Extremely slow Suse64 install on new HW
I'm having - right now at the time of writing this post.. - probably the most weird installation problem/experience I've seen so far.
I've installed and used various OSes before, RedHat many years ago, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and many Windows and even some Mac Oses... but never ever have I encountered the weird behavior I have with my new HW. I'm now trying to install Suse 10.1 and the installation is unbelieavably slow, the installation has been running for approx some 4-6 hours now and everytime I press some button on the screen it takes some 15 minutes again for anything new to appear on screen.
I'll try to do some short explaining followed by some HW specs and then a plea for help..
-- what has happened
I have successfully run several LiveCDs, including ubuntu32 804 but some 32 bit versions does not boot normally (like the knoppix Live CD that works on several of my older PCs).
The ubuntu32 was blazingly fast and booted normally.
The ubuntu64 804 was insanely slow, a few times it ended up in some GUI that ticked forward with the ubuntu logo in 1/25 of normal speed - looked very weird.
Some times the ubuntu64 ended up with now GUI at all but some terminal with virtually no valid commands.
However, I need 64 bits OS to be able to use my 8 GB of RAM and I'm trying to install Suse 10.1 right now due to the fact that I need VMWARE server support and that version seem to be the highest Suse version supported according to pdf.
HW (new) specs in short:
core 2 duo
ASUS P5B SE motherboard
8 GB RAM (YES: ALL IS FOUND BY BIOS)
2 x 500 GB SATA HDDs configured (properly - I'm very sure of that) in BIOS with built-in motherboard RAID 1 - these are noted properly during every boot
--- some own thoughts
. DVD player is ok since some CDs work perfectly
. ISOs is ok, md5 checked and doublechecked and..
. HW in general is probably ok since some OSes (like some Live CDs works perfectly and blazingly fast)
. I have tried to check everything in BIOS, esp related to CPU but sees no apparent error.
. I do not think this has anything to do with Suse
I'm hoping I have overlooked some kind of 64 bit related setting in BIOS or something, but friends keep saying that things just ought to work so I donno..
So, could anyone save my weekend a few hours from the PC..?!