April 29, 2002 - SuSE 8.0 Installation
Well, here we are again, another new SuSE. This one claims to be the greatest yet. Course that is what they say everytime. This time I ordered the Update Package over the Web. The only difference between the Update and the Full version, besides the price, is the full version has new manuals, which I don't read most of the time anyway and besides .. the update came with an Update Manual.
First order of business is to make copies of everything that I don't have copies of already. These copies were made to my other system, and to a Zip disk. Also some to a special section on the Winodws drive of this computer.
I am going to try the Update method first. I really don't want to have to re-setup everything unless I have to. I just hope that there is enough difference in the new KDE to notice that I have updated. But there is the other things that I wanted to do also. I kinda wanted to redo my disk partitions and I would like to check out the recovery CDs that I got from HP before I have a problem. Nawww.. don't need all that hasel right now.. just update.
Well, the update went fairly well. I slept thru part of it. However, when all was done it came up with no problems ... at least none visable yet. On re-boot there was a question as to whether you wanted KDE to use the old configuration or develope a completely new one. For now, since I am Updating, I said use the old. The icons came up in a vertical line on the left side of the screen. I moved them around and fired up Netscape. Works fine. Then I fired up VMware ... or I should say that I tried to. It didn't come up and I believe that I know why .. the kernel has changed and a certain portion of VMware will have to be recompiled with the correct kernel info. Tomorrow.
April 30, 2002
Well, as usual the problem is with Windows. To bad I have to work in both . The problem is with VMware. Can't get it to bring up my Win2K. Hmmmmm.. Ok since I am having problems anyway I'm gona re-arrange my partitions. The main Windows XP partition doesn't have to be so big. However, I am sharing data between the two systems so I want the extra WinXP partition to be a little larger.
Well, another bad idea. couldn't make the partition larger. In fact I made it a little
smaller. It is just at 16GB and that makes the cluster size 8k. Still a lot of disk space waste but better
than 16k cluster that it was. This is how the drive looks now:
Drive C: and G:(D:) have 8k clusters. The second partition is called G: in WinXP and D: under Linux.
Now I am still not having any luck with VMware. I really don't want to re-load this whole thing again but it looks like I might have to. Everything else that I have tried doesn't work. I know there are some Guru's out there that could probably fix this in a flash, but, I'm not a guru and I don't understand what is wrong. I came from the Windows world where you had to do a lot of reloads anyway. Besides, I see that for the most part the Update worked. It is just this problem with VMware/Win2K. Hmmmmm, better check my Oracle before I tear it all apart. Ok. Oracle works.
All right now, before I do a full reload, which probably won't work anyway, I am gona look around on the Web and also try to do some analysis on this VMware / Win2K problem.
Ok now... I didn't do a full reload of Linux but I did a remove and reload of VMware. I was able to then get it to come up and run. I reloaded VMware and Windows 2K and it worked fine. Now I am trying to restore my loaded up Win2K version that I haved tarred. I'm hoping that I really only needed to reload VMware. Hmmmmmm..very interesting...My previous tarred versions will not work. I have to use the newly reloaded VMware and Win2K. Therefore, I will have to create some new tarred images.
May 01, 2002
Still gots problems. Sometimes VMware works and sometimes it don't. Now that is really all that I can find wrong with this version. I'm gona bite the bullet and reload the whole thing in hopes that some library conflict will get resolved and this VMware problem will go away. For some reason I don't think it is gona make any difference ... but I want to see how a full install works anyway.
Well, a full reload did make a difference. I got a new fancy background and the lock
screen and logout buttons are in the task bar. They were not there after the "update" and I thought it
was just a new way. But not so. they are back and in color. To me ... that is an indication that I might
have been right. Somehow there was a conflict on the update. So I have greater hopes. However:
May 03, 2002
Oh for a computer system that loads correctly the first time...
I got version 8 all installed last night but went no further. I was tired and
went to bed. Now here it is the morning and I am greeted with bad news. I tried
to set up VMware and it complained. The sources
that were loaded were for 2.4.18-4GB and the system was running 2.4.18-64GB-SMP!!!
Now I only have a single processor system. I don't remember getting asked about
the kernel. Hmmmm... Well .... what now???? I'm gona try a re-load again. Oh!!
I almost forgot. At boot up I got this Blue Screen that was questioning my mouse.
