__/ [ Nog ] on Monday 27 February 2006 00:40 \__
> emccaughrin@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> Have got an HP "Media Center" m7070n PC - pretty vanila PC, recently
>> purchased, no unusual hardware. SUSE 10.0 does NOT want to
>> install on the thing.
>> The SUSE installer gives 3 options - the "Default" install hangs, and
>> the install with "ACPI disabled" option gives cryptic error messages.
>> The "Safe settings" install option kind of goes through - I get as
>> far as being able to choose software to install, time zone, etc.
>> But then it tries resizing the existing windows NTFS partition,
>> at which point it bails out with a cryptic error message.
>> Over the years, I've done plenty of Linux installs with Red Hat - never
>> had a problem. If someone can give me a clue as to what I'm doing
>> wrong with SUSE, please let me know. Tried googling, and going
>> to the Novel/SUSE web sites, but no info could be found on this.
>> The partition resize bailed out with only an error code (-32xxx or
>> something like that).
>> I got slightly more useful kernel messages during the "ACPI Disabled"
>> attempt,kernel says it doesn't like the status codes being returned by
>> IDE and SATA devices.
> It's best to start with unpartitioned disk space for your linux install.
I believe that Ubuntu handles partitioning rather well (having used the
facility and heard from others about similar experiences). Dealing with
partitions which comply with fragmented filesystems and immovable blocks all
over the disk surface can be hard. Attempt to resize partitions using
Partition Magic in Windows and also fully defragment (defrag.exe) under
Windows. Then re-attempt the installation of SuSE 10.0.