New "scared" user exiling from windows!

I done with Windows
I will ONCE AGAIN attempt linxu, but i am not sure if this is for me. I consider myself “above average” on pcs and stuff but i want to get some advice.

I have tried the following distros and have ended up going back to windows

SuSe 9.1
Sude 10
even red hat

I have problems with divers etc etc etc

Any comments on what i can expect with open suse11?

OpenSUSE 11.0, comparably, has great package support and driver support.

One of the first things to install once you have completed the installation of OpenSUSE 11.0 itself is the video card drivers.

The two major drivers can be found below:

The best part about installing your drivers is that may, or most for that matter, use a “1-Click Install.” A 1-click installer simply requires you to download the package and YaST will walk you through the process, and basically do all the work for you. OpenSUSE, with some exceptions, also has a package or application to replace most Windows programs, and for free. But, by far the best thing about OpenSUSE 11.0 and OpenSUSE in general is the community support. Between the technical support of the Forums, and the bug reporting of Bugzilla, there is a great deal of community support and advice that comes along with OpenSUSE 11.0. If you need a installation guide, you can find the official tutorial by clicking here. I’ve also written a tutorial on installation (found here) if you need any further help with the installation process and the follow-up to that process.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. :slight_smile:


Couple of questions

  1. How hard will the transition be from windows to linux?
  2. Do you recomend dual bool?
  3. Is there any emulation for windows?
  4. What is the true advantage of running linux over windows?

Couple of questions

  1. How hard will the transition be from windows to linux?
    It depends…on your willingness to overcome some hurdles, on your willingness to get frustrated, willingness to solve problems, and willingness to learn.
  2. Do you recomend dual bool?
    Multi-booting (dual/triple/hex/whatever) is a good idea. You can also install “virtualbox” and run WindowsXP/Vista in a Small window in your SUSE desktop (or whatever GNU distribution you choose).
  3. Is there any emulation for windows?
    Search for WINE ( haha)
  4. What is the true advantage of running linux over windows? No such thing. What’s the true advantage to having a pair of sandals over shoes? Personal choice. Windows is good. I just like GNU better. I like ssh, openoffice, gimp, firefox, security, regular updates, built into my operating system right outta the box. Take care asking others (and asking your self) this question, as there is no “true” answer to it. It is largely a matter of opinion.

Ubuntu is an ‘ok’ distro. Slackware I dislike. SUSE is my favourite. Fedora is also quite good. Trying multi-booting Windows + SUSE 11 and get ready for a ride!! Stay tuned to the forums for lots of help.

Good luck

Well… i just deleted my entire WINDOWS xp PARTITIOn

I have 2 hard disks, so hopefully i wont loose all my mp3 and videos on my other drive!

Now, I really want to “push” myself and quitting widows, but like you mentioned, it will be a process. So what do you suggest as the best option?

The virtualbox thing or duaboot?

I want to keep windows as an emergency thing, but i want to use MOST of my desktop with suse now

Use virtualbox. Good for ‘emergencies.’ If you need help with vbox, start a new thread.

You can assign windows 265MB ram with virtualbox to run. Works totally fine. And you can make it run in full-screen mode with virtualbox Guest Additions.

If you have a paid for copy of MS-Windows, I recommend a dual boot. My reasons are:
a. it can be useful to have a bootable independent OS to help determine if problems are OS related? software related? or hardware related,
b. if you need to upgrade your BIOS, many manufacturers no longer use DOS boot floppies, and many also do not use USB sticks, but instead many manufacturers of motherboards now require one have MS-Windows. I don’t know if virtual box windows client will support a BIOS upgrade

Here is a basic openSUSE concepts guide:
Concepts - openSUSE

And a reminder: Linux is NOT Windows

DO NOT choose KDE4 as an installation option – it’s just there for the guru’s and the young warriors to test it for the developers.



i have or had 2 HDDS one with windows and the other one with ALL MY MP3s, pictures etc… and i installed linux there and now everything is gone!


what can i do to recover it

Don’t panic yet. Tell us a bit more – what do you get and what makes you think the data in windows are gone?

