i bought the new sony notebook
the specs are
Sony Vaio VPC-Z12Z9E
Intel i7-620M, 8192MB, 4x64GB SSD, 13.1" WUXGA (1920x1080), Win7Pro, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M und Intel GMA HD, GLAN, WLAN (300 Mbps), Bluetooth, Webcam
the notebook have 4 ssd cards in raid 0 - its an intel software raid but suse recognize it and i am able to install it. kde or gnome installation is success but a boot loader cant be installed. i can life with - start install, cancel and start the installed system. but nothing found. also i could enter the dev name for boot but what dev is that
anybody an idea
if you need more infos please write me you question
i have no idea what you guys need to give me a hint in the right direction
So, if the present version of openSUSE can not be installed, have you considered installing openSUSE onto an external hard drive? It would leave your present setup alone. If the problem with seeing the hardware is because of the kernel version in the installed version of openSUSE, you can then upgrade the kernel to something newer. For instance, USB3 support is buggy in the installed kernel 2.6.34, but I can upgrade to 2.6.35 after I install openSUSE and kernel 2.6.36 will be coming out as final pretty soon.
You can buy a small external hard drive pretty cheep here in the US, under $100 for a 500 GB. I purchased an iomega 500 GB Helium Go for $85 US plus local tax. It is no were near as fast as SSD’s, but it does not need to be. Any such external installation will leave your Windows 7 intact and working as a dual boot setup. It is my understanding that openSUSE 11.4 intent is to be based on kernel 2.6.37 when it arrives next year and by then, it may install just fine on your setup. If you want instructions on how to install to an external hard drive, just let me know.
its not in discussion to install it on a seperate harddrive - sorry.
its a notebook which have the advantages that is a peace of hardware which you can carry to everywhere and whenever you want. whit a external harddrive the advantages is gone anyway
the install works. suse recognize my raid system, my configured raid set, i setup the partitions like i want - everything works fine just grub cant be installed
now i am looking for any way to boot in linux with my notebook without any external hard drive - but thank you for the idea.
how i can boot in linux
i remember something like cancel the install and than you have a boot; prompt
here i enter the /dev/xxxxxxx
but what is the xxxxxxx
how i can find it
Well good luck, I hope someone knows how to help with that hard drive setup. Also, not to send you elsewhere, but Ubuntu 10.4 comes with Grub2 which is rumored to be in the offering in future versions of openSUSE and it can be used to load openSUSE as I understand it. You could try this other distro to see if grub2 can handle your hard disk setup.
Keep in mind that the little hard drive of which I speak has no power supply, just connects by USB and is less than 1/4 the area of a typical mouse-pad and only 3/4" thick. Should you not have any luck with your present request, I would rethink the situation. I happen to use an external hard drive to prevent the modification of my Work laptop setup, which is a big no-no for me (to make any changes to my work laptop software). And the external hard drive is just another solution for my situation, allowing the running of openSUSE. I stick it in my bag next to the power brick and external mouse I carry around. I don’t feel my laptop has been reduced in function or ability by having an external hard drive with me.
I’m not sure what all the previous posts were about…
You are in for a difficult time if you want to run any linux distribution on that machine. I’ve got the same laptop and I can tell you that it was time consuming getting opensuse running.
I forgot to mention… when you install opensuse for the first time you must remember to enable booting from mbr. Before you click the last button to install you will see it underlined.
Follow this link to get started: Linux on Vaio VPC-Z
I used the old method that is now crossed out on that page.
I should also mention! It looks like the released 2.6.36 kernel has at least some of the fixes for sony vaio z laptops. I don’t know how well it will perform in regard to the various fixes listed in the link I provided above, but perhaps you should wait and install 2.6.36 from Index of /repositories/Kernel:/HEAD/openSUSE_11.3 when it becomes available. Right now the kernel version is listed as rc8.
sunscape I should also mention! It looks like the released 2.6.36 kernel has at least some of the fixes for sony vaio z laptops. I don’t know how well it will perform in regard to the various fixes listed in the link I provided above, but perhaps you should wait and install 2.6.36 from Index of /repositories/Kernel:/HEAD/openSUSE_11.3 when it becomes available. Right now the kernel version is listed as rc8.
It is possible to install the new kernel using a script file I have written. Just download the final kernel version 2.6.36 source file and use my script to compile it. Your old kernel will be maintained for you and still a selection in your grub menu.lst file.
S.A.K.C - SuSE Automated Kernel Compiler
Read through the whole thread and download the more resent version at the end. If you have not done so, I suggest that you go into YaST / Software Management and select View / Patterns. Then elect to install the development packages for Base / Kernel & C/C++ before you try to compile the kernel yourself. I have installed the new kernel on four machines so far with great success. I do suggest you disable any screen savers before starting up a session. Total compile time can be up to one hour, so that you know.
OOohh a script. I’ll give it a try.