop. I then rebooted into the PC partition and Windows 7 was able to read the DVD. I noticed there was an autorun batch program on it but it didn’t autorun. Had a bit snoop around the DVD and found an installer program and ran it assuming I was going to run Suse from the DVD. Went through some setup screens and eventually reached the “reduce Windows Partition to 177gbs”. That’s when the alarm bells started ringing.

On rebooting Windows it was entering the utilities boot page for repairs/safe mode/etc. and asking which operating system did I want to use, Windows 7 or Suse. Since then rebooting into Windows I got a window asking if I wanted to remove the Suse installer. Did that and now booting into Windows goes straight into Windows and not the utilities boot page. I’m now back to where I was, no damage done, didn’t feel it.rotfl!

Oh, and no partitions were created, I aborted before getting to that stage.

So, what is the procedure now? Can Suse be run from the DVD by booting into it using the Mac option key on boot up? If I wanted to install it onto my hard drive with it’s own Partition, do I create the partition with the Mac Disk Utilities or will the Suse DVD want do that? The Disk Utility on the Mac Operating Systems Mountain Lion, Maverick and Yosemite can create multiple partitions.

Bare with me, I’m new to Linux, lots of questions…

I would not recommend installing from inside Windows. Just don’t do it.

x86_64 is either an Intel or AMD processor that has a 64 bit address bus.

It is possible that the boot caused the DVD to show up so booting to the DVD is what you want to do. Also the operating system here is openSUSE not SUSE (there is a difference) So be clear which you are trying to Install

You will have to provide free space on the drive to install the OS.

If you just want to run from the DVD (assuming you got one of the live versions) just boot from the DVD. Yes you may need to select it at boot. Apple uses an older version of EFI bios so the BIOS would have a boot selector built in. You can then either run at to try or install it. But you do need some free space to install

Please read and understand the screens or you may lead yourself into trouble again