Two problems during openSUSE 12.1 installation

Hi all!
I just bought a new PC and I’m having problems installing openSUSE.
I used a few Linux distributions (Mandriva, Fedora, Ubuntu), but openSUSE (KDE) is my favourite. I have been trying to install it for two weeks now, but it just won’t work. I downloaded all versions (starting with 11.1), both 32-bit and 64-bit and I tried to install using Live CDs and DVDs. Nothing works, and there is always the same problem. The splash screen loads just fine (the one asking me what I want to do). As soon as I choose “Installation” or “openSUSE Live KDE” this happens:

http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/2836/251120111218.th.jpg](http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/580/251120111218.jpg/)

I can’t see anything, and it looks like my monitor is broken. When I choose “openSUSE Live”, I can hear a start up sound, so I think everything works just fine, but I can’t see it.
Sometimes (after a few restarts) I am able to see some parts of the screen, like this:

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/7204/251120111214.th.jpg](http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/13/251120111214.jpg/)

I tried to install, but then another problem shows up. openSUSE does not “recognize” (couldn’t think of a better word) my partitions. I’ve got about 200GB of unused space (unallocated space), but openSUSE tries to shrink my Windows partition, like there is no other place to install. I always use this method when I want to install Linux (and I’ve installed it a lot of times): I leave free space when I install Windows and then I install Linux there. I tried to make a partition in Windows using this space and openSUSE does recognize it, but I am unable to change it or do anything to it (delete it, resize it…).
Anyway, after all of this I gave up on installing openSUSE and tried to install Ubuntu 11.10 and 10.04 (32-bit and 64-bit), but the same thing happened again (ugly screen and not-recognizing-unallocated-space problem).
The only thing that worked was installing Mandriva 2010.2, but I really, really want to use openSUSE :’(
Any ideas what I am supposed to do?

Oh, yes, my PC specifications:
PROCESSOR: AMD Athlon II X4 (Quad-Core, 2.6 GHz)
RAM: 4GB DDR3
GRAPHICS CARD: AMD Radeon 6450
OS: Windows 7, 64-bit
PARTITIONS: 1. System 150GB (Basic,Primary); 2. Data 150GB (Basic, Logical); 3. SystemReserved (made by Windows) 100MB (Basic, Primary); the rest of 200GB is unallocated space.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Sorry for my bad English.

On 11/30/2011 01:56 PM, Loleeca wrote:
> As
> soon as I choose “Installation” or “openSUSE Live KDE” this happens:

choose this instead, and make sure your disk is perfect:
http://tinyurl.com/3qde66h

if it is ok, then this is an obvious video proplem and hmmmmmmmm, maybe
your machine is TOO new…because i see no support for Radeon 6450
here: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:ATI_drivers

hmmmm…have a look here, maybe you can discover what is going on:
http://tinyurl.com/37v9y7m

let me stop to admit: i’ve never had a machine with an ATI video, so . . .


DD http://tinyurl.com/DD-Caveat
openSUSE®, the “German Engineered Automobiles” of operating systems!

Add “nomodeset” in the Options line before booting.

Thank you both for such quick answers. please_try_again - that helped :slight_smile: I can’t find a way to thank you enough :smiley:

When you are done installing the system, you can install the latest proprietary driver for better performance. You won’t normally need the option nomodeset anymore (in most cases). If you want to go for the atiupgrade method, open a terminal and type these commands:

su -l
zypper ar [noparse]http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/please_try_again/openSUSE_12.1/[/noparse]  PTA
zypper refresh
zypper in atiupgrade
atiupgrade

what is solution to the below line
‘I tried to install, but then another problem shows up. openSUSE does not “recognize” (couldn’t think of a better word) my partitions. I’ve got about 200GB of unused space (unallocated space), but openSUSE tries to delete my Windows partition’.

As am also stuck up with this issue.

Thanks
Sujan

On 2012-01-10 18:46, annemsujan wrote:
>
> what is solution to the below line
> ‘I tried to install, but then another problem shows up. openSUSE does
> not “recognize” (couldn’t think of a better word) my partitions. I’ve
> got about 200GB of unused space (unallocated space), but openSUSE tries
> to delete my Windows partition’.
>
> As am also stuck up with this issue.

Your description does not seem related to the original problem in this
thread. Please start a new thread and describe your problem in full.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4 x86_64 “Celadon” at Telcontar)