Just installed Suse 9. It went smoothly and seems to work but I've had some
problems with it. Also tried Mandrake 9.2 but had installation issues. I'm
hoping someone could answer a few questions before I try another install
(choosing packages takes forever! : ) )
I've listed my hardware specifics at the bottom of this post.
During the Mandrake 9.2 install, it just stopped after the installation
summary. The installation was about 90% done... packages installed, most of
the configuration completed, etc. Any ideas why this might of happened?
Suse 9 installed without a problem (using Gnome, not KDE). It seemed to be
running well but I had a bunch of "newbie" issues... Sorry that I don't have
details, but I can't find a newsreader in my Suse installation so I have to
boot back to WinXP to post questions. It's even harder when I'm in Linux and
have to reboot to XP just to see the helpful posts you guys provide.
- No screensavers installed
- No news reader installed (or at least not on the menu)
- Three different browsers (Konquerer, Mozilla and Galeon(?)) installed, but
no icons on the menu for them. Also, double clicking an HTM file showed that
there was no program installed for HTM files.
- Tried to run the "Check.sh" script supplied by ATI to figure out what
version of XFree86 I had ("XFree86 -version" works fine ATI!) and I just got
a bunch of errors saying that files were missing.
- Trying to make the install from ATI's rpm gave errors that I had to go to
another directory and run a make command, which I tried and it failed. I'm
assuming that some files I need to compile a kernel are missing.
- Many of the buttons on my mouse weren't configured unders Suse (Mandrake
seemed to find all 8 buttons)
Suse seems to support my hardware better than Mandrake, but Mandrake seems
to install more of the desktop "fluff" that keeps us newbies amused until we
can enjoy spending hours banging away in a terminal session. (Yes I like my
proportional antialiased desktop fonts over a Text only display)
Finally, my current partitioning scheme seems to be OK, (Suse doesn't
complain) but I'm looking for comments...
/hda = ~40gig IBM deathstar
/hda1 = 5.85gig /boot partition (reiser FS)
/hda2 = 37gig extended partion with...
/hda5 = 494meg swap
/hda6 = 35.7gig /home partition (reiser FS)
/hda7 = 1gig /shared partition (Fat32) - used to shuttle files between
Linux and XP
/hdb = ~80gig Windows XP drive formatted NTFS and on an onboard Promise
(/hda and /hdb might end up swapped since I'm now booting from the WinXP
drive in BIOS)
Asus P4C800E-Deluxe mainboard (Intel 875 chipset) with onboard:
- Intel gigabit LAN
- AC'97 audio
- USB 2.0
- VIA 1394 firewire
- Promise RAID controller for PATA/SATA RAID
- Intel IDE RAID
P4 2.6Ghz 800mhz bus CPU running at 3.2ghz
(2) OCZ PC4200 256meg DDR memory (2.5-4-3-8)
ATI Radeon 9600XT AGP video card
Logitech MX700 USB mouse
Pioneer DVD-R drive
LG 52x CDRW drive
40gig IBM deathstar PATA drive (Linux drive)
80gig Maxtor PATA drive on Promise controller (Win XP)
...Basically looking for anything that would help a newbie out.
I definately appreciate all the help you guys provide.