Mac Install Attempts Continue - Close,Real Close!

I am posting in follow up to my ‘Grub failed to install’ thread of yesterday.

After perusing the posting on the triple partitioned Macbook Pro, with OpenSUSE on the middle partition, I gave the install another shot. Unfortunately, about 3/4 of the way through the install an X11 module failed to install, causing a fatal error. There was no way to recover it.

Back to the drawing board. I then burned 2 copies of the install dvd. Later on that evening, I started an install. Once I was satisfied there would be no ‘user error’ type warnings, I turned in. 5 hours later, I arose, only to find that the install had gone about 40% of the way through. No warnings or errors were hanging, and it was proceding. This was way TOO much time. The first two attempts took a little over 2 hours.

I am back at the drawing board. In reviewing the article that’s posted here, I notice that the destination partition was formated EXT4. I did NOT do this, I believe I used EXT3. I’m not convinced this was the reason for the slow install, but it may be. Anyone have any ideas on this filesystem possibly causing the slow install? I mean, there were absolutely no errors or no warnings, and the install was not hung. Progress bars kept moving. Packages were progressing. I just gave up on it. 5+ hours indicated somthing was wrong.

I am in the process of moving my OS X partition right now, once done, I will start the OpenSUSE install again.

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I’d appreciate the feedback.

I may have it nailed with the different filesystem format, but I just don’t know.


On 10/20/2011 02:36 PM, hflaxman wrote:
> 5+ hours indicated somthing was wrong.
> If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I’d appreciate the
> feedback.

i agree with your “something was wrong”!!

-did you check the correctness of the downloaded iso with md5 or sha1
check sum?? if now read below the “Download” button on

-did you burn the install disk at the slowest possible speed?

-did you do this prior to beginning the install:

-read through the helpful to new folks threads here:

-maybe review install procedures in

hmmmm…the bottom line is it is sure hard to tell what the problem is
from the information given…sorry…oh, but i highly doubt changing
from ext3 to ext4 will solve the issue…(but, it MAY as i have no idea
with Apple might have done to their hardware…to discourage installing
alien software…

openSUSE®, the “German Automobiles” of operating systems

Yes, I checked the correctness of the disc via checksumming. I usually don’t have to burn at a slow speed regardless of the software. We have some strange discs that will boot for either a PPC or Intel system, there are 3 ‘partitions’ or areas on the disc. They take awhile to burn, but can go at 4x, and will work every time. I have 2 writers and tried both.

I will change speed for the next ‘go round’. As a rule, Apple doesn’t do much to hardware these days to break alien software. Sometimes the software they write will break a good install on alien hardware though!

I did have Ubuntu installed on here once before, but that’s a snap install. It’s pretty easy so ‘anyone’ can do it. IMO

As I mentioned, I will burn 2 discs at the slowest speed this time. I am using RW discs, which shouldn’t make a difference, but who knows?