Feb 25, 2008
I downloaded the openSuSE 10.3 ISO and, using "PowerISO 3.9" burned it to a DVD. The DVD booted up no problem so I set about installing to a partition on my USB harddrive, which seemed to go OK, until I tried to boot and found that Linux had put something on my C: drive which stopped my system booting at all. I guess it wasn't hungry because it got to "GRUB" and crashed out. Luckily my system is set up with a small Windows98 (FAT32) partition, with my WinXP Pro (NTFS) on a larger partition, (all my data and workfiles are on a daisy-chained second harddrive), so it was relatively easy to re-do the Win98, modify the 'boot.ini' file, and I was back to square one.
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No point in going that route again so I dug out an unused 16GB harddrive, disconnected my usual Win harddrives, and set about installing openSuSE 10.3 on the spare drive. Everything seemed to go fine, working my way down the steps in the column on the left, it downloaded all the updates/patches etc until....it got to the very last step and it must have been very near the end when the top third of the screen went 'splat', a solid white band across it and an error message, which, I know, I should have written down, but didn't, but I seem to remember something like "Yast" or similar. I did try to boot from unfinished installation, but got exactly the same screen.
Basically my PC spec is:-
And my DVD drive: -