I have a laptop whch came with Vista (32 bit version) off the shelf, and for work reasons also installed Suse 11.0 back then. I never got nor the sound nor the wireless connection to work. Perhaps there was some problems with drivers due to having installed the 64 bit version, so now I want to try Suse 11.2 but the 32 bit one.
Can my current Linux version be overwritten without problems, and how do I do that? If not, please give me also some guidelines, because I am pretty hardheaded with these things.
I think your sound can be made to work, but not if you do not provide the detail needed to help.
There is a more likely chance that 11.2 will work “out of the box” than 11.0 or 11.1 when it comes to sound, as 11.2’s kernel has the 1.0.21 alsa version “embedded” where 1.0.21 alsa has a more up to date and more comprehensive “autoprobe” of sound hardware upon boot.
If you decide to install 11.2, BEFORE you install 11.2, in your current 11.0 make note as to which linux partition is located where …
ie from Linux type:
su -c ‘fdisk -l’
**and copy the output to a text file and keep a paper print. Make note as to what partition your / and /home are located.
Also make a backup copy of your /etc directory and put it on a memory stick. While you will not restore that /etc directory, there are MANY configuration files in there you may find useful to consult. Another useful config file to keep a copy of for possible consultation is /boot/grub/menu.lst.
When you install, you need to be certain the openSUSE installer is going to put the new / on top of the old / and mount the new /home where the old /home is located. If you wish to keep the old /home, you need to ensure the openSUSE installer is going to mount the /home and not reformat it. But it will need to reformat the / on top of the old / .
If you reach the point in the install where openSUSE proposes what it is going to do, but it does not look correct then STOP there. Do NOT continue. Take a picture of what you see with your digital camera, and then abort the install (before it is too late) and post your pix on a site such as ImageBam - Fast, Free Image Hosting and Photo Sharing and then reference that image in a new thread on our forum, seeking advice as to how you can fix it.
For average to advanced users, this install is incredibly easy to do, but for new users there is always (rightly so) risk and trepidation.
Please look at our new users’s guides in the New User FAQ/How-To area:
Okay, I just installed Suse 11.2. Sound works fine, and wireless appears to be (it detects my network but somehow I am not getting internet access, I´ll start fighting with the configuration then…).
However I must have done something wrong, as the installing program unistaller (what a silly tongue twister, but I think you must know what I mean. This thing was not in previous releases, was it?) didn´t work, and when I boot Windows, the option of installing Suse keeps appearing. How could I fix it? I tried reinstalling the installer and then uninstalling it again, but to no avail.
By the way, I´m sorry if you wasted some time with me in the other post, but I´ve been busy, and the things I tried didn´t work so I kind of gave up. But I´m back I guess…