Upgrade from 11.2 to 12.3

Trying to upgrade from 11.2 to 12.3.
Problem is that the 12.3 disk is detected, but I can’t select the install option as the keyboard is not active.
So, can’t use neither the keyboard or the mouse to select a different option than the boot from hard disk.
Is there some way to get the keyboard to be recognized?

Do you have USB keyboard?

Stop. You cannot jump multiple versions and upgrade.
You can optionally retain “home” if you have it on a separate partition and format other partitions.
You should probably look into your BIOS settings to fix the keyboard issue

Yes, does that mean that I need to get a different keyboard?

How do I look at “BIOS” settings?

On 03/23/2013 06:36 PM, vazhavandan wrote:
> Stop. You cannot jump multiple versions and upgrade.

correct for two of the following (the first two), the third can
probably do more, but NONE are guaranteed to work–so be warned…
http://tinyurl.com/35p966c
http://tinyurl.com/93uemsr
http://tinyurl.com/7l4m2td

and since openSUSE 11.2 is FAR out of date and support, i wonder if
maybe you are running SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop/Server 11 SP2
(some erroneously call that SUSE 11.2 and confuse it with openSUSE 11.2)

if so, STOP because it is impossible to upgrade from SLED/S 11 to
openSUSE 12.x


dd
http://tinyurl.com/DD-Caveat

On 2013-03-23 20:56, parrisgeiser wrote:
>
> arvidjaar;2539907 Wrote:
>> Do you have USB keyboard?
>
> Yes, does that mean that I need to get a different keyboard?

That would be a way, yes. Try.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

Thank you for your reply. Assuming that I can’t get a PS2 keyboard, is there any way possible to simply install 12.3? I have everything that I need backed up and am willing to just bite the bullet.

On 2013-03-25 00:16, parrisgeiser wrote:

> Thank you for your reply. Assuming that I can’t get a PS2 keyboard, is
> there any way possible to simply install 12.3? I have everything that I
> need backed up and am willing to just bite the bullet.

I can only think of removing the drive and doing the installation on a
different computer, then plugging the disk back. Sometimes it works,
some times it doesn’t.

But have a look at your bios setup first. And don’t ask me what to look
for, I can not see your screen and I have no idea what options it offers.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

You should probably tell us your mother board manufacturer or the name you see first on the blue screen . Each manufacturer uses a different set of keys to configure stuff.:shame: It is your hardware / BIOS which is preventing selection of things on boot menu.

Try a different USB keyboard, even try using a different USB port. Unplug any non-essential USB devices. If the keyboard responds at the initial DVD boot screen, press <F2> and select the language/keyboard layout. Also try selectin ihe video mode “no kms” or “text”, because the keyboard is handled by the graphics system. Anything iis worth a try if you have nothing to lose.

Yes you can upgrade across multiple versions, it is just not supported, and sometimes more than a bit masochistic. I have moved a bunch of machines from 9.3 to 11.4, and am currently migrating from 11.4 to 12.3. The desktop configuratio files in the users home directories are a much bigger problem than the root directory. But honestly unless you have a number of machines and users life’s too short. If you do attempt this I recommend going to run-level three and uninstalling all the graphical stuff (desktops and X) first. After upgrading add the relevant patterns to get your preferred desktop environment with YaST. Mostly a clean install, and copying back the machines ssh2 keys is best, especially whrn you have physical access to the machine…

On 2013-03-25 05:56, eng-int wrote:
> Yes you can upgrade across multiple versions, it is just not supported,
> and sometimes more than a bit masochistic. I have moved a bunch of
> machines from 9.3 to 11.4, and am currently migrating from 11.4 to 12.3.

Jumps usually work better with the offline method. Recently someone
commented a jump from 11.4 to 12.3, live method; resulted booting with
systemv. Systemd had then to be installed separately. He upgraded
another similar system via offline method, and worked flawlesly.

Online upgrade
method

Offline upgrade
method

Chapter 16. Upgrading the System and System Changes


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)