Need help uninstalling other version and installing openSUSE


My Fedora is freezing after latest update, so I’m thinking of trying openSUSE, I want to completely uninstall it and free up the space so I can install openSUSE in that space, entries of it at grub menu should also be gone. I have no idea how to do it, can someone help?


In order to give some help we need a bit more information from you. For instance do you have any other operating systems on your pc; such as windows? Do you have a separate /home directory? The output of

df -h

will help us.

As for my initial advice I would make sure you have a full and current back up of all your data. A good gui program for this is luckybackup as it is fairly straightforward to use. Though I’m not sure if that is available for Fedora.

Oh you don’t need to uninstall Fedora the as YAST (a little like system settings and install in windows) will help you format your / partition and install openSUSE.

Show fdisk -l

So we can know the system layout.

I’m unable to get into Fedora, so I don’t know how I can do that? Can I do that from Kali Live? I also have Windows 7 installed. Sorry Update is below:

Here is the df -h one:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
rootfs 3.9G 337M 3.6G 9% /
udev 10M 0 10M 0% /dev
tmpfs 795M 740K 794M 1% /run
/dev/sdd1 2.8G 2.8G 0 100% /lib/live/mount/medium
/dev/loop0 2.6G 2.6G 0 100% /lib/live/mount/rootfs/filesystem.squashfs
tmpfs 3.9G 0 3.9G 0% /lib/live/mount/overlay
tmpfs 3.9G 0 3.9G 0% /lib/live/mount/overlay
aufs 3.9G 337M 3.6G 9% /
tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
tmpfs 1.6G 856K 1.6G 1% /run/shm
tmpfs 3.9G 52K 3.9G 1% /tmp
/dev/sdd2 63M 60M 3.1M 96% /media/Kali Live
/dev/sda8 147G 70G 78G 48% /media/New Volume
/dev/sda2 147G 88G 60G 60% /media/New Volume_
/dev/sda1 147G 112G 36G 76% /media/New Volume__
/dev/sdb8 173G 170G 3.0G 99% /media/01C9CE03BF5C70E0

Here is the fdisk -l one:

Disk /dev/sdc: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders, total 156301488 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x29b7e315

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 2048 94896127 47447040 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdc2 94896128 95481855 292864 83 Linux
/dev/sdc3 95483902 156301311 30408705 5 Extended
/dev/sdc5 95483904 153733119 29124608 83 Linux
/dev/sdc6 153735168 156301311 1283072 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe4fcdc68

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 307202047 153600000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 307202048 614402047 153600000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 614402048 615426047 512000 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 615426048 1953523711 669048832 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 615428096 667860991 26216448 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 667863040 675989503 4063232 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 675991552 728424447 26216448 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 728426496 1035626495 153600000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x14db73e2

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 16065 976768064 488376000 f W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/sdb5 16128 204812684 102398278+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb6 204812748 409609304 102398278+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb7 409609368 614421989 102406311 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb8 614422053 976768064 181173006 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Disk /dev/sdd: 8004 MB, 8004304896 bytes
179 heads, 32 sectors/track, 2729 cylinders, total 15633408 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x34b1494d

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdd1 * 64 5854015 2926976 17 Hidden HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdd2 5854016 5983103 64544 1 FAT12

Ok you are dual booting then??

In generally you do not need to uninstall anything. I note you seem to possibly have several Linux OS’s installed. Can you tell us what partition belongs to what OS? In any case you have more Linux partitions then I’d expect to see from a single Linux install

Do you know where your /home is? Are you using any special data partitions?? If so which for what??

You seem to have both MSDOS partitioned drives and GPT partitioned drives. This can complicate things. (never mix never worry). The MSDOS partitioning seem to point to a MBR boot Where as the GPT usually indicate and EFI boot

No one can give you more detailed instruction without more detail

Normally you would simply tell the installer to install the OS into the root partition and mount the swap and home partitions. But you have sort of a mess with the different partition formats and more Linux partitions then expected.

Note also I’d recommend 13.1 Not leap for minimum fuse and bother. IMO Leap is still a bit raw

Yes, I’m dual booting, I have only two Linuxs, one is Kali, which is not working and the other one is Fedora, which is freezing after logging in. I had to create root, home and swap for both Kali and Fedora, the installation options provided with them would have completely occupied the free space if I hadn’t created like that.

On 80 GB HDD, I have two partition, 48GB one belongs to Windows 7 and 30GB belong to Kali, which is not working. 500 GB doesn’t have any OS, 1TB one has Fedora, 4.2GB or 524MB one could be swap, there are two 27GB drives which belong to Fedora, but I don’t know what they are.

So how do I go about freeing them up and deleting from GRUB?

No solutions?

