Actually this is both a question and a log of experience in installing opensuse Leap 15.0 (beta) on a new Lenovo Ideacentre PC.
Disclaimer: I have not kept up with all the new stuff happening on the hardware side and that might explain my confusion.
Question: Can I replace the 16GB Intel Optane M.2 NVMe module on my motherboard with a compatible but larger (say 128GB NVMe) M.2 drive and install the OS on it? If not, how do I get the most out of the Intel Optane “memory”?
Installation experience: The Lenovo Ideacentre PC came with an Intel 3.6GHz i7 CPU, 2TB hard drive, 16GB RAM, nVidia 1050Ti card, 16GB Intel Optane NVMe card (attached to the motherboard), DVD RW, integrated sound, WiFi, Bluetooth and card reader.
It’s been a while since I tried installing linux from scratch on a new machine, so please bear with me.
The machine came with Windows 10. I tried installing opensuse Leap 42.3 but it first hung on udev. Then, when I added “nomodeset” on the command line (because of the nVidia card) it got past the udev hang, but it stopped with “No hard disks found.” I then decided to try the beta version of opensuse Leap 15.0.
Leap 15.0 (beta) discovered the hard drive and allowed me to install linux on it. But when I rebooted for the first time (with the Leap 15.0 beta DVD still in), it hung with something like “Unable to boot.” To my amazement, when I removed the DVD and booted, it went into Windows 10 which I thought had been eradicated. Massive cognitive dissonance time.
Y’all are probably laughing your asses off right now but eventually I figured out that the problem was the Intel Optane M.2 NVMe SSD which had cached Windows 10. I then went into the BIOS and disabled the Intel Rapid Boot SATA controller thingy. Reinstalled opensuse Leap 15.0 beta on the hard drive (and not on the Intel Optane stick) and now everything looks fine. Even the sound and WiFi work out of the box.
But my question remains? Can I get more/something out of the Intel Optane NVMe? Or can I replace it with a larger and compatible NVMe? I have an M.2 Samsung PM961 256GB card but it won’t go into the slot vacated by the Intel Optane card.