Here’s my experience with installing openSUSE 11.3 on a netbook.
Normally I attach an external CD/DVD-drive to my netbook and boot from an openSUSE installation disk.
But this time I didn’t want to burn an CD and setup all those wires.
So I decided to try installing openSUSE from an USB-stick.
I already had the Live KDE iso image which I used to test openSUSE 11.3 in virtualbox.
First I installed syslinux for the isohybrid program.
Sadly Linux Mint (which I was using) had an old version of syslinux that didn’t contain isohybrid.
So I downloaded it from here: Index of /pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux
Ran this command:
This was done in a few seconds.
Now I needed to write the iso to the USB-stick.
I used this command:
dd if=./openSUSE-11.3-KDE4-LiveCD-i686.iso of=/dev/sdb
This toke a couple of minutes.
When it finished I was pretty excited.
I rebooted the computer and waited.
I saw the bootsplash of openSUSE appear and chose “Installation”.
Followed the steps and openSUSE 11.3 was installed on my netbook!lol!
Restarted the netbook to boot openSUSE but the only thing I saw was this message:
ERROR 13: No Operating System Installed
Press any key to reboot…
Maybe the error was slightly different. I’m not sure.
The problem was that I didn’t want openSUSE to install Grub into the MBR.
So I changed the bootloader settings during installation.
But somehow the bootloader Grub2 was removed from the MBR?:sarcastic:
So I decide to get the live DVD of Linux Mint and try to recover Grub2.
First attached the external CD/DVD reader.
Wires everywhere, fell over them a few times.
Booted from the DVD and ran the command:
sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda
Rebooted the computer and saw the Mint bootsplash.
Started mint ran this command to add an openSUSE bootentry:
Rebooted again to start openSUSE.
First I needed to go through the firstrun configuration steps.
When that was done I saw the warm welcoming openSUSE 11.3 background.