You have a very complicated set up. I can’t comment on other installers but openSUSE allows complete control of where and how things go. With Linux you can share both swap and home if you take care to use different user names. So you really only need to select and format where you want root to go and you can reuse by simply mounting home and swap. Because you have mixed partitioning type and is seem that you boot drive is an SSD partitioned as MSDOS (legacy) partitioning if you are planing on installing there you must use MBR booting since EFI is not supported on MSDOS based disks. So you first will need to boot the install in legacy mode. You will see option on the bottom of the screen no options indicates EFI mode. it is critical you boot the installer in the right mode. Since you are to control where things go select expert mode and select the partition to where root it to go. Since the partition on the SSD is 30 gig I’d recommend formatting it in EXT4 and mounted as /. Select the swap partition you want to use it should be mounted as swap and formatted for swap. Select the home you want to use and if you wish to keep the data DO NOT format it just mount is as home. Install generic code in the MBR and grub2 in the partition that holds root you should then have a boot flag on that partition

I do recommend 13.2 over Leap 42.1 for you because things are not full settled in leap

Also because you have such a mess I’d suggest back up all important stuff and re do things from scratch so you don’t have such a hodgepodge. The above should get a working system but you will still have a mess :open_mouth:

Thanks for replying, I don’t have an SSD, wouldn’t it just be better to give each Linux OS a dedicated swap, home and root? I’m very new to Linux, because of data caps on my internet connection, I’ll be downloading openSUSE on December 25, 2015, but I only Leap 42.1, where do I find 13.2?

That legacy partition could be because of my old motherboard, I upgraded to a new one this year after that I installed the Linux operating systems.

I see 3 drives 80 gig 1000 gig and 500 gig plus a USB drive

Looking closer is does seem that they are all legacy partitioning. Also the 1000 gig drive seems to be the boot so follow my instruction an use the 1000 gig drive. It does appear the all space is being used so you have no place to put a new OS unless you either erase some partition or just reuse. Also with so many OS on the drives I can not tell which is used for which Linux. Do you know? If you don’t then you need to determine.

You can get 13.2 here it is supported for about another year until 42.2 comes out. Note 13.1 is the evergreen version and will be supported a bit longer

You need 40 gig (using BTRFS the default or 20-30 gig for ext4 if you chose) for root and ~ same as your memory for swap and whatever you want for home. If you remove the old broken Linux partitions giving free the installer will recommend a reasonable partition scheme ( note always review and understand the proposed scheme before proceeding the Installer is good but you have a very very odd set up be sure things are how you want or ask here)

If the machine is newer and has a EFI BIOS be very sure you boot to legacy mode. MBR should be installed either on the extended or the root if it s a primary

You can run the 42.1 installer up to the point of the review of the partition schme with out changing any thing to as practice. If you don’t understand something ask do not guess.

I’ve downloaded and made a live USB drive with 13.2, but when it boot up, there were graphical artifacts on the screen, I feared this would go the same way as Fedora, so I didn’t install it, how would I install NVIDIA drivers on this? Can I use the home, swap, root of Fedora for this? Or will it cause conflict?

I noticed all the Fedora partitions are on 1TB one and Kali ones are on 80GB one. So if I just delete all the partitions of Fedora will it’s entries be gone from GRUB2?

You must install the driver after you install the OS. You can’t do it before.

Maybe try a simpler driver at install. If legacy install you shold see options at the bottome of the screen select noKMS option

If EFI install you need to press 3 and find line starting linux or linuxefi go to true end of line (it wraps) add a space and nomode set press F10 to continue

Somehow I managed to install, during the setup it was able to connect to the net, but through the desktop it isn’t even finding the wireless network, do I need to add? How?

Also when I tried to wake it from sleep, I heard beeping noises from the motherboard, it never woke up, how do I resolve this problem? There are many graphical artifacts on screen and NVIDIA driver is refusing to run.

Use Yast - System - Networksettings. You’ll see the wireless NIC, stating “not configured”. Click Edit and set it to use DHCP, search the wireless routername and set the security options.

Another option is to switch to using the Networkmanager, using an icon in your systemtray: Yast - Networksettings - Global tab. Change networking from wicked to Networkmanager. If the latter is not available, install it first using the softwaremanager.

This is the error I’m getting, when I’m trying to install NVIDIA drivers

Doesn’t it store network password? Do I have to keep typing it every time I log in?

Confused…Are you really trying to install a Redhat version of NVIDIA in openSUSE. or did I miss something?? :open_mouth:

That’s the only driver available on NVIDIA.

Ok I see you have it on a USB stick how formatted?. Try copying it to your home and running from there but why not use the repository it is easier and auto reinstalls on kernel updates which the one from NVIDIA does not???

If installed the hard way you need th gcc, make and the kernel source installed