Hi i am very new to openSUSE and Linux and when i try to mount the ISO (it’s a Live CD) onto my emulated DVD Drive it doesn’t seem to work. The only thing that happens is that the auto play dialog box comes up saying view files and folders and i tried everything and nothing seems to work. I am currently on Windows 7 Home Premium and have an External Hard Drive
It is definitely not a good idea to install from a running Windows instance. You need to boot from a real DVD/CD/USB Stick.
So do I copy the ISO to my External Hard Drive then. Then mount it?
No You must install the iso on the device. Just copying the file will not work. You must boot from the iso image. I’m guessing you do not have a CD/DVD player/burner. You might want to check a net install. DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL FROM RUNNING WINDOWS!
ok I’m downloading the net installer now and i have a CD/DVD Drive that will only burn CD Rs . I’m trying this as a duel boot configuration
You will still need to start from a bootable media. You still will not be able to install while Windows is running.
How do i disable windows and boot with my external hard drive? is it in the BIOS settings? I don’t want to break my computer
You can not. You need to make the device bootable, So You would need to reformat the current external drive or do it from a memory stick. Note also the BIOS would need to be set to try to boot from the USB.
Exactly what hardware do you have? Have you resized the Windows partitions to allow space for the new OS?? Installing a dualboot is not like installing a program you need to plan it out and understand the tech involved.
Thanks for your help but i think i might buy a second hand laptop and put openSUSE as the single OS
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I think you lost your path here… you started out with a LiveCD/DVD.
Burn that to a CD/DVD and then boot from it. That will give you a
no-install trial of OpenSUSE without any risk to your current drive(s)
though it will be a fair bit slower than a fully installed system (optical
drives are slow). After that you downloaded the network install which is
made to do a full installation of OpenSUSE. You could use this to trial
the product in a virtual environment such as VirtualBox (Google for it…
free, great, etc.).
There are quite a few threads and docs on how to setup your system to
dual-boot. Be sure you backup your data first and defragment windows if
that’s what you have already but if that’s done and you have sufficient
free space you should be good to dual-boot without risking your current data.
On 02/28/2010 09:26 AM, Eddyag wrote:
> Thanks for your help but i think i might buy a second hand laptop and
> put openSUSE as the single OS
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On 02/28/2010 10:16 AM, gogalthorp wrote:
> You can not. You need to make the device bootable, So You would need to
> reformat the current external drive or do it from a memory stick. Note
> also the BIOS would need to be set to try to boot from the USB.
> Exactly what hardware do you have? Have you resized the Windows
> partitions to allow space for the new OS?? Installing a dualboot is not
> like installing a program you need to plan it out and understand the
> tech involved.
#1 the LiveCD is not the right media to use for an OpenSuse installaton,
you should use the DVD, or in your case the Network install. But, the
LiveCD should have all you need to boot OpenSuse and start a network
installation of OpenSuse.
Otherwise follow the instructions here:
The live CD install worked well for me,it is probably the simplest solution in this case.