From Suse, execute this command in a console and post the results here:

sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

and this too:

sudo /sbin/fdisk -l

Describe on which drive windows was installed and on which partition and which version of windows was it.

Oh s***ht. And I was going to recommend removing your important hard disks (disconnect them) before tinkering around. I say take out that hard drive before you REALLY f*****ck it up royally (I’m not saying you will or even that you have already, but just in case). Just get the smallest HDD you can get, and just run SUSE on it 100%.

lol – good luck

dhound wrote:
> i have or had 2 HDDS one with windows and the other one with ALL MY
> MP3s, pictures etc… and i installed linux there and now everything is
> gone!
> help!
> what can i do to recover it

As swerdna said, don’t panic (yet). I note you deleted the XP (system)
partition before installation, so it may just be that your MP3 partition
is not mounted at boot (swerdna’s suggestions should help determine
that). You should also be able to check the partition with your backup
software, Ghost, TrueImage or BartPE (if you have any of them) or even
using another computer.


Asus M2NPV-VM, AMD 64X2 3800+, openSuSE 10.3 x86-64/XP Home dual boot
Asus M2V-MX SE, AMD LE1640, openSuSE 11.0 x86-64/XP Home dual boot

may i?
reinstall winxp on the drive that your deleted it.
then copy your data on a cd dvd or usb drive.
you have 2 hdd,
keep winxp and unplug it (if its sata its easy) if not, get a hdd drawer.
with the other one, install opensuse and get the hang of it and when you will be at ease (and i mean read all the info published on it) then and only then… scrap your winxp.
the reason: when you will be frustrated with linux (and it will append) you go back to winxp you do yours things and then your try again suse and again and again.
its is worth it. that is what i did and it worked fine with me. no more windows…

good luck

THANK YOU GUYS! thanks!!!

Doing a little reading I figured how to “mount” my other HDD
All my files are there!!! but they are READ ONLY! I need help with that.

So this is what I currently have!

1 HDD with open SUSE
2 HDD with all my songs etc etc…

I mounted it and it appears on my “computer”
it is “/media/sdb1”

Question is…

How can i make it appear on my “home folder”
How do i know if it properly mounted??
Do you recomend instaling windows and dual booting or what?

The advice we give you depends on whether you’ve made it an external or an internal drive and on whether it’s NTFS. Is it NTFS? Is it an external drive or internal? How did you manage to mount it?

Great ! Did you mount them with “NTFS” driver or with “NTFS-3G” driver? [NTFS-3G means NTFS 3rd Generation driver]

If you wish to have read/write, you are best to use the NTFS-3G driver:

The standard “default” openSUSE convention is to have Windows drives mounted as /windows/C and /windows/D

But you could change the mount to /home/your-user-name/C

Its always best to install windows 1st, and Linux 2nd. If you install Windows after Linux, windows will overwrite your MBR (master boot record) during the windows install. Hence then you have to use the Installation CD/DVD to do a repair of the MBR.

ok guys… first of all thanks!

I am a little confused if i did this right.

  1. I did the following… on the YAST I entered the partitioner and did what you guys yped here. I selected the partition and mounted it. I recall seing something like this “0x42 SFS” or somethig similar.

my HDD which is INTERNAL appears on /media/sdb1 and I CAN see it along my other 2 linux partitions.

Is this right?
How can i change my files so i can use them?

Thanks in advance

I’m a bit confused. Can you copy and paste (one line at a time) into an xterm/konsole:
df -h
su -c 'fdisk -l’

and copy and paste the output here? When prompted for a password, enter the root password.

ok… what will those commands do?

  • “df -h” will provide a list of all partitions that ARE mounted and where.

  • " su -c ‘fdisk -l’ " requires root permissions (hence the “su -c”) and it will provide a list of all partitions that can be seen, whether mounted or not mounted.

It is very useful to compare the two.