I’ve just installed openSUSE 11.1 using the 586 iso image on an Intel machine with very little trouble, so I downloaded the 64-bit version for another machine, an AMD Athlon 64 with Vista on a 160GB disk (C: and D: drives).
No luck with that, I’m afraid. I got as far as the “Preparing disks …” stage, which took more than 40 minutes until I got the message “System error code -1012” (at 3% done).
I tried again, this time using the “Expert Partitioner”, which revealed that almost half the disk had disappeared, and the rest was listed as Windows in NTFS partitions described as “Linux Native”. Can’t be both, surely? And no way to get at the missing 62GB.
Back to Vista :(. It booted OK, and I could see that the missing 62GB is “unused”. So I formatted it as NTFS (no choice), and tried to install SUSE again.
This time I got to “System Analysis”, “Searching for Linux Partitions” – should take at most a few milliseconds on a bad day – showing 60% complete for more than 90 minutes, by which time the spinning cursor was frozen and no progress made.
Didn’t know what to do next, so went back to Vista again :’( and started this thread.
There should be no reason why it should not install. Have you run the media check from the dvd menu?
I always prepare my discs with Parted magic. And create the partitioning I want.
Have you got a dvd for vista? Just in case!
I’m glad you asked me that. It failed, but the installation carried on regardless. The successful installation on the other machine was also from an iso image which failed the media check.
(It takes my "broad"band all night to download a 4GB image, hence my eagerness to also press on regardless.)
I’ve decided to set up the partitions using the live 64-bit version, which I’ve just downloaded and burnt (it’s only 681MB). Is this a good strategy? I have partitioned disks before, years ago, usually with RedHat or OS/2 Warp (RIP).
I have Vista back-up discs, plus a recovery partition. Yes, I know the recovery partition is not guaranteed to survive either. Can’t say I’d miss Vista in any case – the worst Windoze version yet, and that’s saying something. And I’ve backed up all my data to external hard-disks, twice.
OK, I booted the SUSE Live CD, and it media-checked OK. lol!
Tried to use it, as planned, to remap the 62GB of free space I had previously formatted under Vista with NTFS. Using the Yast partition tool I split it into Swap (swap), root (ext3), and home (ext3) and then clicked Finish.
Error -1012, unable to mount HP. HP is the label of the 160GB disk in the HP fs7000 base unit as delivered. And the disk layout is screwed up again, so that the 62GB mentioned above is once again invisible, as it was after I got the original error in post #1. Amazingly, Vista still boots and works – as well as it ever did. :X
I have no idea how to proceed now. :’(
Unless it’s possible to repartition and format the free space with a Linux filesystem from within Vista. Is that possible? If so, is it advisable?
I had a similar problem with Fedora 11 what I recommend our atleast it’s a work around is Install Ubuntu x.xx it seems to have a very destructive partitioner and you should be able to install openSUSE right over it.
That sounds like good advice, Goldie, and I have indeed ordered a ready-made DVD from Linuxiso. I can’t keep waiting overnight only to get yet another corrupt downloaded image. Is this a common problem?
Meanwhile I’ll press on with Caf’s partitioning advice, and see what happens.
> I can’t keep waiting overnight only to get
> yet another corrupt downloaded image. Is this a common problem?
depends on how you are trying to download it! (carrier pigeon, dial up
modem, broadband, ftp, hhtp, torrent, etc)
and, on what kind of equipment you are using to try–like, some
versions of M$ software find it totally impossible to download any
file over a certain size and, i think i read somewhere that trying to
download to a FAT file system might be a problem (sorry, i don’t know
the max size or which programs/file systems work correctly or
not…i’ve not used M$ in so long i don’t have a clue…but, i’ve
heard others here strongly advise to use the torrent which
automatically will self correct the download until it is perfect)
if you use the forums advanced search function i’m sure you can find
sufficient instructions on how to download a good copy with (even) Vista…
I ate the pigeon for lunch last week, with some fava beans and a nice Gueuze Lambiek.
Wired router – ADSL "broad"band (in rural Wales) – http – Firefox with DownThemAll extension on both platforms (Vista and SUSE).
I’ve been using Firefox and DoThAll for years, and never had any problems with downloaded software or any other files before, on Vista and XP. But I guess 4+GB is the biggest download I’ve ever attempted in one chunk.
I’ll take a look at the torrent method, and look at the docs you mentioned. Live and learn. Thanks.
From what you have already said. I’m fairly certain sda3 is part of your creation.
Let me explain: sda2 is an extended partition, it just acts as a container for sda5 and sda6
What you need to do is delete sda2,3,5,6. (Actually you will need to delete 6, then 5, then 3, then 2
Then all the space that leaves create one big extended partition. Then inside the new sda2 - create 3 logical partitions
/ (root) 20GB
/home (all the remaining space)
> I’ll take a look at the torrent method, and look at the docs you
> mentioned. Live and learn. Thanks.
welcome, there is an option on the download page (at least here there
is, see http://software.opensuse.org/ HEY, click on the Help link in
the 3. block) to download via torrent…i just click that and some
(default) torrent app pops up and i leave it to do its thing (part of
which is to check EVERY chunk until each is 100% correct…THEN it
says it is finished)…
one thing you might be plagued with (with the hhtp method) is the
default address for repos is actually some kind of fancy thing that
gets redirected to a mirror somewhere…and, sometimes you get
directed to a mirror which is dog slow or just quits after a while…
You’re right, Caf. In the first place I tried to install SUSE and let the installation shrink the Vista partition. Something went wrong after that, so I went back to Vista and set up and formatted a partition structure with Vista Disk Management, and then booted up the SUSE iso disc. That didn’t work either.
Now that I’ve taken your advice and removed my partition structure on Vista, so that the space was just empty and unformatted, the 64-bit installation builds its own structure and gets a lot further, but still fails because of corrupt application files. No surprise, I guess, because the media check had failed.
So I tried installing the 586 image instead, and that worked fine (though that also failed the media check). I’ll replace it with the 64-bit version when I get the mail-order disc, which should be today or tomorrow.
So I’m almost there. Thanks again.
Next question: I gather that Reiser is the up-and-coming file-system for Linux, but most people seem to stick to ext3 or ext2. Is that because Herr Reiser is in gaol, or because the FS is not good enough yet?