openSUSE 11.2 on old Sony Vaio laptop

Hi all

I tried to installed OpenSUSE 11.2 “i586” on an older Sony Vaio laptop (model PCG-XG9) with 20 GB HD and 128 or 256 MB RAM (not sure). There is no ethernet port, but I have a PCMCIA WLAN card “Cabetron RoamAbout 11 Mbit/s”, which should work perfectly with any Linux.

The computer had Win98 on it originally (which, of course, after all installation attempts is now destroyed). The problem is that I cannot install to the end at all - no matter what I try:

  1. Having the disk as a single FAT partition (made by a Win98 installation CD), it appears that the installer cannot create the correct partitions needed for Linux.

  2. Having deleted the DOS partition with FDISK from Windows98 - which is like buying a completely new, unformatted HD from a store. But again, it cannot automatically set the partitions…

Is there a manual / instruction page somewhere how I should partition the disk manually (how to do it, and what sizes are recommended for each partition)?

This would be great. Thank you, Christian

256MB is not much RAM to install in, just barely usable for KDE. Try a lighter desktop. Also with 20GB, I would just have one / partition and one swap.