It was a little troublesome making the selections, especially after making a selection
nothing obvious happened. so I finally got the Accept and when it followed thru
my mouse worked. This is the most trouble I have had with a Linux system and my
Hi Peter, I didn't bother to include the previous discussions cause this is getting to big and I want to give a full report on the results. Pieces of the other conversation will, I'm sure, come up in this one. Now the itemized report: 1. Found it strange that "to much" mem was/is a problem. It is usually the other way around. [:-)] 2. I had restored my system to SuSE 7.3 cause I needed the VMware portion. (I have to work in both worlds.) It was a full re-load of SuSE 7.3, Oracle, Samba and VMware. So once again I have the system as it was before trying SuSE version 8.0. (as close as I can get) Before starting the 8.0 "update" I set the kernel param "mem=850M". Want to see if the settings are kept when new version is loaded. 3. Re-boot with SuSE Linux 8.0 DVD in the drive. 4. Selected "Update" ... want to keep as much of my setup as possible. 5. Chose "Update installed packs only" (Like to make my own software choices.) 6. Good: I was informed that I had forgotten to install "ispell american". (in the 7.3 version) 7. Now I was informed that I had to make a manual decision on 6 packages: gvim, mp3blast, quanta, radiusd-cistron, sudo and url-get ... Ok. 8. 690 packages we selected to update. (That's pretty much all of them.. [:-P] ) 9. Update finished .. re-boot required. 10. Little Bad: - After re-boot, a dialog box says "All packages updated successfully". 'Ceptin I could not move my mouse cursor. Well let's see now, the mouse cursor is over the OK button so let's just try clicking it ... nope. Ok let's try the "Enter" key. Ok. Now it is writing the "System configuration". Still can not move the mouse. Hit "Enter". 11. The system went on to finish the re-boot... and the update. 12. At the Graphic login screen it shows both of my users. ctaylor and oracle. The mouse moves now.!! 13. Signed on a ctaylor ... as normal. 14. Dialog asks if I want to use the "old" KDE 2 config or a "new" KDE 3 config. I don't trust this far enough to loose everything again ... at least not now. I am saying use old config. Last time I said "new" all I got was a trash can and I don't believe that this mem fix fixed the other problems. (more notes at bottom) 15. Good: Got the KDE 3.0 dialog that shows the login steps. My background is the same and I got my two windows from xinitrc. However, all of my desktop icons are in a vertical line on the left side. 16. Good: All of my icons were there including the Sip. I was able to move them around on the screen (desktop) where I wanted them. .... I also have my 1280x960 screen. 17. First to check the kernel params. Well, they have drastically changed the Control Center. Could not find a configuration edit that would let me check the kernel params. I checked lilo.conf and the new mem param was still there. 18. Did a uname -a and it has come up with the correct kernel. 2.4.18-4GB. This is good. (On the previous full install of SuSE 8.0 it came up with 2.4.18-4GB.) 19. Good: Ok now we try VMware.... it came up. 20. Great: Clicked on the Power On and my Win2K came up!! Now for the test. Can I shut it down and get it back?? 21. Shut down Win2K and then VMware. 22. Marvelous: Restarted VMware and then Win2K and it still works. 23. Now for the next big test.... Power down the machine. Performed a full shutdown. 24. Turned power back on and let it re-boot. OK 25. Clicked on VMware and it came up. Clicked Power On and my Win2K came up. 26. Check on Oracle. Great! Oracle still works. Was able to bring it up and execute SQL. 27. Check on Samba. Another Great!! It is running and not causing any conflicts with VMware. 28. Allrighty now: I have a fully working SuSE Linux 8.0 Ok. As I mentioned above there are some minor quirks.... and praises or likes: Just as a reminder, my system consists of: * Hewlett Packard Pavilion 9995 with 2.0Ghz P4 * 1GB of RAM * 80GB Hard Disk * 1 DVD+RW and 1 regular DVD * 3.5" floppy * Iomega 250MB parallel port Zip drive. * ViewSonic A90 - monitor * nVidia GeForce 2 - video board * Came with WinXP but I dual boot with Linux and I am in the Linux portion 90% of the time. * Hewlett Packard cp1700 InkJet Printer. I have this Networked with two other HP Computers (both running Win98). One of them has the printer and I access printing through it. The Good: * I like the Graphics. They are smooth and professional looking. * KDE now has visual distinctions between the hidden files and the normal ones. * It keeps my sound control in the task bar. I don't have to set it every time. * Since I need index.php I edited the new one to put in "index.php". Closed down Netscape and restarted apache. All appears to be OK.... again . * A Big Positive: I was able to setup my printer, which is Networked through my wife's PC, while I am composing this letter and the printer works. Least the test pages did. Great I didn't have to re-boot or anything. The biggest factor is that my printer was one of the selections. Great!!! * This would have been the cleanest Update of all had it not been for the weird memory problem. * The CD slowness that was in 7.3 is apparently fixed. Took less than 1 hour to load up Win2K through VMware. Almost as good as 7.2... [:-)] The Not Sure: * The Full version loads in a KDE 3 version that shows nice thumbnails of graphic images in a directory. The Update version does not. The Bad: * My http.conf file got changed. The new file is quite different but it appears that most of the differences are just comments. (However, as mentioned above I could edit the new one.) * It detects my video board and monitor but they are not in the selections when I try to make changes. The Ugly: * No mention of my floppy or Zip drives in Initial Settings. If a Full install is performed the Zip drive is not detected and installed. * Attempt to change display resolution. 1280x960. Would not let me set the width and height properly. Then I lost the mouse cursor!! So weird. I could move the mouse and see things get hi-lited but no mouse cursor. I try to change the screen resolution and I loose my mouse cursor. Making changes to the screen setup gets real ugly. I can not get a proper width and height. * In the installation settings it does not let me select the kernel. I selected the sources but there was no indication as to whether it is for single or multiple processors. It chose the wrong one. [:-(] * To much memory causes problems. Something like this should never happen. Lots of memory is gold. [:-)] * In an update, I was given the choice of using the old KDE 2 config or the new KDE 3. I chose new and all I got was an empty desktop with a trash can!! This is all I have time for right now. On that testing ... I don't want Alpha or Beta or Omega. What I want is a DVD just like you plan on releasing to the public BEFORE it is released. (I'll even pay for it) I strongly feel that if your latest version will load on my system that it will work for almost everyone. Especially the people who we want to convert from Windoze to Linux. (I, like a lot of them, have to work in Windows to make some money.) I like the SuSE version of Linux and I believe that there is great potential. You guys (and gals) have all been cordial and responsive. So far you haven't let it go to your heads like RedHat. (they are the Microsoft of Linux as far as I am concerned) Please stay the way you are and don't get greedy. Time and fortune will come to those who wait.... properly and patiently. Take care, Chuck