why does the dvd need to be in to load opensuse?

I had originally installed opensuse using a dvd with 10.3
I now have 11.1 (auto upgrade I guess, but not 11.2)

Is there a way to have it so that I can boot without the DVD being used?
It slows the boot process, and I cant do much with the dvd drive as it seems to look for info on it regularly (although its 10.3).


This makes little sense.

Tell us what happens when you don’t have the DVD in
What DVD is it anyway? 10.3, 11.1?

There is no auto upgrade

Sounds like you might want to re-install from scratch to me

wow. What a brain fart from my side.
I had the bios boot up only from the CD and DVD, and no where had I allowed it to boot from the IDE drive…
I just booted without the DVD now for the first time since over 1.5 years… :embarrassed:

I had 10.3, and now sysinfo shows I have 11.1
Not sure how that happened.
What is the procedure to get 11.2?


Well I don’t know if I would like to tell you for fear all goes wrong. Because IF you have by some miracle moved from 10.3 to 11.1 without specifically doing it, then that is ODD.

Please open a terminal and post the result of the following

uname -a
zypper lr -d

megasalex wrote:
> What is the procedure to get 11.2?

  1. get it from: http://software.opensuse.org/112/en

  2. READ the directions linked to on THAT page, and in all the threads
    here: http://forums.opensuse.org/new-user-how-faq-read-only/

  3. burn it… (don’t forget to READ how to, first)

  4. install it (don’t forget to READ how to, first)


ok, for uname I got:

Linux linux-iuqe #1 SMP 2010-02-22 16:49:47 +0100 i686 athloni386 GNU/Linux

and for zypper:

| Alias | Name | Enabled | Refresh | Priority | Type | URI | Service

1 | KDE:Community | KDE:Community | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/KDE:/Community/openSUSE_11.1 |
2 | Packman-RPMs_1 | Packman-RPMs | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | Index of /suse/11.1 |
3 | openSUSE 11.1-0 | openSUSE 11.1-0 | Yes | No | 99 | yast2 | cd:///?devices=/dev/sr0,/dev/sr1 |
4 | repo | Main Repository (Sources) | Yes | Yes | 99 | yast2 | Index of /source/distribution/11.1/repo/oss |
5 | repo-debug | openSUSE-11.1-Debug | Yes | Yes | 100 | yast2 | Index of /debug/distribution/11.1/repo/oss |
6 | repo-non-oss | openSUSE-11.1-Non-Oss | Yes | Yes | 100 | yast2 | Index of /distribution/11.1/repo/non-oss |
7 | repo-oss | openSUSE-11.1-Oss | Yes | Yes | 100 | yast2 | Index of /distribution/11.1/repo/oss |
8 | repo-source | openSUSE-11.1-Source | No | Yes | 100 | yast2 | Index of /source/distribution/11.1/repo/oss |
9 | repo-update | openSUSE-11.1-Update | Yes | Yes | 20 | rpm-md | Index of /update/11.1

I originally installed 10.3 in the summer of 08.
Trying to think back, as I reinstalled it later (clean install) by cliking the get it on the main screen. Maybe I got 11.1 and thought I still had 10.3???
Its been a weird morning for me :beat-up:

You are indeed running 11.1

Personally I would get the 11.2 DVD and do a fresh install (backup anything important)
Keeping your /home partition is possible if you have one. But it will have to remain in the current format (probably ext3)

There is a way of upgrading in place, but if you already did that somehow from 10.3, I would not really advise it:

The method is to replace all your repos with 11.2 equivalents.
The I would reboot to level 3, login as user then become su and do the following

zypper ref
zypper in zypper libzypp
zypper dup

The ideal would be a complete format of the entire file system, new install of 11.2 and use ext4 file system and then restore your personal files from a backup later.

Note if you were a 10.3 KDE3 user, and if you used KDE3 in 11.1, that it is no longer available in 11.2. At least it is not available without doing a lot of extra work after an 11.2 successful install. Novell/SuSE-GmbH in 11.2 have followed the lead of many other distributions, and dropped KDE3 support. KDE4 is now the only KDE desktop in 11.2


I’ll go ahead and backup all the files.

Thanks for your help, its appreciated.