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Re: [SLE] V7.0 Professional - Yast2 hangs during installation
- From: stenhoj@xxxxxx (Niels Stenhøj)
- Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 15:53:23 +0200
- Message-id: <39BA40D3.DD6D729A@xxxxxx>
IMHO this is not a specific SuSE problem. This can happen
to W95, W98 and 2000 as well. I've found that it's a hardware
Your machine must reach working temperature before
booting, installing, partitioning, formatting etc.
What we are talking about is the fact that the
coefficient of expansion is not the same for the
phycical disks as for the arms carrying the RW
heads of your harddisk. Any misalignment of the
tracks during the installation or boot process
can cause the system to hang. In Windoze a symptom
is a message of failure to access the registry. In
SuSE it may be a failure to start Samba or another
If complying with the rule of letting the machine
reach working temperatures before actually starting
saves you for a lot of problems. To accomplish this
press Del to enter the BIOS menu. after a couple of
minutes, press Ctrl Alt Del to start the machine.
Installation on a clean hard disk.
"And no man putteth new wine into old bottles."
I admit that despite complying to the above rules,
installation failures may still occur. To me this
happens if I try to install a new system on top
of a hard disk which only has had its master boot record
erased. So I overwrite the intire disk using the
OnTrack disk utility (for Quantum zerofill.exe)
remembering to let the machine reach working temperature
before starting this utility. Then I partition and
format the disk and finally I press Ctrl Alt Del to
let the CD-1 boot and start the installation process.
I also remember to manually select partitions without
This way, Yast2 works brilliantly. If you feel sorry to
(re)configure too much because of this new and virginal
installation, you may wish to have a look at the back
up, that you, of course, remembered to burn before even
thinking of installing a new SuSE release. Else you
may be lucky to find that a new release has resolved
sources of irritation.
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